Wednesday, 13 July 2011
How to Make your own cleaning products
Most toilet cleaners contain chlorine which is poisonous to humans and pollutes water systems. Use vinegar to remove lime-scale and as a disinfectant. Clean the toilet with a brush and mix a little vinegar with hot water to wipe around the toilet.
Most polishes are made using synthetic solvents, silicones and artificial perfumes. Use a damp cloth to wipe over surfaces and use polishes made from natural oils and beeswax. Make your own by mixing one part of lemon juice to two parts of olive oil.
General Purpose Cleaner:
Most contain a cocktail of powerful chemicals such as ammonia, formaldehyde and ethanol which are bad for the environment and poisonous. Wipe surfaces with soapy water and use vinegar diluted in warm water. To remove water lines in hard water area use neat vinegar or lemon juice. To make a general all purpose cleaner mix half a cup of vinegar and a quarter cup of baking soda in two litres of warmish water. Use to clean shower panels, chrome fixtures and mirrors.
Add half a cup of vinegar to four litres of water.
Make a paste of a quarter of a cup of baking soda, two teaspoons of borax, two tablespoons of salt, 2 tablespoons of liquid soap and sufficient water to make the paste.
Simmer leaves and stems of rosemary, sage and lavender in just enough water to cover the plants for about 25 minutes. Once cool, strain and use to wipe over sinks, toilets and baths to provide a fresh scent.