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Blog Series #13 DIY Cleaning Vehicles: How to be Green & Healthy

DIY cleaning your vehicles

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I wanted to add cleaning vehicles to my blog series on cleaning room by room? Why? Because so many people are in their vehicles so much it is a second home, so we want to clean it with natural DIY products too. And one of the awesome things about natural DIY cleaning is if you have been following & applying the series you already have everything you need to clean your vehicle as well as the whole house. I use the same natural items Ito clean the vehicle too. SuburbanUsing the same items like Vinegar for cleaning the house & the vehicle saves everyone time, money & health plus the added peace of mind knowing that using these products is safe for you, your family & the environment. This article is for cleaning your vehicle fast, easy & effectively using DIY safe natural cleaning products.

You can go to any of the other 12 post in this series of articles & safely use most the recipes found in them to clean your vehicles, Glass cleaners, carpet & upholstery cleaners, deodorizers, stain removers, chrome (metal) cleaner on & on. So if you have been following this blog series you will notice the same DIY recipes being used here.

Some of the things you need for DIY ceiling cleaning:

Make sure to check out my series of articles: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room, I will be adding articles on how to clean each room in your house, DIY, natural & frugal. Blog series of articles on: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room.

All things DIY for the whole house, Green cleaning, subjects being added: laundry, bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room, bedrooms, kids bedrooms, nursery, office, floors, walls, ceilings, vehicles, & Pest control.

glassDIY clean ceilings: How to Green & Healthy, but if you are new to DIY cleaning & my blog series you might ask: Are these DIY ideas as effective to kill germs, fungus  &  bacteria  like commercial cleaning  products do?

Again as always I say: YES! You bet they are! But by now you have read all my reasons why (like I could really list them all) And I hope you have looked up all the info provided in blog posts 1 -8, as I always say, research, research, research! If you ask me I will very fast tell you DIY green cleaning is down right amazing, then add to that we get sick so very rarely so that’s a big clue to them not compromising our immune system & them working. I also have known many friends who while switching to DIY natural cleaners saw their health improve greatly.

Now Lets get cleaning those vehicles!

Spot treat (in a spray bottle)
3 parts water to 1 part lemon juice, 1 part peroxide.
what I do for most stains is just spray the stain/spot, work in with a toothbrush or wash cloth & if needed spray with clean water from another spray bottle, blot up wetness.

Spot stain cleaner
Make a baking soda & vinegar paste, or a baking soda & peroxide paste, or a baking soda peroxide & lemon juice paste. Options add eucalyptus &/or lemon essential oil to paste
Work paste into stain with a sponge, brush or toothbrush, allow to dry & vacuum up, some stains may require several applications, for a really tough stain spray spot first with vinegar or peroxide.

DIY Natural Antibacterial Cleaning Wipes:
In a bowl combine 2 cups of warm/hot water with 2 tbsp of Borax, stir till dissolved.
Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar,
1/2 cup of lemon juice,
10 drops of tea tree oil
5 drops of 1 essential oil of choice (lavender, orange, lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus)
Use a plastic or glass seal tight container or leftover baby wipe container etc.
You can use cut up T Shirts, or use wash-clothes or a roll of paper towels cut in half etc, put in container & pour mixture over it.
Options to add: 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1/4 cup colloidal silver &/or replace vinegar with peroxide. These are a multi purpose cleaning wipe safe for use around little ones.

DIYMulti purpose spray cleaner:
Spray bottle
Straight white vinegar
Options to add: Use Citrus vinegar, essential oils. Works great on Dash, Windows, Mirrors & Chrome.

Multi Purpose spray cleaner
1 part 3% peroxide
1 part lemon juice
1 part filtered water
Store in dark cupboard when not in use.

Glass cleaner #1
Large spray bottle
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
Rest of the way with water

Glass cleaner #2
Large spray bottle
1 cup white vinegar
1 tbsp corn starch
fill bottle the rest of the way with warm water & shake.

peroxide3Glass cleaner#3:
I love using Peroxide with a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a small spray bottle.

Stainless steel cleaner & Dash Polish:
Put some coconut oil, olive oil or other oil on a dry wash cloth  in a circular motions rub all over Surface & buff.

