Sunday, October 28, 2012

Green Cleaning Supplies

Citrus furniture polish

10 drops Lemon
5 drops Lime
5 drops Bergamot
2 tsp. light olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
purified water

Put olive oil in 16 oz. spray bottle, add essential oils and vinegar. Fill the rest of the bottle with purified water and shake well. Please do a patch test first just in case.


All natural cleanser

A natural antibacterial cleanser that helps you clean your home without hurting the planet. The aroma of the essential oils makes the cleaning experience a pleasure.

1 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons (or more) liquid castile soap
2 teaspoons tea tree essential oil
1 teaspoon peppermint essential oil
1 tablespoon white vinegar

Blending Procedure:

1. Measure the baking soda into a bowl with a tight fitting lid.

2. Add approximately 2 tablespoons of liquid castile soap. Mix well to create a paste-like consistency. If you need more liquid soap to do this, add it a little at a time until the mixture is like a paste -- pliable but not soggy.

3. Once you have a consistency you feel like you can work with, add the
essential oils and mix well again. The addition of vinegar last helps to boost the cleaning power.


Mold and Mildew remover

1/2 cup  white distilled vinegar
15 drops of essential oil, use lavender or peppermint for this.

Put the above in a small spray bottle.  shake, Spray this concoction directly on mold and mildew. Don’t rinse. The smell will dissipate.
Note: Make sure to avoid your eyes!


Herbal Disinfectant

Here is a wonderful disinfectant that is definitely “all natural”.

1/2 cup fresh leaves and small stems Rosemary
1/2 gallon water (the less water, the more concentrated the solution)

Simmer leaves and stems for 30 minutes
Strain and use to clean sinks, toilets, tubs, baby trays, etc. Anything you would normally use disinfectant for. Add a bit of dish liquid to remove grease on surfaces.
Disinfectants can also be made by using these fresh herbs:
Eucalyptus (leaves and flowering stems)
Juniper (berries)
Lavender (leaves and flowering stems)
Sage (leaves and flowering stems)
Thyme (leaves and flowering stems)
Angelica Root (leaves and flowering stems)

4. To use, scoop out a little of the cleanser and use a sponge or other cleaning tool to gently scrub your tub, shower and sink surfaces. A little goes a long way and the antibacterial effect of tea tree gives you extra peace of mind.


Tea tree oil has many uses for housekeeping. You can prove to
yourself how well it works to kill mold and mildew with this simple
test: Put 2 teaspoons of Australian tea tree oil in a spray bottle
with two cups of water. Don't rinse. Spray the mixture on something
musty. Let the smell dissipate (it will take a few days). The smell
of mold and must will be gone, too, never to return as long as the
source of moisture has been removed.

Here are five smart ways to use Australian tea tree oil at home:

1. General Tea Tree Oil Spray
As mentioned above, combine 2 teaspoons of Australian tea tree oil in
2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake to blend. Spray on mold and
don't rinse. The smell will dissipate in a few days.

2. Tea Tree Oil Grout Spray
Using the same formula as in #1, spray grout to repel mold and
. While this formula won't take away the mold discoloration, it
will kill the mold.

3. Musty Mold Remover
The must will be removed from anything using the above formula. Just
don't rinse.

4. Household Antiseptic Spray
Use the above formula to spray areas that need antiseptic attention,
such as after someone has vomited.

5. Laundry freshener
Add 1/2 teaspoon tea tree oil to your laundry for towels and other
fabric prone to getting moldy.

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