Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Natural Cleaning

I happened to catch this bit on Martha Stewart the other day. All week they are featuring ways to "go green." I saw them demonstrate these cleaning ideas, using common household products. Love it!

7. Use baking soda as a natural surface cleaner. Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with enough liquid dishwashing detergent to create a frostinglike consistency. Apply mixture to a sponge as an ideal cleaner for any sink. Or, if you don't want to use a sponge, dip half a lemon in baking soda for a great sink cleaner.

8. Make your own disinfectant spray with vinegar and any essential oil, such as lemon oil or tea-tree oil. Combine 1/4 cup vinegar, 2 cups water, and 10 drops lemon oil or tea-tree oil. Another good recipe is 2 teaspoons tea-tree oil and 2 cups of water mixed in a spray bottle. Shake well before spraying onto problem areas.

9. Use club soda as a window and glass cleaner. Use a 100 percent cotton cloth to wipe off the club soda.

10. Polish wood with olive oil. Mix 2 parts olive oil with 1 part lemon juice, and use a soft cloth to apply to wood.


Jenni said...

Love these ideas, I have been using vinegar on wood floors ever since I heard that the housekeeper's at the Lion House use that on their floors. It makes them very shiny. I have recently taken to lavender oil for many cleaning uses in the kitchen and helps keep the mice at bay...or so I hope! And who doesn't love to pour baking soda and vinegar down the drain and watch it erupt.

Design Mom said...

I saw the same segment! Where do you get the tea-tree oil?

Jenni said...

I bought Tea Tree Oil at Trader Joe's once, it's VERY potent.

jordan said...