Household Cleaning

Rather than continually buying plastic bottles of chemicals to help us keep the house clean, have a look at this North American Guide to less toxic ways to clean, while reducing the chemicals you need to buy. Below are a few tips from their website:

Home-made Alternatives.

Multipurpose Cleaner

1 tsp. borax
1/2 tsp. washing soda
2 Tbsp. vinegar
1/2 tsp. liquid castile soap
2 cups very hot waterAdd the first four ingredients to a spray bottle, then slowly add the hot water and shake until dry ingredients are dissolved. Label the bottle.Vinegar Cleaner
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup waterWipe on, or mix in a non-aerosol spray bottle.


TipsMicrofiber cloths are a new addition to the world of cleaning which can significantly reduce use of chemical cleaning agents. These untreated, reusable cloths are made of polyester and polyamide, spun into tiny wedge shaped strands, 100 times finer than a human hair. They can lift off dirt, grease and dust without the need for cleaning chemicals, because they are formulated to penetrate and trap dirt. There are a number of different brands.  A good quality cloth can last for several years.

Floor Cleaner
Add 1 cup of vinegar to a pail of water.

Stronger Floor Cleaner
1/4 cup washing soda
1 tablespoon liquid castille soap
1/4 cup vinegar
8 litres hot water

Mix well to dissolve washing soda

Wood Floor Cleaner
1/4 cup liquid castille soap
1/2 to 1 cup vinegar
8 litres warm water

Wood Floor Polish I
1/8 cup olive oil or other vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon vodka

Wood Floor Oil Polish II
Rub with olive oil.

Wood Floor Wax
1 cup olive, almond or walnut oil
1/2 cup vodka
30 – 40 grams grated beeswax
40 – 55 grams carnauba wax (depends on hardness desired).

Put oil and the waxes into a wide-mouth glass jar or tin can and set in pot of simmering water.  Stir gently until waxes are dissolved. Remove from heat and add vodka, mixing well. Allow to harden. Use a rag to rub into the wood. If the rag “drags” too much, dip it into a tiny bit of oil.

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