Chrome Cleaner
What You Need:
White vinegar
Water
A spray bottle
A sponge or cleaning rag
Mix together equal parts white vinegar and water. Then, spray it on your wheels; and work it in with a sponge or cleaning rag.
Note: Vinegar should not be used on aluminum alloys. (article here)

To replace Turtle Wax: You can make a simple homemade car wax by mixing together a combination of  beeswax, carnauba wax, turpentine and pine oil. About 2 tablespoons of beeswax  should be melted and mixed into 8 ounces of carnauba wax. After allowing this  mixture to cool, you can then mix in about 16 ounces of turpentine and a  tablespoon of pine oil. This should make a nice non-abrasive car wax that you  can simply apply to your car like you would any other car wax. (article here)Suburban

For oil or grease clean up on floors or seats: Sprinkle corn starch or corn starch & baking soda on to soak up & wipe off or vacuum up.

 Deodorizer powder
1 Box of baking soda & essential oils of choice, Add to bowl with seal tight lid & use fork or fingers to blend & remove clumps, sprinkle on then work in with brush, allow to sit 15 minutes to overnight & vacuum up.

Deodorizer spray
Spray bottle, add citrus cleaning vinegar (1 part water 1 part vinegar) mist in the car or use to clean with just as you would multi purpose cleaner.

Spray sanitizer & deodorizer.
Large spray bottle, fill 1/2 way with colloidal silver (or all the way) fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water, mist on surfaces & in the air & allow to air dry.
Options to add: 1/4 cup lemon juice, essential oils of choice, 1 tsp baking soda.

Deodorizer sachet for glove box or to hang from mirror
Use a mesh bag that can be tied (found at stores), baking soda & favorite essential oils, just baking soda, baking soda & borax, baking soda & crushed dried eucalyptus leaves (or other dried herbs)  potpourri & baking soda &/or essential oils

How to make a deodorizer to hang on the mirror here

Musty odors
1 part Borax, 1 part baking soda, sprinkle all over floors & seats, allow to sit overnight & sweep up or vacuum up.

For pests such as ants, roaches, fleas etc.
Sprinkle food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) &/or Borax on carpets flooring & seats, under mats etc. leave as long as possible then vacuum up, leave some under seats & mats if possible. Safe for kids & animals. so safe we feed it to our animals & we take it daily.

Car wash solution #1.
1 to 3 cups white vinegar, 1 tbsp of corn starch in a gallon or 2 of hot water, wash & rinse as normal.

Car wash solution #2.
Hot water in a bucket add 1/2 cup Borax & a squirt of  liquid soap

Car wash solution #3.
A bucket of warm water, just a squirt of  liquid soap

Squeaky doors
Use olive oil or Coconut oil just as you would WD40

Soda or milk spills: If you find yourself in this mess try peroxide, lemon juice & water in equal amounts in a spray bottle (spot test first), you can also try baking soda & warm water paste.

Hand Sanitizer to keep in glove box: Use a small spray bottle with either straight white vinegar, straight colloidal silver or straight rubbing alcohol, (or a combo of these) you can also add Lavender, Tea tree, Lemon or Eucalyptus essential oils, or make a spray with one or all these essential oils in distilled water, simply spray on hands or surfaces to sanitize.

Tire cleaner:
Peroxide, lemon juice & baking soda in a paste with a scrub brush, repeat if needed, can also use borax.

Window, Chrome and Interior Cleaner
Vinegar can be used to clean windows,  interior surfaces and chrome. In a spray bottle, mix equal parts of water and  white vinegar.
For windows, spray on the solution and allow it to sit for a few minutes.  Then wipe the window dry with paper towels or newspaper. Newspaper is a great  option because it will not leave behind lint particles that a cloth or paper  towel may leave behind.
Repeat the same procedure on tire chrome; spray directly onto the chrome,  then rub in with a sponge or rag. No rinsing required.
For the car interior, spray this solution onto the dashboard, and wipe clean  with a cloth. The solution works well on vinyl, plastic, and  leather. (article here)

Headlight cover cleaner, for bugs, grime, yellowing & cloudiness:
Use one of these pastes, ~baking soda & water, ~baking soda & peroxide, ~baking soda, borax & water & scrub surface of the cover inside & out if needed, use a dry wash cloth & or a toothbrush to get in all areas, then simply wash off, repeat if needed.

