Earth Friendly Tips and Recipes – Dishwasher Detergent & Liquid Dish Soap

Earth Friendly Tips and Recipes

Dishwasher Detergent

For a natural dishwasher detergent, mix 1 cup borax, 1 cup baking soda, and 1/4 cup citric acid (found at nutrition store). Mix and then grind to fine powder. (Recipe found here.) Transfer to an airtight container to store. (Recycled glass jars work well.) Use 1 tablespoon of mixture per load. Use vinegar as a rinse agent.

Liquid Dish Soap

For a natural and homemade dish soap, combine 2 cups of liquid castile soap, 1/2 cup warm water, and a few drops of essential oils for scent (optional, especially if using scented castile soap). Shake or mix well and place in container of your choice. (Recycled dish soap squeeze bottle is one idea.) Shake well before using.

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Natural Cleaning Tips for Your Kitchen

Earth Friendly Tips and Recipes – Disinfectant and Sanitizer

Earth Friendly Tips and Recipes

Disinfectant and Sanitizer

Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are great for disinfecting and sanitizing. For a natural disinfectant and natural sanitizer, put undiluted vinegar in one spray bottle and three percent hydrogen peroxide in another spray bottle. DO NOT MIX THEM TOGETHER IN ONE BOTTLE! Disinfect surfaces with alternating sprays of each. (It does not matter which is first.) Research shows this method kills virtually all bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella. Another option for a disinfectant and all-purpose cleaner is to mix a few drops of liquid castile soap, 2 cups water, and 15 drops each of tea tree and lavender essential oil (or just one oil, but 30 drops). You can spray this on all surfaces, like cutting boards, counters, toilets, walls. It will streak glass, though. Remember to disinfect countertops, cutting boards, sinks, faucets, and refrigerator handles regularly.

 

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Natural Cleaning Tips for Your Kitchen

Earth Friendly Tips and Recipes – Oven Cleaner

Earth Friendly Tips and Recipes

Oven Cleaner

Oven cleaner is one of the most toxic cleaning products. Thankfully, there is a super simple, inexpensive way to make your own natural oven cleaner. Just sprinkle a cup or more of baking soda over the bottom of your oven and spray with enough water to make a paste. For dirt on the sides of the oven, create a baking soda and water paste and then apply. Let the mixture set overnight, spraying it a few times to keep it wet. Then just wipe it up. When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess, dab a bit of liquid castile soap on a cloth or sponge to wash the remaining residue from the oven. The first time I tried this I was amazed at how well it worked!

 

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Earth Friendly Tips and Recipes – Cleaning Stainless Steel

Earth Friendly Tips and Recipes

 Cleaning Stainless Steel

For a natural stainless steel cleaner to clean fingerprints and other streaky stains on appliances, simply put some olive oil on a clean, soft cloth and wipe. Olive oil also works on sink stains, too. To get rid of water spots on stainless steel utensils and cutlery, dip a cloth in vinegar and rub on the utensils. It’s a great way to polish and sanitize them. Club soda works well for removing stains from stainless steel cookware. Remember, never use abrasives or steel wool on stainless steel.

 

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Natural Cleaning Tips for Your Kitchen