Saturday, December 20, 2008

Eco cleaning on a budget

I make most the products my family uses on a regular basis for cleaning from Vinegar, Essential Oils, Baking Soda, Citrus Acid, Washing Soda, Castile Soap (made from sratch from oils, liquids and lye), Lemon Juice, Oils and Hydrogen Peroxide.

Here is a basic general cleaner/disinfectant recipe I use:

I mix it up and store it in a normal spray bottle that is 24fl oz

I put 8-12 drops of tea tree oil in 12oz of white vinegar and mix that with about 10oz of water and 1-2 oz of lemon juice, I use both lemon juice and tea tree oil for most stuff both for scent and for the anti-bacterial properties they both have and the fact that lemon juice is a great deodorizer.

The original recipe for this 'citrus vinegar' disinfectant solution said to take lemon, orange, lime or grapefruit rinds and let them soak in a jar of white vinegar for a few weeks I am planning on doing this once we get moved, for now I just cheat and use lemon juice. ;-)

I really don't know what the shelf life is for the solution, but I know that normal vinegar has a shelf life of a couple years or something rediculously long even opened. I've never had a problem with it 'going bad' though.

Tip: Vinegar is a great deoderizer for just about anything, just be wary of using it on clothes/diapers with stretchy parts, it can ruin the stretch, but almost anything else is fair game.

I'll post a recipe or two every few posts for different cleaning/personal care products.

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I'm a semi crunchy stay at home wife and mama of two boys. Extend Breastfeed, Cloth diaper, Cosleep, Babywear, Homeschool, Homebirth. My sons and I have some serious health concerns (allergies, growth hormone, kidney, lung, spine, etc...). We didn't realize they were genetic (or I had) until after Trace's birth. Tristian had some big medical and possibly/probably autism related delays in early childhood but also taught himself to read at 2yrs and started on math equations at 4yrs. Trace is bit delayed across the board by about 6 months, but as he's 1yr+ behind in height... it's not very noticable ;-) Trace is very musical and hands on. With plenty of common sense, love, good doctors and faith we are doing wonderfully!

This wonderful chapter in my life of discovering the green subculture has (mostly) ended. Living green on a budget has changed from the thrill of discovery to habit. This blog remains in rememberance- with occasionally crossover posting. I hope you join me- the same green mama on a budget, in a new blog celebrating life's daily experiences- LIFE O'KAY Still lots of crafts & crunchiness- with even more sweet family moments.

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