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What Brands of coconut oil do I trust for taking & oil pulling? That is simple I use & recommend these 2 great brands:

  1. Skinny & Co. Coconut oil: Medicinal grade Extra Virgin coconut oil 100% pure. (click link for ordering info)
  2. Tropical Traditions Virgin Gold Label Coconut oil. (click link for ordering info)

You will notice in a lot of my DIY posts I recommend colloidal silver, but where do I buy mine? I make my own with a Colloidal silver generator, I can make a qt for just pennies.

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The information on this site it intended for general inquiry, research & informational purposes only & should not be considered a substitute or replacement for trained medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
I am NOT a doctor, this page is for education & research only. Always consult a doctor, your health practitioner or other competent licensed health professional before taking any herbs or supplements, using alternative ideas & for any specific advice about medical treatments. In many cases these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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Blog Series #12 DIY Cleaning Ceilings: How to be Green & Healthy

DIY all things cleaning the ceilings in your home.

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Are you enjoying my blog series on cleaning room by room? Are you ready for post #12 in this series? And one of the awesome things about natural DIY cleaning is if you have been following & applying the series you already have everything you need to clean your whole house. I basically use the same natural items Ito clean everywhere in my home. Using the same items like Vinegar for cleaning the whole house saves everyone time, money & health plus the added peace of mind knowing that using these products in your home is safe for you, your family & the environment. This article is for cleaning your ceilings fast, easy & effectively using DIY safe natural cleaning products. A blog post on DIY cleaning your vehicles will be the subject of the next blog post in this series, so stay tuned for that.

You can go to any of the other 11 post in this series of articles & safely use the recipes found in them to clean almost everything in your home, cars etc so I highly recommend you check them out for more cleaning ideas for cleaning your ceilings also.

Some of the things you need for DIY ceiling cleaning:

Make sure to check out my series of articles: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room, I will be adding articles on how to clean each room in your house, DIY, natural & frugal. Blog series of articles on: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room.

All things DIY for the whole house, Green cleaning, subjects being added: laundry, bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room, bedrooms, kids bedrooms, nursery, office, floors, walls, ceilings, vehicles, & Pest control.

DIY clean ceilings: How to Green & Healthy, but if you are new to DIY cleaning & my blog series you might ask: Are these DIY ideas as effective to kill germs, fungus  &  bacteria  like commercial cleaning  products do?
My loud affirmative answer is: YES! You bet they are! but I am guessing if you have been following this series you agree & have looked up all the info provided in blog posts 1 -8, as I always say, research, research, research! If you ask me I will very fast tell you DIY green cleaning is down right amazing, then add to that we get sick so very rarely so that’s a big clue to them no compromising our immune system & them working. I also have known many friends who while switching to DIY natural cleaners saw their health improve greatly.

Now onto how to make all things: DIY Cleaning your Ceilings.

cleaners On ceiling just like on walls & other surfaces I always suggest using caution if using anything wet or that can stain, so yes research your type of finish & spot check painted ceilings,  wood, stucco or other types of finishes etc.

From Post #5
Food on ceilings or walls
If none of the DIY spray cleaners work try this. Make a paste of baking soda & water, baking soda & peroxide, baking soda & vinegar etc & simply wipe on & rub gently & simply wipe off with a clean damp sponge.

From Post #9
Ceiling fans box fans etc: simply use a DIY spray cleaner or DIY dusting spray, simply spray and wipe box fans. For ceiling fans spray the blade & spray lightly the inside of a pillow case, slide pillow case over blade & use a broom to slide around & clean both sides & simply pull off.
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Small holes in ceilings. ceiling1
Make a thick paste with baking soda & water, or borax & water & simply fill holes, wait for them to dry & paint over them, this can also be done with white toothpaste. This is for small holes only.

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Killing & Repelling Flies, Gnats/Fruit flies, Spiders & other bugs (Spray):
Use a large spray bottle
16 oz rubbing alcohol  (or grain alcohol)
1 tsp eucalyptus essential oil
1 tsp peppermint essential oil
1 tsp natural liquid soap (Like Castile etc or original blue dawn)
shake.
Fill the rest of the bottle with water or use straight for best results
Lightly mist on ceilings, & spray spiders & other bugs, I use this on my drywall ceilings that have knockdown on them just fine, never have issues.
Can be used as a cleaner to help repel around the house.

You can use the mixture without the essential oils but it will not work to repel spiders & in other cases might not work as well

Optional add 1 tsp food grade diatomaceous earth, but if you add the DE do not use as a cleaner simply because it can leave a chalky residue behind. Spray gnats & flies etc.

