Simple Homemade Bleach Solution

Do you want the cleaning power of bleach but hate the thought of using it in your home and around your children or pets? This Simple Homemade Bleach Solution is a great alternative that is cost effective and safer for everyone. Not only does it sanitize and clean, it removes stains just like traditional bleach would. The best bonus is that it is so very simple to mix together that anyone can do it. Even your kids can help with this one.

As it is diluted when you mix it, there is no worry about figuring out what ratio of it to use on your cleaning projects. I love the simplicity of it, the fact that it doesn’t have the harsh chemical smell and that I can feel confident in the fact that my home is sanitary without using something that could make us ill.

 Simple Homemade Bleach Solution

 

SIMPLE HOMEMADE BLEACH SOLUTION

 

 

INGREDIENTS

 

1/3 Cup Hydrogen Peroxide

 

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

 

5 Cups Water

 

 

DIRECTIONS

 

Pour into spray bottle or empty jug and mix shake together.

 

Use at full strength on any surface you would typically use bleach for.

 

 

That is it. Could it possibly be any simpler? You can easily double or triple this if you need more, but since peroxide will oxidize fairly quick, I tend to only make in these smaller batches so it doesn’t go to waste and continues working effectively.

 

 

Where you have the toxic fumes of bleach and the typical issue of having to dilute it for safety, this bottle of our simple homemade bleach solution is pleasant smelling with the fresh lemon juice and totally safe to use. I don’t worry about my kids or pets getting sick when I clean their toys, bathroom or our kitchen counters with this. The best part for me is that I no longer have headaches when “Bleaching” my home.

 

Do you want the cleaning power of bleach but hate the thought of using it in your home and around your children or pets? This Simple Homemade Bleach Solution is a great alternative that is cost effective and safer for everyone. Not only does it sanitize and clean, it removes stains just like traditional bleach would. The best bonus is that it is so very simple to mix together that anyone can do it. Even your kids can help with this one.

As it is diluted when you mix it, there is no worry about figuring out what ratio of it to use on your cleaning projects. I love the simplicity of it, the fact that it doesn’t have the harsh chemical smell and that I can feel confident in the fact that my home is sanitary without using something that could make us ill.

SIMPLE HOMEMADE BLEACH SOLUTION

INGREDIENTS

1/3 Cup Hydrogen Peroxide

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

5 Cups Water

DIRECTIONS

Pour into spray bottle or empty jug and mix shake together.

Use at full strength on any surface you would typically use bleach for.

That is it. Could it possibly be any simpler? You can easily double or triple this if you need more, but since peroxide will oxidize fairly quick, I tend to only make in these smaller batches so it doesn’t go to waste and continues working effectively.

Where you have the toxic fumes of bleach and the typical issue of having to dilute it for safety, this bottle of our simple homemade bleach solution is pleasant smelling with the fresh lemon juice and totally safe to use. I don’t worry about my kids or pets getting sick when I clean their toys, bathroom or our kitchen counters with this. The best part for me is that I no longer have headaches when “Bleaching” my home.

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DIY Shower Decongestant Drops

If you’ve ever woke up to a stuffy nose thanks to allergens in the air you know how nice it would be to be able to go to work with that always popular chest rub on your chest to help you breath. Unfortunately, smelling like a medicine cabinet doesn’t always suit your needs for the day, but this DIY Shower Decongestant Drop does. Not only do you get the healing and sinus clearing benefits of the classic chest rub, but you don’t have to smell like it all day in the process. On top of the relief you can feel, this is safe and effective for your kids and even babies.

Decongestant Drops

DIY SHOWER DECONGESTANT DROPS

 

INGREDIENTS

2 Cups Baking Soda

Water

10 Drops Eucalyptus Oil

10 Drops Peppermint Oil

5 Drops Rosemary Oil

5 Drops Lavender Oil

 

  • Gradually add water to baking soda until just wet enough to stick together and form a very thick paste.
  • Add in all essential oils and mix well to incorporate throughout
  • Place in mold of choice (recommend using smallish mold around 1”-2” in diameter)
  • Allow to air dry overnight
  • Remove from mold and store in air tight container
  • Drop one in bottom of shower as needed to melt and allow essential oils to permeate and relief congestion.

 

 

These simple shower decongestant drops are a perfect quick pick me up in the morning to help you wake up when you didn’t get enough sleep, clear your congestion or help to sooth your body after a long workout. Since they are not ingested or placed on your body, you won’t leave home smelling like the medicine cabinet. The key essential oils used are the eucalyptus and peppermint but rosemary and lavender add great healing benefits as well as smells. If you prefer to go with just the eucalyptus and peppermint you can easily do so by increasing the amount slightly.

 

Store these decongestant drops in an air tight container. While you want them handy near your shower, you also want to prevent moisture from getting into them. Simply wrap them well in plastic wrap and store or drop them into a great air tight container and keep in your bathroom cabinet.

