Sunday, April 5, 2009

Spring Cleaning

A few simple and easy recipes from RealSimple...

All-Purpose Scrub
-1/2 cup baking soda
-plant based liquid soap
-1/2 of a lemon
Pour baking soda into a bowl. Add just enough liquid soap to make a creamy paste. Spread mixture on the flat side of lemon and scrub. The lemon as as a sponge and leaves a natural citrus scent. Use a damp rag or a sponge to wipe away any residue.

Window Cleaner
-1/2 teaspoon Castile or plant based liquid soap
-3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar
-2 cups water
Pour all ingrediencts into a spray bottle and shake. Spray onto window and wipe clean with newspaper or a 100 percent cotton cloth.

Floor Cleaner
-1/8 cup plant based liquid soap
-1/8 cup distilled white vinegar
-1 gallon water
-10 drops essential oil (scent of your choice)
Mix all ingredients in a buck and mop as usual.
Mold/Mildew Spray
-2 cups distilled white vinegar
Pour vinegar into a spray bottle and spray on infected area. The smell will dissipate in a few hours (open a window to speed up the process). For areas with persistent mold problems, use tea tree oil instead of vinegar, combining 2 drops of tea tree oil with 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.

(photo via flickr)