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Bugs (powder):
Food grade diatomaceous earth is the best natural bug killer including roaches, it is a bit harder to get on ceilings (try not to breath too much in as just like any powder it can be a mild lung irritant) but you can use various way to get the DE in spots that bugs enter, like putting it in the holes & crack by applying with a damp or dry sponge, paintbrush, cotton swabs etc or using any number of dusters & applicators. I leave DE out at all times, I only clean it off the ceilings & add new about every 8 weeks or if I start seeing new spiders, roaches or other bugs.

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Roach killer & repel spray:
Simply colloidal silver is amazing at killing a repelling roaches, it does not work as fast as DE does but it is great, I add colloidal silver to a spray bottle & spray the areas they frequent or enter, after a few days you see less roaches then you start finding some dead roaches. I add colloidal silver to all my DIY spray cleaners DIY room/deodorizing sprays & DIY bug sprays it is not only great for germs & bacteria & preserving the cleaner naturally it helps repel roaches while you spray. more info here)

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Mold on ceilings spray #1peroxide cleaner
1 bottle of peroxide 3/4 full
add 20 drops of tea tree essential oil
& fill the other 1/4 with lemon juice.
Simply add a spray top to the bottle & spray mold.
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Mold can be tricky & you might need to scrub if the discoloration does not go away after several weeks of adding the spray, try using a toothbrush, baking soda/borax & the spray, but sometimes the mold is gone & the color remains so you might just need to paint over the spot after you kill the mold.
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Mold on ceilings spray #2
Large spray bottle
20 drops tea tree essential oil
1 cup peroxide
1 cup of warm water with 4 tbsp. of borax & 2 tbsp. of baking soda dissolved into it, add to spray bottle, top off bottle with more peroxide, do the same as above.
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Dusting spray for ceilings:

1 part rubbing alcohol, 1 part white or citrus vinegar
Essential oil of choice.
in spray bottle
spray & wipe with dry wash cloth, repeat as needed
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Spider webs:
My favorite way to get them down is to vacuum them down.
But you can also spray a DIY cleaner or straight vinegar on a clean broom lightly & use it to get them down,
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General cleaning of light fixtures:
If you can remove the fixtures soak them in warm baking soda water, scrub if needed with a tooth-brush, rinse in vinegar water, allow to dry.
If they can not be removed simply use a DIY glass cleaner
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Cleaning wood trim: 
1 Spray bottle
1/2 of spay bottle with vinegar (Apple cider vinegar for dark wood, white vinegar or light wood)
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp of olive oil is small spray bottle, 4 tsp if large spray bottle (option: use vegetable oil instead)
5 drops lemon essential oil
Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water
Combine mix spray & wipe.
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To shine brass & metals on light fixtures or on ceiling fans etc:
Use a DIY spray cleaner or warm baking soda & borax water for tough jobs. using a toothbrush if needed. Wipe clean with damp sponge.
Optional: use above wood cleaner & buff to shine.
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Cigarette smoke stains:
Use strait white vinegar or citrus vinegar to scrub with a brush, wash cloth or sponge, for some surfaces you need to do this allow to dry then repaint. (works for walls too)

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What Brands of coconut oil do I trust for taking & oil pulling? That is simple I use & recommend these 2 great brands:

  1. Skinny & Co. Coconut oil: Medicinal grade Extra Virgin coconut oil 100% pure. (click link for ordering info)
  2. Tropical Traditions Virgin Gold Label Coconut oil. (click link for ordering info)
Facebook Pages:

You can also follow me on: Pinterest, Google+ & Twitter

Virgin Coconut Oil, Gold Label how to Use Coconut Oil: There are hundreds of uses!

I do accept products to review on my blog

  • My reviews policy: I am sent products to review on my blog and that all opinions are my own. (to contact me to review your product go here)

SmartKlean Laundry ball / Stain remover – Safe – Effective – Saves Money, Water & the Environment. To order a SmartKlean Laundry Ball go here & use my affiliate page.

Thank you for supporting my Facebook pages, Blog & sharing with your friends, Cheree of Natural & Frugal: Raising 6 kids

The information on this site it intended for general inquiry, research & informational purposes only & should not be considered a substitute or replacement for trained medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
I am NOT a doctor, this page is for education & research only. Always consult a doctor, your health practitioner or other competent licensed health professional before taking any herbs or supplements, using alternative ideas & for any specific advice about medical treatments. In many cases these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

All  information contained in the pages of Natural & Frugal: Raising 6 kids blog, blog posts, site, Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest or elsewhere are for information & research only.