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10 Great Household Uses For Baking Soda

We all have it in the back of our fridge as well as in our pantry for baked goods, but did you know there are literally hundreds of things you can do with this hidden gem, baking soda?  Here are 10 Great Household Uses For Baking Soda that you are sure to find helpful around the house this summer.  Whether you buy an extra box for a specific purpose or reach for the box in the pantry as a last minute substitute for something else, you are sure to find this list helpful.

10 Great Household Uses For Baking Soda

10 GREAT HOUSEHOLD USES FOR BAKING SODA

  • CAR SURFACE CLEANER: Looking for a way to help shine up your car without a pricey wax job?  Make a paste of baking soda and water and rub on your paint job.  Allow the paste to sit for up to 15 minutes then rinse off as usual.  This makes a great extra easy way to shine up your car.
  • MOUTHWASH:  Run out of mouthwash? No worries.  You can help rid your teeth and mouth of plaque by mixing a tablespoon of baking soda with 12-16oz of water to use as a great rinse.  Mixing just 1/8 Teaspoon with 1/4 cup water makes a great “single serve” mouthwash as needed.
  • SKIN EXFOLIATOR:  If you have a problem with dry skin or just want a quick at home facial option, create a paste of baking soda and water (3:1 ratio) and simply apply to skin massaging as you go.  Simply rinse off and continue with your skin care regimen as normal for a nice clean look.
  • LAUNDRY DETERGENT ADDITIVE:  Not only will 1/2 cup baking soda mixed into your laundry detergent help remove odors but it will also brighten your colors.  Feel like your laundry needs a bit of freshness? Try this trick with your next large load.
  • HOMEMADE CLAY FOR KIDS:  Don’t have modeling clay or play dough on hand?  Mix 1 1/4 cups water, 1 Cup Cornstarch and 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda for a great modeling clay alternative. Play with different paint or dye to create colors for fun experiments.  Make sure to store any extra in air tight containers.
  • DEODORANT:  If you are out of your regular deodorant simply pat your underarms with a light dusting of baking soda.  This will absorb odors but won’t be very effective as an antiperspirant.  A great trick if you are in a rush and don’t have any on hand.
  • TOILET BOWL CLEANER:  A sprinkle of baking soda around the bowl and 1/2-1 cup poured directly into the bowl will cleanse your toilet and eliminate odors.  The baking soda also acts as an abrasive when using your toilet brush to help eliminate stains.  Let this mixture sit for 1/2-1 hour and scrub as normal for a sparkling toilet bowl.
  • AIR FRESHENER:  We already use baking soda in our fridge to help draw out and eliminate bad odors but you can do the same thing throughout your home.  Sprinkle in cat litter pans, over pet stains on the carpeting (vacuum after allowing to sit for a half hour), in the bottom of trash cans and even boxes in our closets to help with that musty smell that a dark closet can sometime have.
  • FOOT SOAK:  Mix 1/4 Cup Baking Soda into 1 Gallon warm water and soak your feat for a relaxing at home foot spa.
  • DE-ICER:  Baking soda is a great substitute for salts that are traditionally used to help de-ice a driveway in the winter.  Sprinkle over your walkways to help create traction and prevent falls.

As you can see these 10 great household uses for baking soda encompass all kinds of things within your home.  Not only can you use it for it’s intended purpose but you can also take advantage of having it on hand in a pinch for simple around the house jobs.  Next time those coupons come out or it is on sale, stock up with a few extra boxes to have on hand for emergencies.

 

 

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Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Cheap and Easy!

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Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Cheap and Easy! Looking for a DIY homemade toilet bowl cleaner recipe that’s cheap and easy? Check out this super simple homemade toilet bowl cleaner recipe! You’ll love it!

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If you’re like me, your bathroom just does not feel clean unless your toilet is sparkling! A clean toilet not only looks nice, but keeps your bathroom smelling fresh too. You may be hesitant to buy store bought cleaners for several reasons. After all, they can become pricey especially since you will be using them so often. For example, drop in cleansers need to be replaced every thirty days and can add up. If you have pets or small children, you may be hesitant to use harsh cleansers that can make them sick should they try to “play” in the toilet. And last but not least, you might with to bypass store bought cleaners because of the harsh chemicals they can drain into the environment. There are many reasons to want to make your own natural toilet bowl cleaner instead, and below you will find out exactly how to do that!

Making your own toilet bowl cleaner doesn’t have to be time consuming or a complex science. In fact, whipping up a batch is quite easy and very cost effective! In no time, you can have a sparkling, stain and odor free toilet that will make the rest of your bathroom shine!

Don’t flush your money down the toilet. 🙂 Instead, make your own toilet bowl cleaner and get it sparkling for less money and with less harsh chemicals! Here is how!

