BAKING SODA (sodium bicarbonate): An all-purpose, non-toxic cleaner.
Cleans, deodorizes, removes stains and softens fabrics.
BORAX (sodium borate): A natural mineral that kills mold and bacteria. An
alternative to bleach, it deodorizes, removes stains and boosts the cleaning power
of soap. Please note safety precautions at the bottom of this page.
CORNSTARCH: Starches clothes, absorbs oil and grease
HERBS and ESSENTIAL OILS: For disinfecting and fragrance
LEMON JUICE: Cuts through grease and removes perspiration and other stains
from clothing. A bleach alternative.
SALT (sodium chloride): An abrasive
VINEGAR (acetic acid): Cuts grease, disinfects, removes stains and is an
excellent water softener.
Air Freshener/cleaner –
1 tablespoon baking soda
2 cups water
1 Tablespoon Lemon juice or Essential oils
Mix pour into spray bottle and spray
Toilet bowl cleaner – sprinkle water with baking soda and then add 1 cup white vinegar
1 cup baking soda (or more)
Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, then cover the grime with enough
baking soda that the surface is totally white. Sprinkle some more water over the top.
Let the mixture set overnight. You can easily wipe up the grease the next morning
because the grime will have loosened.
Homemade 'Oxygen' Cleaner
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
It removes even old blood stains! Just soak the clothing in it for 20 minutes to overnight
and then wash as usual. This will not harm fabric like bleach. Check a small area for color
Eyeglass Cleaner Refill
1 ounce isopropyl rubbing alcohol
2 ounces distilled water
Refill most small bottles!
Super Drain Cleaner Recipe
1 cup baking soda
1 cup table salt
1/4 cup cream of tartar
1 cup boiling water
Mix baking soda, table salt, and cream of tartar. Stir each time before using. Keep in a
clean, covered jar. When ready to use, pour 1/4 cup of mixture
into drain. Immediately add the 1 cup boiling water. Wait ten seconds, and then flush with
cold water for at least 20 seconds
2 Tablespoons Borax
¼ Cup Vinegar
¼ Cup baking Soda
2 Cups water
10 drops essential oil Lavender
Mix and using in a spray bottle
To clean windows and chrome fill old Windex bottle with undiluted white vinegar
Dishwasher detergent Use equal parts borax and baking soda, add soap flakes if you
wish. Fill your rinse agent cup with white vinegar.
1cup white vinegar
¼ Cup Baking Soda
Mix in a bucket of warm water
12 Cup baking soda
12 Cup Borax
1 bar of Ivory soap (grated)
Keep in sealed bucket use 2-4 Tablespoons per load depending on washer size.
1/4 cup of white vinegar added to the rinse cycle. Add a few drops of Essential oils if you
Tile and Grout Cleaner
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup white vinegar
7 cups warm water
Combine in a gallon container, do yourself a favor, and put the water in FIRST!
To use: Fill a spray bottle, spray onto tile/grout- wipe with a damp cloth or sponge, or use
a scrub brush.
Dishwashing Gel recipe
1/2 pound plain white bar soap
1/2 gallon water
Grate soap into flakes and place in large pot with water. Stir to dissolve flakes. Boil 10
minutes, stirring frequently. Pour into a glass jar and allow to cool without a lid. Once
cool, cover to prevent soap from drying out. As soap sits it will thicken to a gel
To use, pour into a squirt bottle, filling bottle 1/4 full. Fill bottle with hot water and shake
Wash fruits and vegetables in a pot of cold water with 2-3 table-spoons baking soda. The baking
soda will remove some of the impurities on the fruit. Add a little vinegar to remove more!
1 gallon of distilled vinegar
1 cup of salt
1 tablespoon of liquid dish soap
Spray these directly on weeds in the garden or pour directly into cracks of walks and driveways.