Before we get going, this morning on GMA, there was a report on antibacterial soaps, cleaners etc, They are being investigated by the FDA and are being considered not safe. If you have any products in your home containing Triclosan or the words, antibacterial dump them. You will find them in soap, laundry detergent, trash bags, sponges and cleansers. You need to be exposed to some germs to build resistance, and viruses are not caused by germs so even your baby needs to build a tolerance to germs in order to stay healthy. If you want more information, just google antibacterial soap and you will find a lot of reading to do.
What do you spend on cleansers, toilet bowl cleaners, disinfectant cupboard cleaners, and just your normal cleaning products in a year? For a fraction you can purchase 5 or 6 items that last a very ling time and cost so little. The list would include a big jug(gallon) of white vinegar, about 3 bucks, a big box of baking soda and one of washing soda, both found in the laundry section and about 3 bucks a container, some essential oils if you want fragrance, a little olive oil, and some lemon juice, and a bottle of hydrogen peroxide complete the list. This whole shebang should be about 20 bucks and last maybe a year. In my blogs from back a while, is a recipe for laundry detergent, you would need a bar of Fels Naptha soap, 99cents, added to your list for a years supply and about 7 cents per load. No chemicals, cleans great. I also gave you a recipe for fabric softener, which has several uses, including a mattress refresher that is super. So a basic cleaner would be 1 cup of vinegar and 4 cups of water, add a splash of lemon juice. In a spray bottle, this cleans counter tops, bathroom surfaces etc and it does disinfect. Not for use on granite. If you add a little olive oil to a small amount of this you can use to polish any wood surface in your home. For a scrub , to use on sinks, pans etc, mix baking soda with enough water to make a paste, store in covered container. For a basic cleaning scrub, dry, equal parts of salt and baking soda make an excellent cleanser. Rivals Comet. For your wood floors, use 1 cup vinegar or lemon juice, 1 gallon hot water, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 cup liquid soap, like castile, or I make my own with grated bars of aloe melted in boiling water. You do need to follow with a clean damp mop to remove any slickness from the soap. To freshen and clean carpet, sprinkle soda mixed with ground clove, or essential oil, a few drops, over all carpet, let set an hour or so and vacuum well. Prestain for clothes- 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup soda and 3 cups of water, put on stain for a few minutes before washing. Instead of bleach which is toxic use 1 cup hydrogen peroxide 1/4 cup lemon juice and 12 cups of water. Use as you would bleach. To keep mold off you bathroom shower walls, use 1 cup vinegar, and 1 cup water with 1 tablespoon of soda, spray, let sit 30 minutes and rinse. I used this on the back of my house, north side, which was green, and it took off the green. I had no power hose, but we got 3 inches of rain a day after I sprayed and it washed off all the green. For your dishwasher, mix 2 cups washing soda, 2 cups baking soda, 20 drops of lavender or grapefruit essential oil, use 2 tablespoons per load. Oven cleaner- 1 cup each of baking and washing soda 1 tablespoon liquid soap, a few drops of vinegar and enough water to make a paste. Spread on, let sit over night and wash off. Drain cleaner- each time you clean your sinks, bathroom or kitchen, put 1/2 cup baking soda in drain, followed by 1/2 cup vinegar, let sit 1/2 hour and flush with hot water. There is just no end of ways you can use these product to have a sparkling fresh home, with no chemical fumes.
To end today, I have a healthy recipe for a dip . In your blender puree 10 ounces of roasted red peppers, you can roast your own or buy a jar, drain, 1/4 cup walnuts 1/2 teaspoon cumin and 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. Puree, dip away. This is high in selenium which helps fight wrinkles.
Hope you are enjoying this lovely weather, it's so good to be out in the yard again, planted flowers yesterday. Stay well, be green.