Recipe: DIY Basic Toilet Bowl Cleaner

What you will need:
*3/4 cup borax
*1 cup white vinegar
*1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a clean and unused spray bottle.
2. Mix well either by shaking or stirring.
3. Use immediately and do not let the product sit, as the lemon may mold.

How to use:
When you are ready to use this product you are going to pour the entire mixture into the toilet bowl. Now allow it to sit for 20 minutes. Using your toilet brush, scrub the bowl well and when done just flush to rinse. That’s it!

A few tips and tricks:
This recipe yields enough for one batch. If you don’t want the hassle of mixing this up every time you need it, just double or triple the recipe minus the lemon. When you are ready to use it, you can add fresh lemon.

You can also use this mixture on the toilet seat and lid to get rid of stains. It is safe on surfaces and should not cause any problems!

Recipe adapted from our friends at diynatural.com

***Stay tuned for the next post in our DIY Homemade Household Cleaner series, which will teach you how to make your own homemade Super Fizzy Toilet Bowl Cleaner!

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DIY Homemade Household Cleaners: Ingredients + How to Get Started

DIY Homemade Cleaners Ingredients

DIY Homemade Household Cleaners: Ingredients + How to Get Started

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It seems like everyone is taking interest in making their own homemade household cleaners these days, and they have good reason to! A recent shopping trip revealed prices as high as $6.00 for store bought cleansers, including kitchen, bath, and general cleaning varieties. When you start pricing laundry soap, you are more in the ballpark of $10.00 and possibly more. As if the cost of these cleaners is not scary enough, think of all of the chemicals are you releasing into your home each time you use them. If you have a family member sensitive to such ingredients, or even want to be a little more Earth friendly, these chemical filled concoctions may not be for you. So what do you do? You follow suit and join the many who are now making their own house cleaning products, saving not only their budgets, but the planet as well!

DIY homemade household cleaners do not have to be complicated or time consuming. In fact chances are, you probably already have a great deal of the ingredients in your pantry at home. If making your own cleaners interests you, take a peek below at how easy it is to get started, what you will need, and what you can concoct! You just may be surprised! Jot down these ingredients and head to your local market or pantry. Once you have them gathered, you are so close to getting started!

What ingredients do you need to make your own Homemade Household Cleaners?

The following ingredients are common occurrences in the DIY homemade cleaners you are going to learn how to make. You will want to make sure you understand their uses and what they can do for you. These products can be found at your local grocer, including Walmart and Target. (Thanks greenerchoices.org for this great list!)

1. Baking soda:
Most people already have baking soda in their pantry as it has so many uses. Baking soda can be used for a variety of household cleaning purposes where you need to add some scrubbing power or remove odor.

2. White vinegar:
Vinegar is another pantry staple. Many people use it to clean kitchen surfaces and unclog drains. It packs some serious cleaning power and is a staple for many homemade recipes.

3. Borax:
Borax is the perfect water softener and even sanitizer. It is a staple to most DIY laundry soaps since it removes odor well.

4. Castile soap:
Castile soap has been used for years as a general cleaning agent. It is very mild, and available in liquid or bar form.

5. Washing soda:
You should note that washing soda is not the same thing as baking soda. You want to specifically buy “washing soda” which is made by Arm and Hammer as well as a few other manufacturers.

6. Rubbing alcohol.
Available in drug stores and supermarkets, you want to buy just the generic solution used for first aid.

7. Lemon juice:
This fruity ingredient is perfect for removing stains and is powerful when cutting through grease. It can also be used to remove tarnish on household items made of copper or even brass.

8. Fels Naptha soap:
Fels Naptha has been used for years as a natural cleaning agent. In the famous green and red packaging, it can be found in the cleaning aisles at your local grocer.

IMPORTANT NOTE: NEVER mix vinegar and bleach together, and NEVER mix bleach and ammonia together, as this can create toxic fumes! Some commercial cleaners may also contain these ingredients, so be careful to never mix / combine cleaners containing these ingredients.

homemade household cleaners materials needed

A few more items you will need:

*Storage containers:
You are going to want to invest in a few great containers to store your cleansers in. For the liquid products, you can find spray bottles at your local dollar store. Simply transfer the finished product to the spray bottles when you are ready to use them. NOTE: Do NOT re-use spray bottles that had other cleaners previously in them, as this could cause unknown chemical reactions. For powder products, a glass jar with lid works great and can keep the product protected. Clearly label your storage containers so you and your other family members know what they are!

*Scrub brush
*Soft sponge
*Soft reusable cloths or rags
*Scoop
*Mixing bowls
*Mixing spoons
*Measuring cups

Once you have all of your supplies, you are ready to start making your very own cleaning products! Most of these can be whipped up in only a matter of minutes, and each carries a variety of uses with it! Once you start, you won’t go back to store bought cleaners again.

So help green up the planet and keep a little more green in your wallet. Watch for future posts in this DIY Homemade Household Cleaner series to learn more about how you can start whipping up your own homemade cleaners today!

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