Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday's Meal

So, not much of a meal today, but recipes nonetheless. I try whenever possible to use the least amount of toxic chemicals in my home. I'm also frugal and you can make your own cleaners for pennies so that's a big plus in my book too. I have collected a few basic recipes through the years that have served my needs well. The Internet is a wonderful resource to find great cleaner recipes. Search under words like nontoxic or green cleaning to get tons of information.

Multipurpose Cleaner

12 oz. of water
1/3 cup of rubbing alcohol
1 tsp nonsudsing ammonia
1 tsp dish washing liquid
1/2 tsp lemon juice

Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle, shake well and use on all kinds of surfaces (except painted or marble)

Another Multipurpose Cleaner

1 gallon water
1/2 ammonia
1/4 vinegar
2 tbsp of baking soda

Mix all together in a gallon size bucket. This is great for cleaning floors and bathrooms

Glass cleaner
3 1/2 cups of water
1/3 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup alcohol

Pour all ingredients into an empty spray bottle and use on any glass surface.

Laundry Powder

1 bar grated fels naptha
1 c washing soda
1 c Borax

Add all ingredients to a clean 16 oz. container, mixing well. Use the amount of powder recommended by your machine. You may need to experiment to determine the right amount you need.