Posted by: webbhouston | December 7, 2008

Kids are gross so adults have to fix it

My children put everything in their mouths.

Yes they eat from the floor.  ( -10 mommy points I am sure)

Because of this I make sure that every cleaning product that I have and use is the least toxic as possible, if toxic at all. Because we are poor and I dont like giving money to corporate giants like Clorox and their Clorox greenworks line (which I find to be as much of a travesty as I would find Nestle making breastpumps) many of our cleaners are home made. I have a few favorite bases from which I make all cleaning products.

  • vinegar – seriously this does everything but your taxes
  • Tea Tree Oil – has antiseptic qualities and smells divine
  • Baking Soda – great for scrubbing, stains, etc. It deodorizes too, which is why many of us keep it in our fridge, now you know. 🙂
  • Dr. Bronner’s Castille soap – seriously can be used for just about everything. I dilute it and put it in a foaming bottle to be used as dishwashing soap. You can wash your hair with it, just about anything you would normally use soap for.
  • 20 Mule team Borax – This is old school, many people dont even know much about it now but your grandmother probably do. This works as an alternative to bleach.  I do not keep bleach in my house at all and do just fine. If you have someone that is immuno compromised in your home you might need to have it on hand in some instances but we do not.
  • Essential oils – Other than Tea Tree mentioned above, you can use Lavendar, Lemon, and many others for cleaning. I cook with EOs too so I just keep them around for tons of purposes. Massage, Aromatherapy, cleaning… you name it.
  • Salt – great scrubber, can be used in conjuction with lemon juice and others to clean and be used as an abbrasive.
  • Lemon juice – grease killer
  • Olive Oil – good wood polisher
  • Hydrogen Peroxide – Mold Killah’

There are a few others that can be used but these are my old stand bys. I always have all of the above in my home and I use most of them for so many things I couldnt even name them all.

While most of these can be used alone to clean certain things they can also be combined and made into little witchcraft combination and used as well. Here are some tips for them used individually and in combo with each other.

Mix any EO that you like the smell of with baking soda: 2 cups of BS with three or four drops of EO. Let dry and dust the inside of garbage pails, diaper pails, anywhere that needs it. Also put it on carpet and leave there for a bit and then vaccum it up. It will deodorize like a charm.

Vinegar with water works as a great All Purpose cleaner. It cleans windows and mirrors. Disinfects countertops, cleans floors, and just all around makes things spiffy. OMG DID I JUST SAY SPIFFY?? You can mix it at a ration of 1:1, add a couple drops of lemon EO or Lavendar EO for smells and additional cleaning properties if you wish. If you add some baking soda it works on hard water deposits and chrome. Baking soda alone with a little water so it is a paste cleans up grout snd tile like a charm.

Full strength vinegar works great in toilets, especially icky toilets with water stains and other unsavory stains. Much safer than the harsh chemical stuff that you can get at the store that has awful fumes and burns your skin. I also use it as a fabric softener, I add it to the rinse cycle of my clothes. If you cloth diaper it works really great at removing the pee smells because it makes chemical friends with the ammonia and makes it go bye bye.

Olive oil with two drops of lemon EO polishes wood and smells divine. Take that pine-sol!!

Lemon wedges are great at cleaning up chopping blocks, put some salt on it and scrub with a lemon cut in half, cut side down.

Borax works great in laundry with washing soda, and with vinegar for another spin on an all purpose cleaner. Mix with lemon oil for a good abrasive.

Warnings: Label your concoctions. Eventhough these are not as harmful as other stuff you would have at home PLEASE do keep them out of each of kids. These things still should not be consumed in large amounts by kiddos or pets or anyone.

Of course this is only the beginning. For more tips check out Organic Housekeping from your library. This book is ab fab.

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  1. […] https://webbhouston.wordpress.com/2008/12/07/kids-are-gross-so-adults-have-to-fix-it/Because of this I make sure that every cleaning product that I have and use is the least toxic as possible, if toxic at all. Because we are poor and I dont like giving money to corporate giants like Clorox and their Clorox greenworks … […]

  2. A low cost, green eco friendly, healthy natural way to clean is to make a homemade liquid cleaning product from soapberry which grows on the Chinaberry tree and has been used for thousands of years. It works very effectively.

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