Friday, April 5, 2013

#Cleaning with #natural products: #Bakingsoda #Vinegar and the like!

[This post was originally written in August 2012 but has been pushed back for several months. My floor doesn't look like this now! It was when I first moved into my home.]

In this post, I am going to share a few recipes I've found online and from pages I follow on Facebook. 

From Natural & Frugal: Raising 6 Kids, Cheree shared a way to freshen mattresses with the use of baking soda and an essential oil.

1 cup baking soda
5 drops of essential oil

Store in glass container with lid. Shake. Sprinkle or sift across bare mattress and leave on for an hour or more. Vacuum mattress. Leaves mattress clean and smelling great! I use AromaLand's Calming essential oil. 

From One Green Planet, a natural deodorant:

1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
2 tbl corn starch
1 tbl + 1 tsp baking soda
20-25 drops of essential oil

Mix oil with corn starch and baking soda. Add essential oil. Mix. Transfer to glass container. Keeps for 2-3 months. 

Followers of this blog state that your body may go through a detoxing time when first starting out with a natural deodorant from one you've used for years with chemicals. Consider the same reaction may occur as you move away from junk food to whole foods. 

Now onto floors!

I moved to a new place in August and I love the uniqueness of the tile in the kitchen. I had no idea until recently that the grout is not supposed to be the color that we saw! It was DIRT! Eww!! 

From Our Little Coop, a way to clean grout! 

Her recipe:
2 cups vinegar
2 cups water 
3 tbl baking soda
1 scrub brush and lots of elbow grease

Even after I cleaned the grout in what I call round 1, I saw that the grout was not as clean as I had hoped! I scouted the internet for something a little stronger. I was reluctant to use the alternative bleach (because it was my first time trying it) in round 2 but am glad that I did. 

From Accessorize and Deodorize, round 2's ingredients:
1/4 cup bleach (or *bleach alternative)
3/4 cup baking soda
1 scrub brush and lots of elbow grease

*bleach alternative: 1 cup water, 2 tbl lemon juice, 1/4 cup 3% peroxide 

Now my before and after pictures. You'll be amazed. I still look at the floor and think wow, this is some clean grout! (Yea, who says this? Me, I guess!) =)

Before! Eww- YUCK!!

Bottom left used water, vinegar, baking soda only. 

Full floor using second batch - bleach alternative and baking soda. 

I noticed that after I wiped the floor down with many rounds of hot water and towels, the floor became cleaner and more vibrant. There were some spots that were too stubborn for these two rounds. Over time, I am sure that I can remove them. 

Thanks to Surviving the Stores' inspiration, I steam cleaned my carpets with a mixture of water, vinegar, baking soda and an essential oil. I was happy with the outcome. So much better than using harmful chemicals! And much easier on the wallet! 

I'm in the process of trying to figure out how to get old rust stains from my carpet. I've tried borax and water. Nothing. I've tried borax, vinegar and salt. It lifted it a bit but not by much. 

Do you have a different recommendation to remove rust stains from carpet? I'm thankful that the stains are small until I can figure out what works! [I'm still looking for something 8 months later.]

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