How to Mix Your Own Cleansing Solutions
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How to Mix Your Own Cleansing Solutions

Easy ways to mix your own cleansing solutions

Limit the use of commercial household cleansers because aside from being very expensive and can eat up most of your household budget, they also contain harmful chemicals, and are also proven to be hazardous to your health. Though homemade organic cleansers may take a little longer to take effect and may not work as well on really old and stubborn stains, they are safe, toxin-free, and economical.  Here are some ways to use common household staples.  Make sure that you have regular stock of these at home so that you will not have difficulty mixing these up in case you need them.

Bathroom:  We all know how difficult it is to clean a bathroom, and when we neglect it, the stains will be stick to the tiles and will be very difficult to remove.  Use a thick paste of vinegar and baking soda in place of commercial cleansing powders. Vinegar is slightly antiseptic --- research proves it can kill 80 percent of germs and inhibit mold growth. Baking soda is an alkaline that absorbs foul odors very well.

Glass: Put an equal amount of white vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle and use to clean windows and mirrors.

Oven Area: To remove greasy spills and gook from oven floor, sprinkle floor liberally with baking soda, then pour a cup of vinegar onto it. Leave on overnight. The next day, all that gook should be soft enough to lift off with a metal scraper or a steel wool scrub. Cooking oil is the culprit in dirty oven area so make sure that you immediately wipe the spills every time you finish cooking to avoid the stain from sticking on the surface of the oven.

Refs and Stove Tops: Dip a moist sponge in baking soda and use this to clean the interior and exterior of refrigerators as well as stove tops and gas or electric ranges. Be careful in scratching the surface of these appliances.

Coffee and Tea Cups: Dip a slice of lemon in a little baking soda and rub away the cup stains with it.

Electric Pots: To remove hard water scales, empty the pot and pour in full strength white vinegar. Let pot run one cycle. Pour out the vinegar, scrape off the loosened scales, and wash well with liquid dishwashing soap. Rinse until vinegar odor is gone.

Drains: Once a week, pour a handful of baking soda into the drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar. Cover the opening either with your hand or a lid until the solution bubbles up. When bubbles subside, pour hot water into the drain to degrease it.

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Vinegar is an amazing all-purpose household necessity! Not only is it good for these cleaning methods, I have also used it with hot water in a foot bath to kill athlete's foot (it can take a few weeks or months of this treatment to work for really bad cases, but it does, and it's soothing and doesn't burn the feet like bleach), and also as a hair conditioner (rinse hair with vinegar - or concentrated lemon/lime juice - and work into scalp with fingers BEFORE washing hair. Supposedly, the vinegar is also supposed to deter head lice because they don't like the smell, but I don't know how that would work if they were desperate). Great Article!