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Blog Series #10 DIY Floor cleaning: How to be Green & Healthy

DIY all things & cleaning your floors of all types.

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Wow I am already to post ten in my blog series on cleaning room by room, And just like the other nine posts in this series I basically use the same natural items I clean my house with to clean my floors, I even already mentioned a few in some of the other posts. Using the same items like Vinegar for cleaning the whole house saves everyone time, money & health plus the added peace of mind knowing that using these products in your home is safe for you, your family & the environment. This article is for cleaning your floors fast, easy & effectively using DIY safe natural cleaning products. A blog post on DIY cleaning your Walls will be in the subject of the next blog post in this series, so stay tuned for that.

In all truth you can go to any of the other 9 post in this series of articles & safely use the recipes found in them to clean almost everything in your home, cars etc.

Some of the things you need for DIY cleaning your Floors:

Make sure to check out my series of articles: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room, I will be adding articles on how to clean each room in your house, DIY, natural & frugal. Blog series of articles on: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room.

All things DIY for the whole house, Green cleaning, subjects being added: laundry, bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room, bedrooms, kids bedrooms, nursery, office, floors, walls, ceilings, vehicles, & Pest control.

DIYDIY clean Floors: How to Green & Healthy, but are these DIY ideas as effective to kill germs, bacteria & grime  like commercial cleaning  products do?
Again the answer for me & many others is YES you bet they are! but I am guessing if you are still reading this series you agree & have looked up all the info provided in blog posts 1 -8, as I always say, research, research, research! If you ask me I will very fast tell you DIY green cleaning is down right amazing, then add to that we get sick so very rarely so that’s a big clue to them no compromising our immune system & them working.

To pin this blog post on Pinterest

Now onto how to make all things: DIY Cleaning your floors.

Unless otherwise stated these DIY mopping recipes & Carpet recipes etc are safe for most flooring, spot checking would be best & only using a slightly damp mop on some floors like wood might be best, & reading the info on your flooring & carpet is advised, when in doubt try something else. & most of the spray cleaners in the other 9 blog posts can be used for cleaning up spills & spot cleaning.

For any of the below recipes that call for vinegar you can use Citrus infused vinegar

Basic floor mopping:
Just add a couple of cups of white vinegar to hot water in a mop bucket

For dirtier floors:
To the above bucket add 1 or all of these lemon or lime juice, eucalyptus, lemon, tea tree essential oils, just a few drops Natural liquid dish soap or Dish Liquid, Colloidal silver.
Hard wood floors
1 to 2 cups of white vinegar, 1/2 cup lemon juice in a gallon of warm water, mop as normal.
To shine floors mix olive oil & lemon juice & buff floors to a shine.
laminate & linoleum floors
1 to 3 cups white vinegar, 1 tbsp of corn starch in a gallon or 2 of hot water, mop as normal

Hardwood floors shine/cleaner (can be used on other flooring also)
2 cups vinegar (Apple cider vinegar for dark wood, white vinegar or light wood)
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup of olive oil  (option: use vegetable oil if you prefer)
20 drops lemon essential oil
Fill bucket with very hot water

Wood baseboard, trim cleaner
Vinegar & Olive oil equal amounts, use a wash cloth & buff wood (Apple cider vinegar for dark wood, white vinegar or light wood)

Pet accidents on Carpet
Straight warmed vinegar, cover with folded towel & let sit
Or use a mixture of white vinegar, peroxide & eucalyptus oil, cover with folded towel & let sit
Or make a paste of baking soda, peroxide with eucalyptus essential oil, cover with folded towel & let sit then vacuum up once dry.

Cleaning carpet with vinegar & peroxide here

Broken glass on flooring
When glass shatters in smaller pieces it can be harder to sweep up or vacuum up.
Try this: sprinkle baking soda on area where glass is, then spray to only slightly dampen, use your broom to sweep up & the glass will get caught in the baking soda & will be easier to get even tiny slivers up, repeat if needed (this can also be done with salt or corn starch)
Do the same thing on carpet where glass is, only use a brush to work out the glass then wait till dry & vacuum up
Repeat as needed

Cleaning puke & other carpet mess
Spray or pour on spot: white vinegar or peroxide, pour a light covering of salt on area, make a slightly damp paste of baking soda & peroxide, add just a drop or 2 liquid natural soap mix & spread on area working in with a brush, allow to dry, brush off or vacuum, repeat if needed.

