Below are recipes for Natural Cleaning Products you'll actually want to use. Buffalo Girl Soaps carries a complete assortment of essential oils to enhance the cleaning, sanitizing and pleasing smell of all these products. We'd like to thank www.livingwellspendingless.com for these great recipes.
1. Bathroom Cleaner:3/4 c. baking sodajuice from 1/2 a lemon (about 1/4 c)3 tablespoons salt 3 tablespoons liquid dishwashing soap1/2 cup vinegar10 drops essential oil (optional)
Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl to make a paste; use scrub brush or sponge to apply to tub, shower walls, & sinks. (Be sure to test a small area to make sure paste does not scuff tub surface; if so, eliminate the salt from the mixture! Rinse well with water and a wet rag, then dry with a clean rag or old towel.
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2. Toilet Bowl Cleaner:1 cup baking soda1 cup vinegar10 drops essential oil (optional)
Turn off flow valve to toilet & flush 1 or 2 times until water is drained. Pour in baking soda, then slowly pour in vinegar, being sure to get vinegar to cover as much of the bowl surface as possible, then add essential oil. The baking soda will react with the vinegar–this is normal! Use your toilet brush to scrub surface & remove any rings or stains. Turn water back on and flush.
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3. Furniture Polish3/4 cup olive oiljuice from 1/4 lemon1 tablespoon vinegar3-4 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
Dampen rag & squeeze out excess water. Dip damp rag into furniture polish, the wipe on surface of furniture. Buff off with an old dry towel. Can also be used to polish stainless steel!
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4. Glass Cleaner1 1/2 cups vinegar1 1/2 cups water5-10 drops essential oil (optional)
Mix vinegar, water, & essential oil together in spray bottle. Spray on glass & use squeegee, crumpled newspaper (Tip: use newspapers that are at least 2 weeks old to avoid black fingers!), or a lint-free rag to get a streak-free shine. Also works well to shine chrome and countertops after you’ve disinfected them.
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Whisk all ingredients together well in large bowl, then pour into spray bottle. Spray on, then wipe surface clean with a damp cloth. Can be used to clean and disinfect almost any surface!
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6. Stainless Steel Cleaner2 tablespoons baking soda1/2 cup vinegar2 cups warm water
Mix ingredients in spray bottle. Mixture will foam up; when it stops bubbling, put on cap and spray stainless steel surface, then wipe clean & dry with lint-free rag. To add extra shine, use furniture polish above.
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7. Homemade Dishwasher Detergent1 cup baking soda1 cups borax1/2 cup saltvinegar (add to rinse compartment!)
Mix first three ingredients well & store in airtight container. To use, add 1 tablespoon to each of the 2 compartments in your dishwasher and 2 tablespoons of vinegar to your rinse compartment.
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8. Floor Cleaner1 cup vinegar1/2 cup baking soda 8-10 cups hot water1 tablespoon borax1 tablespoon washing soda30 drops essential oil (optional)
Mix vinegar & baking soda together in bucket; add hot water, Borax, washing soda, & essential oil and mix until all powder is dissolved. Use mop or sponge to wipe down floor; wipe dry with clean dry towel.
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9. Homemade Laundry Detergent1 bar Buffalo Girl Soap1 cup borax1 cup washing powder
This homemade laundry detergent is so cheap and easy to make that you will kick yourself for not trying it until now. Place Ivory soap in a large microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for 2 minutes, until soap turns to foam. Quickly stir foam until it becomes small soap chips, then mix well with borax and washing powder. Allow to cool completely, then store in airtight container. Use 1-2 tablespoons per load. (Tip: This detergent works best in warm or hot water; for cold water washing you may want to first dissolve in 1/4 c. of hot water.)
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10. Fabric Softenervinegaressential oil (optional)
Add 1/4-1/2 cup vinegar with several drops of your favorite essential oil to the rinse cycle (or simply place in fabric softener compartment of your front load washer.)