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More Green Cleaning Recipes

On my Sunday post I talked about going to a seminar at the Soap Dispensary and learning how to make some green cleaning products by the Queen of Green, Lindsay Coulter. Refer to the link below or the Queen of Green website for the Liquid Laundry Detergent recipe. Today I am revealing the last two products we made. The first product is a gentle scour. I put it in my glass Green and Black’s Cocoa jar.

Lindsay Coulter’s recipe for All-purpose scour

A non-abrasive for tubs, tiles, sinks, etc…

1 2/3 cups baking soda

1/2 cup castile soap

1/2 cup water

2 tbsp vinegar

Mix in this order, preferably on the day you plan to use it.

It seems to keep well if shook up right before using. I used it to clean our kitchen sink. It spread nice, sudsed up and rinsed well. Then I wiped it up to make sure all the residue was gone and to make it shiny!

Spurred on by the sparkliness of our kitchen sink, I attacked the en-suite sink. It was in rough shape.

The scrub made easy work of it and look at it now…

Here is the last recipe we learned and the last one I will be posting. Please visit the link immediately below to read all Lindsay’s recipes and to learn more on how to break up with your cleaning products.

Lindsay Coulter’s recipe for All-purpose spray

For tubs, tiles, counters, microwaves, floors, etc…

1 gallon hot water

1/2 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup liquid castile soap

1 tbsp borax

Mix in the order of ingredients.

I used the All-purpose spray to clean the window above our kitchen sink and the little ledge. Great job! We would definitely make this a standard in our home. We still have some Shaklee Basic H to use up though. It’s so concentrated that it barely looks like it’s been used even though we have had it for almost 5 years. For window washing you add about 5 drops to a spray bottle of water. The all-purpose mix is about a 1/4 tsp to a bottle of water. I am so pleased with Lindsay’s recipes that I am almost tempted to give our Basic H away. Hmmm. We will see.

I finally had the strength to let go of a spray can of Lysol and some random left over Windex.

Do you need to break up with your cleaning products?

~Stephanie
Each day, awakening, are we asked to paint the sky blue? Need we coax the sun to rise or flowers to bloom? Need we teach birds to sing, or children to laugh, or lovers to kiss? No, though we think the world imperfect, it surrounds us each day with its perfections. We are asked only to appreciate them, and to show appreciation by living in peaceful harmony amidst them. The Creator does not ask that we create a perfect world; He asks that we celebrate it.

~Robert Brault, http://www.robertbrault.com

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About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.

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2 thoughts on “More Green Cleaning Recipes

  1. My all purpose cleaner is the same as your recipe, except mine doesn’t call for borax. It works great, but I’m going to try adding the borax and see if it makes much of a difference. If you ever run short, you can still get wonderful results without it.

    When I first started to make my own cleaners I thought it would be wasteful to toss out the old stuff, like my lysol toilet bowl cleaner, then I realized that others weren’t giving up their chemical cleaners and boxed up what I had left and gave it away.

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | May 16, 2012, 11:26 am

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