From Post #6
Because this happened in my room, cleaning up spilled paint or paint specks on windows & floors.
For carpet or furniture add strait white vinegar to Shampoo machine & use on hot setting, works like a charm but may require multiple tries
For hardwood floor/furniture, walls, windows etc pain drippings or speckles, Warmed white vinegar in spray bottle & dry wash cloth, toothbrush & scraper, also works like a charm, I usually let sit a minute or so before using one of my tools.

From Post #7
To clean food stuck on floors: Simply use a warmed wash cloth soaked in straight white vinegar (wring out so as to not drip) work out the food then allow to dry.Vinegar DIY cleaning

Carpet freshening Odor remover:
Sprinkle with baking soda or baking soda & borax, work in with broom, allow to sit several hours or overnight & vacuum up.
Options to add: (pre mixed before sprinkling) Essential oils, Peroxide or vinegar, Food grade Diatomaceous earth, corn starch

You can also sprinkle Oxygen bleach like Oxy-clean or Tropical Traditions oxygen bleach on carpets, rugs brushed in & upholstery, sometimes it is best mixed slightly damp with water in just a crumble & allow to dry & can add essential oils, leave several hours to overnight & vacuum up.

For Carpet Shampoo machines (double-check your machines info first)
Just white vinegar in hot water works amazing (use amount of vinegar that works best for you) You can also use Borax you have dissolved in hot water.
Options to add: Lemon juice, Colloidal silver, a few drops of Natural liquid soap or Dish Liquid
Sanitizing floor cleaners For flooring and carpets (for spray bottles spot clean, mop bucket or machines for carpet)

#1 – Just white vinegar in water is a great sanitizer and you can mix it with ideas #2, #3, #4 & #5 for an amazing combo & effectiveness.

#2 – 1 to 2 cups of Colloidal silver in water. (alone or mixed with #1)

#3 – Tea tree oil, Lavender, Eucalyptus , Lemon or other disinfecting essential oils. (alone or mixed with #1)

#4 – 1 to 2 cups lemon juice. (alone or mixed with #1)

#5 – Mix baking soda in warm water to dissolve.  (alone or mixed with #1 added slowly because it will fizz)

#6 –  Ultimate floor mopping sanitizing & cleaning.
A- For this one you need just a bit extra work and you do not to add any extras. For the spray method use: 2 spray bottles, fill one spray bottle with straight white vinegar and the other spray bottle with straight 3% peroxide, spray the floor good with one, then spray the floor good with the other allow to sit a minute and mop with dry mop.
B- For mop buckets use 2 to 3 cups white vinegar in one mop bucket and 2 cups 3% peroxide in the other mop bucket. Damp mop on the floor with the first bucket, then rinse mop and damp mop with second bucket, allow to sit a few minutes and mop as normal.
It does not matter rather you use the vinegar or use the peroxide first, I tend to prefer using the vinegar first though. The instant reaction of these 2 kills many germs and bacteria, you do not want to mix them in the bottle or the bucket because the reaction only lasts seconds after mixing. (more info)

For fleas & other pests, Food Grade diatomaceous earth (DE): Simply sprinkle on flooring, carpets, baseboard etc, sweep to work in & leave several hours or overnight, vacuum up all areas not hidden, leaving some near baseboard or behind furniture can repel bugs as well. DE can also absorb odors & refresh carpet.

For scratches in real wood flooring: Straight apple cider vinegar & olive oil or coconut oil (for lighter floors try white vinegar) buff & repeat.

More wood flooring cleaning ideas here

Another great floor cleaning recipe here
Disclaimer: The company provided me with free samples of the products to review, and I was under no obligation to review it. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review.

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What Brands of coconut oil do I trust for taking & oil pulling? That is simple I use & recommend these 2 great brands:

  1. Skinny & Co. Coconut oil: Medicinal grade Extra Virgin coconut oil 100% pure. (click link for ordering info)
  2. Tropical Traditions Virgin Gold Label Coconut oil. (click link for ordering info)
Facebook Pages:

You can also follow me on: Pinterest, Google+ & Twitter

Virgin Coconut Oil, Gold Label how to Use Coconut Oil: There are hundreds of uses!

