Alternative cleaning products even homemade ones

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by sues1, Nov 30, 2006.

  1. sues1

    sues1 New Member

    Does anyone have hints on cleaning with natural type products?
    Posting this here as many of us has allergies, some developed them after they got Fibro and/or CFIDS.

    Like vinegar can kill as much bacteria as some well know stinky products,,,,that is highly adv. for being the best to sanitize with. I know some use vinegar, a little water and some also add rubbing alcohol (to enhance quicker drying) for window washing.

  2. sues1

    sues1 New Member

    Never mix bleach with ammonia or any chemical. Dangerous.

    white vinegar

    Mildly acidic white vinegar dissolves dirt, soap scum, and hard water deposits from smooth surfaces, yet is gentle enough to use in solution to clean hardwood flooring. White vinegar is a natural deodorizer, absorbing odors instead of covering them up. (And no, your bathroom won't smell like a salad! Any vinegar aroma disappears when dry.) With no coloring agents, white vinegar won't stain grout on tiled surfaces. Because it cuts detergent residue, white vinegar makes a great fabric softener substitute for families with sensitive skin.

    Try these recipes to harness the cleaning power of white vinegar:

    Homemade Spray Cleaner Recipe

    Mix in a sprayer bottle:

    1 cup white vinegar
    1 cup water

    In the kitchen, use vinegar-and-water spray to clean countertops, lightly soiled range surfaces and backsplash areas.

    In the bathroom, use vinegar spray cleaner to clean countertops, floors, and exterior surfaces of the toilet.

    For really tough bathroom surfaces such as shower walls, pump up the cleaning power by removing the sprayer element and heating the solution in the microwave until barely hot. Spray shower walls with the warmed generously, allow to stand for 10 to 15 minutes, then scrub and rinse. The heat helps soften stubborn soap scum and loosens hard water deposits.

    undiluted white vinegar

    Undiluted white vinegar straight from the jug makes quick work of tougher cleaning problems involving hard water deposits or soap scum.

    Use undiluted white vinegar to scrub the inside of the toilet bowl. Before you begin, dump a bucket of water into the toilet to force water out of the bowl and allow access to the sides. Pour undiluted white vinegar around the bowl and scrub with a toilet brush to remove stains and odor. Use a pumice stone to remove any remaining hard water rings.

    Clean shower heads that have been clogged with mineral deposits with undiluted white vinegar. Place 1/4 to 1/2 cup vinegar in a plastic food storage bag, and secure the bag to the shower head with a rubber band. Let stand for 2 hours to overnight, then rinse and buff the fixture to a shiny finish.

    Add one cup of undiluted white vinegar to the laundry rinse cycle instead of commercial fabric softener. White vinegar softens clothes and cuts detergent residue--a plus for family members with sensitive skin.

    baking soda

    Baking soda's mild abrasive action and natural deodorizing properties make it a powerful replacement for harsh commercial scouring powders. Put baking soda to work in your organized home:

    Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge to tackle grimy bathtub rings, scour vanities, or remove food deposits from the kitchen sink. For tougher grime, make a paste of baking soda and water, apply to the tub or sink, and allow to stand for 10 to 20 minutes. Dirt, soap scum and deposits soften and are easier to remove.

    Slow-running drains? Keep bathroom drains running freely by pouring 1/2 to 3/4 cup baking soda into the drain, and dribbling just enough hot water to wash the solution down. Let stand for 2 hours to overnight, then flush thoroughly with hot water. The deodorizing effect is an added bonus! [Do not use this method on blocked drains.]

    rubbing alcohol

    Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol provides the base for an evaporating cleaner to rival commercial window and glass cleaning solutions. Use this glass cleaning spray recipe for windows, mirrors, chrome fixtures and for a shiny finish on hard-surface ceramic tiles:

    Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe

    Mix in a sprayer bottle:

    1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
    1 cup water
    1 tablespoon white vinegar


    A strong alkaline solution, clear, non-sudsing ammonia creates stronger window and all-purpose cleaning recipes than acidic vinegar.

    Choose non-sudsing varieties of household ammonia for these cleaning recipes. Suds may look like they're working, but they're tough to rinse and remove.

    Try these formulations for spring cleaning or tough chores:

    Strong Glass Cleaner Recipe

    Mix in a sprayer bottle:

    1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
    1 cup water
    1 tablespoon clear, non-sudsing ammonia

    Strong All-Purpose Recipe

    Mix in a sprayer bottle:

    1 T clear, non-sudsing ammonia
    1 T clear laundry detergent
    2 cups water

    furniture polish

    Most of us no longer use hard-to-apply furniture wax, but rely on oil-based polish to keep furniture protected and shiny.

    Our "salad dressing" version avoids the danger of silicone oil, found in most commercial polishes and sprays. Silicone oil can penetrate tiny cracks in furniture finish and enter the wood, causing problems in the event refinishing is needed. Lemon juice dissolves dirt and smudges, while olive oil shines and protects the wood:

    Furniture Polish Recipe

    Mix in a sprayer bottle:

    1 cup olive oil
    1/2 cup lemon juice

    Shake well and apply a small amount to a flannel cleaning rag or cleaning cloth. Spread evenly over furniture surface. Turn cloth to a dry side and polish dry.

    Cinnamon and Cloves - Boil these spices for a fragrant smell. For ease of cleaning, make a cheesecloth bag to contain these spices, and boil the cheesecloth bag. An excellent alternative when entertaining is to steep spiced tea or cider.
    Oil of Wintergreen - Dampen cotton balls with oil of wintergreen and place out of sight but where air will touch them.
    Vinegar - Distribute partially filled saucers of vinegar around the room or boil 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in 1 cup of water to eliminate unpleasant cooking odors.
    I am going to search for more. Looking forward to any other hints or remarks..........Susan

  3. shar6710

    shar6710 New Member

    Wow I knew about the vinegar but I never knew you could make your own furniture polish.


  4. Susan07

    Susan07 New Member

    Great post, finally caused me to go looking for uses. I got 7 pages worth from one site.

  5. Cindyvr

    Cindyvr New Member

    You can't believe what a blessing it was to find this post!!

    I can't handle the smells of most cleaning products!! They make me dizzy and sick to my stomache! I have been using my dish soap for about every thing!! It has been about the only smell I could handle..So I went and got the vinegar out of the cupboard ( how long is vinegar good for anyway?) Opened it up and I didnt get the dizzy sick to my stomache feelings so gonna get me a couple spray bottles!!
    Thank You so much!!
  6. sues1

    sues1 New Member

    I really do not know.......but pickling things do keep pickled beets. I have never, ever, thrown vinegar out. If in doubt clean with it.....LOL.

    For a very long time I would say that if I went out in the rain or such, got a chill, I would next have a cold. Everyone would say that you do not catch colds from chills. I also had read those facts, felt "funny" about this.

    Today a magazine had a short article on getting chills and then catching a cold. It is now thought that chills affect our immune system and we are more open to cold germs and all. That helps my esteem at least. LOL.............Susan
  7. wildworld

    wildworld New Member

    You can use lemon juice on white fabrics to get stains out. Works like a charm.

    2 books that have really been helpful to me are How the Queen Cleans Everything - lots of good info on homemade cleaners that are easy on your system; also The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood - info on cleaners, as well as oils that are antiviral/antibiotic/antifungal.

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