Friday, February 11, 2011



I have started a Monthly Giveaway. I will be drawing names from
followers that comment. The drawings will be on the 1st of each month!

Sending a bunch of Prim Dried Carrots with some Dried Grass to a lucky FOLLOWER that has commented during February!
These will be perfect for your Spring Decor. Remember each new posting you comment on, will be another chance for you to win the Prim Dried Carrots & Dried Grass


Today's modern home is loaded with toxic and polluting substances designed to make domestic life easier Studies have linked chemicals commonly found in household cleaners to health problems like asthma and reproductive abnormalities. We believe that people deserve to know whether the products they use to wash their dishes, launder their clothes, and clean their homes contain these chemicals. That way, they can make informed choices about how to protect their families and – even better – ask companies to leave these harmful chemicals out of their products altogether!

Make sure to keep all home-made formulas well-labeled, and out of the reach of children.

These formulas and substitutions are offered to help minimize the use of toxic substances in your home.
Results may vary and cannot be guaranteed to be 100% safe and effective. Before applying any cleaning formulations, test in small hidden areas if possible. Always use caution with any new product in your home.

All-Purpose Cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. Store and keep. Use for removal of water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc.

Another alternative are microfiber cloths which 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.

Air Freshener: Commercial air fresheners mask smells and coat nasal passages to diminish the sense of smell.
Baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice in small dishes absorbs odors around the house.
Having houseplants helps reduce odors in the home.
Prevent cooking odors by simmering vinegar (1 tbsp in 1 cup water) on the stove while cooking. To get such smells as fish and onion off utensils and cutting boards, wipe them with vinegar and wash in soapy water.
Keep fresh coffee grounds on the counter.
Grind up a slice of lemon in the garbage disposal.
Simmer water and cinnamon or other spices on stove.
Place bowls of fragrant dried herbs and flowers in room.
Bathroom mold: Mold in bathroom tile grout is a common problem and can be a health concern. Mix one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with two parts water in a spray bottle and spray on areas with mold. Wait at least one hour before rinsing or using shower.

Carpet stains: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray directly on stain, let sit for several minutes, and clean with a brush or sponge using warm soapy water.
For fresh grease spots, sprinkle corn starch onto spot and wait 15 - 30 minutes before vacuuming.
For a heavy duty carpet cleaner, mix 1/4 cup each of salt, borax and vinegar. Rub paste into carpet and leave for a few hours. Vacuum.

Chopping block cleaner: Rub a slice of lemon across a chopping block to disinfect the surface. For tougher stains, squeeze some of the lemon juice onto the spot and let sit for 10 minutes, then wipe.

Coffee and tea stains: Stains in cups can be removed by applying vinegar to a sponge and wiping. To clean a teakettle or coffee maker, add 2 cups water and 1/4 cup vinegar; bring to a boil. Let cool, wipe with a clean cloth and rinse thoroughly with water.

Plastic food storage containers - soak overnight in warm water and baking soda
In-sink garbage disposal units - grind up lemon or orange peel in the unit
Carpets - sprinkle baking soda several hours before vacuuming
Garage, basements - set a sliced onion on a plate in center of room for 12 - 24 hours

Disinfectant: Mix 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar and 3 cups hot water. For stronger cleaning power add 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap. Wipe on with dampened cloth or use non-aerosol spray bottle. (This is not an antibacterial formula. The average kitchen or bathroom does not require antibacterial cleaners.)
To disinfect kitchen sponges, put them in the dishwasher when running a load.

Drain Cleaner: For light drain cleaning, mix 1/2 cup salt in 4 liters water, heat (but not to a boil) and pour down the drain. For stronger cleaning, pour about 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then 1/2 cup vinegar. The resulting chemical reaction can break fatty acids down into soap and glycerine, allowing the clog to wash down the drain. After 15 minutes, pour in boiling water to clear residue. Caution: only use this method with metal plumbing. Plastic pipes can melt if excess boiling water is used. Also, do not use this method after trying a commercial drain opener--the vinegar can react with the drain opener to create dangerous fumes.

Fabric softener: To reduce static cling, dampen your hands, then shake out your clothes as you remove them from the drier. Line-drying clothing is another alternative.

Caution: Improperly diluted vinegar can harm certain surfaces. Always test first in a small area if unsure.


BumbleBeeLane said...

Alot of these my grandma still uses.Warm Blessings!~Amy

Linda ★ Parker's General said...

Thanks for the cleaning tips.
I use some these and have for years. I use hydrogen peroxide to clean stains in the grout between floor tiles--especially urine in front of the toilet. Also removes blood from white fabric.

Anonymous said...

TFS For sharing all the recipes!

Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Thanks for all your cleaning recipes and tips. I think I will try a few of these.

jderouin55 said...

I use vinegar in all my wash as fabric softner

Kerri Arthur said...

Hey Sue!

I can't wait to try these. I will be using the carpet cleaning advise today!

I had been using a "carpet cleaner" but it must have left some kind of residue on the carpet because it ended up looking dirtier than when I started...grrrrr

Thanks so much!

Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

Thanks for the tips!
Just wanted to let you know I received my pkg. from you today.(sheep wool) I love the way you wrap everything up and put little treasures inside.
Thanks and Prim Blessings! Robin

Jonthy said...

These are all great ideas Sue. I think that laziness keeps us from researching better, healthier alternatives. I always feel a little bit woozy after using any chemical cleaners. And, of course, these alternatives are much cheaper in the long run.

Ann said...

Sue, Thanks for sharing the homemade cleaning recipes. I've been using homemade laundry det. for over a year and LOVE it. Very inexpensive and works great on dirty baseball clothes! ~Ann

Anonymous said...

I have no idea there are so many ways to clean around the using vinegar and backing soda. Always thought of them as a part of cooking but not of the cleaning in the house. Thanks for the useful tips and advices. I am considering trying it when I do my annual spring cleaning.
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Lisa said...

So much good tricks for home cleaning. I don't understand why I'm still using the services of cleaning Islington... Thank you for sharing, hope I find some time to try to clean the house myself.

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Non toxic cleaners are widely used and are safe and secure to use.
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Annabel said...

I am moving out very soon and I have to handle the cleaning. Well, I think to hire End of Tenancy Cleaning London services but your tips are very useful that a person could clean the house himself using them.

John said...

This is a very very very useful article to me. The solution with vinegar, baking soda and water was very useful in cleaning my silver dishes. I will try some of the other advices if I have to. (I hope I won't have to :D) Regards from me and Clapham cleaning . Thanks a lot!