5 DIY Replacements for Harmful Chemical Products
Interested in safe homemade cleaning products? Here are some easy mixes to make your own cleaning products using what you already have in your cupboards:
1. All Purpose Cleaner
- 3 Tablespoons vinegar
- 1/2 Teaspoon washing soda
- 1/2 Teaspoon castile soap
- 2 Cups hot water
Combine ingredients in a large bowl (with enough extra space for the bubbly reaction that will occur!). Pour into a spray bottle after bubbling ends.
2. Wood Patch
- 1 walnut
- 1 piece of damaged wooden furniture
Rub the walnut over scratches or dings on your wooden furniture.
Fill a pot with water and slices from 5 to 6 lemons. Bring the water to a boil then turn off the heat and add linens to be whitened and let soak for up to an hour. Launder as usual afterwards, and for extra brightening, allow them to dry in the sun.
4. Wood Stain
- ¼ piece of a steel wool poof
- ¼ cup coffee grounds
- white vinegar
Put the steel wool and coffee grounds into a jar and fill the rest with white vinegar. Shake it well and allow it to sit overnight. Rub down the unfinished wood surface with the steel wool twice, and let it sit out in the sun until dry. Wipe away the coffee grounds.
5. Fabric Softener
- 6 cups water
- 2 cups (16 oz.) good smelling hair conditioner
- 3 cups white vinegar
- 20 drops essential oil of your choice for extra good smell (optional)
Combine ingredients in a bowl and pour into jars or other storage containers. Use ¼ cup per load of laundry for soft, lovely smelling clothes and towels.
Do you have any green cleaning tips? Share in the comments!
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