(WZZM) - You may be getting your house ready for company this holiday season and that probably means giving it a good cleaning.
Some of those household cleaners you're using can be bad for your health.
Angela Topp with Tree Huggers Store in Grand Rapids shows you some alternatives to using store bought products that can clean and disinfect just as good without the harmful chemicals.
Click here to learn more about the Tree Huggers Store. A few recipes for homemade cleaning products are below.
- one fourth cup baking soda
- two tablespoons liquid Castile soap
- two tablespoons white distilled vinegar
Simply mix all ingredients together in an airtight container to prevent it from drying out. I found that this is also an excellent grease stain/spot remover from dry-clean only clothes. After a quick warm water rinse, I saved my favorite skirt from a premature death.
*optional: three to four drops of your favorite essential oil (tea-tree or lavender are recommended as they have additional cleansing properties)
- 1/2 cup Castile soap flakes
- 1/4 cup super washing soda (Arm & Hammer)
- 1/4 cup Borax
Mix ingredients together in a recycled plastic container and store by your washer. Administer two tablespoons to each load of laundry.
*optional: ditch the dryer sheets and liquid fabric softener. Instead, use one half cup white distilled vinegar in the laundry rinse cycle will do the trick. Use it like you would fabric softener.
Multi-Purpose Cleaner (floor, counter, window)
- 2 cups white distilled vinegar
- 2 cups filtered water
- one ounce liquid Castile soap
Use a funnel to add ingredients to a recycled spray bottle. Use in place of your normal counter top, floor and/or window cleaner.
*tip: A little more elbow grease is required for the windows/mirrors until the substance evaporates, due to the absence of alcohol in the mix, which in other store concoctions speeds evaporation. Be patient. You are burning calories, it's like a two for one benefit.