HERE ARE SOME RECIPES THAT I HAVE GOTTEN FROM CLASSES I HAVE TAKEN OR BY SEARCHING THE INTERNET....
2 TBSP baking soda
Borax and Washing Soda should be available in the laundry section of your local grocery store. For local Vancouver are Fred Meyers has the washing soda and Walmart carries the Borax for under $3 and Lutz Hardware in Camas has the Washing Soda and Borax for a reasonable price also. Castile soap is currently available at Dollar Tree and comes in two scents, Lavender and Almond :)
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
Pour into a spray bottle.
Mix ingredients and shake well!
Use soft rag, slightly dampened with the solution.
HOMEMADE FURNITURE DUSTING SPRAY
1-3/4 cups water1/4 cup white distilled vinegar2 teaspoons olive oil1/4 teaspoon lemon essential oil (about 8 to 10 drops)
Combine the ingredients in a clean 16oz spray bottle. Shake well to mix.To use, spray onto wooden furniture and wipe off with a soft cloth to dust and clean the surface.You’ll have to shake this mixture as you use it to keep the oil and water mixed together.
Oh how I love white vinegar!
The multipurpose nature of vinegar is catching on quickly (even Mr.
Clean secretly loves it). Over the last few years we have watched the
price nearly double. Since ditching chemicals and cleaning “green” has
become more popular, vinegar is flying off store shelves. White vinegar
can still be purchased fairly cheap, and is a tough contender against
most commercial products.
Cleaning is not the only thing vinegar is good for though – here are 10 specific ways we use white vinegar around our house.
10 household uses for white vinegar
1. Get your dishes to sparkle - Pour vinegar into
the rinse aid dispenser of your dishwasher and stop spending the money
on expensive commercial rinse aids. This trick works well whether using
commercial or homemade dishwasher detergent.
If hand washing dishes, add a cup of vinegar to your rinse water for
spot-free dishes. The savings over commercial rinse-aids is insane.
2. Clean your produce - Have you seen the expensive
produce wash sold in stores? If you don’t want to rinse fruits and
veggies in plain water, you can simply wash them with one part vinegar
and three parts water. Add a little lemon juice and a touch of baking
soda to the mix to get non-organic veggies really clean. Just be sure to
rinse well with plain water before eating.
3. Perk up leafy vegetables - Don’t
throw away wilted lettuce. Droopy greens can be brought back to life
with vinegar. Soak in a bowl with cold water and a splash of vinegar for
10 minutes. Just rinse and dry before enjoying your revived produce. I
told you this stuff was magic!
4. Cooking (of course) - Over the last few years vinegar has made its way into our kitchen with a vengeance! We now love to make pickles,
dressings, and flavor soups and sauces with vinegar. For most edible
stuff Matt using organic ACV with the mother or red wine vinegar, but
the white stuff makes it to the party every now and again.
5. Keep colors from running - Soak new colored
garments to help them retain their color longer. Before washing for the
first time, soak garments in a bucket with one part water and one part
white vinegar for 20 minutes. This will save you money in the long run
because you’ll be extending the life of your clothing.
6. Soften laundry – White vinegar is very effective at removing soap residue in the laundry and softening your clothing and linens.
Add one cup to the fabric softener dispenser of your washing machine,
or fill a fabric softener ball with vinegar and toss it in the load.
Laundry comes out feeling soft and fluffy, with no chemical coatings or
perfumes like commercial softeners. Did I mention it’s a great softening
alternative for sensitive skin.
7. Clean your house
– Where do I begin? I use diluted vinegar on floors, walls, windows,
carpets, showers, sinks, mirrors, and faucets. My favorite cleaning
trick is to sprinkle baking soda inside the toilet bowl and spray
vinegar around the lid, bowl, and floor surrounding the toilet. I allow
it to sit while I go about my chores (and make sure nobody uses the
bathroom). When I return I scrub the inside of the toilet, wipe away any
remaining vinegar, and flush! Cheap, easy, and effective.
8. Deodorize - Since moving into a new house, we
have been trying to eliminate odors left by the last tenants. Smoke and
pet odors are improved by spraying a mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2
cup water enhanced with a few drops of my favorite essential oils.
Spritz this mixture into the air throughout the room; the vinegar smell
will dissipate after a few minutes leaving a fresh scent.
9. Repel ants - Ants seem to hate vinegar. Spray it
in cracks, around baseboards, on countertops, or anywhere ants tend to
crawl around your house. No need to put poisonous ant traps on your
floor that kids or pets could get into.
10. Kill grass or weeds without chemicals - Spray full-strength vinegar on young
weeds or grass that creep into places they’re not welcome. The acidic
properties of vinegar wilt and kill the baby plants by the very next
day. Really tough weeds will need a few treatments and are sometimes
better off pulling – just pull them and spray any remaning roots.
Be creative and try new ideas
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Great tip I learned from Little Leonard... Do you have a problem with fruit flies? Put apple cider vinegar in a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and poke holes in it... with in a day or two you will have a fruit fly floating graveyard!