Kitchen Tip Tuesday 2-3-09

by Lora on February 4, 2009 at 12:40 am

Due to our allergies and sensitivities to many perfumes & scents, we have begun to use homemade cleaners.  I still use store bought dish detergents, laundry detergents, and toilet cleaner, but for most everything else I use homemade.

For our general all purpose cleaner I use 2 quarts of water, 2 Tablespoons of Borax and a few sprigs of Rosemary out of my herb bed.  I warm up the water in a pot, just enough to dissolve the borax.  I then take it off the heat and let it cool and sit.  The longer the rosemary stays in the pot the more color and scent your cleaner will have.  You could use any herb, such as lavender, I happen to like the rosemary.  You could also substitute a couple of drops of essential oil as well. Put the cleaner into a spray bottle and begin cleaning. I use this cleaner on my counters and any other place I would use an all-purpose cleaner.

I make our glass cleaner with 1 quart of water,  1/4 cup of white vinegar and a couple of drops of essential oil. I put this in a spray bottle and use it as I would any glass cleaner.  We use peppermint oil in our cleaner, and I love the minty smell in the house when I’m done cleaning.

For fabric softener we use straight white vinegar in the rinse dispenser.  If the towels have gotten a little smelly, we will put some in the wash cycle as well.

For a soft-scrub type scrub combine baking soda with liquid dish detergent until you get a smooth paste.  Use this in like you would any abrasive cleaner.  I found that it works quite well in the bathtub as the dish detergent breaks down the bathtub scum really well.

***UPDATE*** Today (2-4-09) I had to clean my broiler pan which was quite disgusting after dinner. I used a little of the scrub on it, and it cleaned up quite easily. After cleaning the kitchen I put a little on my hands and used it to exfoliate them, and it worked really well.***

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1 Comment »

  1. Lora — February 6, 2009 @ 8:33 pm


    Great tip! I’ve been looking around for different things to clean the tub with. I’ll have to try your idea!

    I accidentally deleted your comment when I was deleting spam. Here it is again… and yes, I have now done it twice.

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