Cleaning 2 combine with 1

Green cleaning can save your lungs and your bank account, keeping your family happy and healthy.
By Leah Zerbe
Now, make your own green cleaning recipes for mere pennies! (Excerpted from The Naturally Clean Home (c) 2008 by Karyn Siegel-Maier, with permission from Storey Books,

Simple All-Purpose Cleaner

Here’s Siegel-Maier’s go-to cleaner:

Mix equal amounts of water and white vinegar, a few squirts of castile soap, and about 20 drops of basil oil in a 16-ounce spray bottle. “This formula is great for surfaces in the kitchen and bath, spills on tile flooring, and even for minor carpet stains, she says.

Super-Easy Automatic Dishwasher Powder

2 cups washing soda
1 cup borax
1 cup baking soda

Combine all ingredients and store in a plastic container. To use, add about 2 tablespoons to the soap compartment of your dishwasher. If you find your glasses are getting a residue buildup, reduce to 1½ tablespoons.

Minty-Fresh Fabric Softener

1 gallon vinegar
10 drops peppermint essential oil

Combine the ingredients in a glass or heavy-duty plastic container. Add 1 cup to the rinse cycle for each load.

Tough Dirt & Grease Formula

1 gallon hot water
2 Tablespoons liquid castile soap
¼ cup washing soda
1 cup vinegar
20 drops eucalyptus, peppermint, or tea tree essential oil

Combine all ingredients in a large bucket. Dip a mop into the bucket and squeeze out excess liquid. Clean the floor by working in sections, using short strokes and dipping the mop as needed. Rinsing is not necessary.


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