I do accept products to review on my blog

  • My reviews policy: I am sent products to review on my blog and that all opinions are my own. (to contact me to review your product go here)

SmartKlean Laundry ball / Stain remover – Safe – Effective – Saves Money, Water & the Environment. To order a SmartKlean Laundry Ball go here & use my affiliate page.

Thank you for supporting my Facebook pages, Blog & sharing with your friends, Cheree of Natural & Frugal: Raising 6 kids

The information on this site it intended for general inquiry, research & informational purposes only & should not be considered a substitute or replacement for trained medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
I am NOT a doctor, this page is for education & research only. Always consult a doctor, your health practitioner or other competent licensed health professional before taking any herbs or supplements, using alternative ideas & for any specific advice about medical treatments. In many cases these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

All  information contained in the pages of Natural & Frugal: Raising 6 kids blog, blog posts, site, Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest or elsewhere are for information & research only.

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Blog Series #9 A DIY Home Office: How to be Green & Healthy

DIY all things & cleaning your Office or Home Office.

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Here it is another post my blog series on cleaning room by room, And in this 9th post just like the other 8 I basically use the same natural items to make my DIY green cleaners. Using the same items like Vinegar & Baking soda for cleaning the whole house saves everyone time, money & health plus the added peace of mind knowing that using these products in your home is safe for you, your family & the environment. This article is for cleaning an Office rather at home or at work, a blog post on DIY cleaning your Floors will be in the subject of the next blog post in this series.

In all truth you can go to any of the other 8 post in this series of articles & safely use the recipes found in them to clean almost everything in your office with only a few exceptions.

Some of the things you need for DIY sparkling clean Office:

Make sure to check out my series of articles: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room, I will be adding articles on how to clean each room in your house, DIY, natural & frugal. Blog series of articles on: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room.

All things DIY for the whole house, Green cleaning, subjects being added: laundry, bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room, bedrooms, kids bedrooms, nursery, office, floors, walls, ceilings, vehicles, & Pest control.

cleaners officeA DIY Office: How to Green & Healthy, but are these DIY ideas as effective to kill germs, bacteria , grime & office items  like commercial cleaning  products do?
Again the answer for me & many others is YES you bet they are! but I am hoping by now in this series you are yelling yes with me & I do not have to say take the word of so & so on this (if you want info read the first 8 in this series) DIY green cleaning is down right amazing, then add to that we get sick so very rarely so that’s a big clue to them no compromising our immune system & them working.

Now onto how to make all things: DIY Cleaning a  a Office.

To get recipes to clean carpets walls, desk tops, chairs etc check out the other posts, I am going to stick to a few topics on items in your office & how to clean them with these products.

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Computer screens: Ok this can actually be hard, read the info on your screen, some can not have rubbing alcohol used on them but white vinegar is safe (never, never use apple cider vinegar on screens) & some can not have white vinegar & not rubbing alcohol, so reading the manual & how to can help you in knowing the next step. you can use white vinegar straight or 50/50 with water in a spray bottle, or you can add rubbing alcohol, or add colloidal silver, or just rubbing alcohol & water, or water & a few pinches of corn starch, or one of the glass cleaner/window cleaner recipes. Also using a dry wash cloth or microfiber towel seems to work best, I use the white vinegar water & rubbing alcohol spray to clean mine.

a1Clean & Sanitize Office or Home Phones: you can spray on rubbing alcohol & or vinegar & wipe with a dry wash cloth, some prefer to buy those alcohol swabs for first aid kits & to use them for cleaning phones.

Ink marks on desk, chair, almost anywhere (including ink from printer): Rubbing alcohol alone or mixed with baking soda &/or corn starch in a paste & keep rubbing till gone. I prefer the paste with baking soda & corn starch because the rubbing alcohol lifts the ink, corn starch absorbs the stain & baking soda scrubs up the stain.

Printers: I again mainly use straight white vinegar or a vinegar water solution not getting the printer wet, spray the mixture on a dry towel & wipe. Use a Q tip to get in hard to reach places.

Key boards: I like to use a rubbing alcohol & white vinegar combo spray, I spray onto a dry wash cloth, turn off computer & wipe, I also use a q tip & toothbrush ti aid in cleaning.

Mouse: basically blowing out a mouse with a bit of canned air usually does the trick (be careful not to damage mouse with the air) you can also use a q tip with rubbing alcohol & white vinegar to clean.

Dusting Towers: of course vacuums can come in handy here so can a dry wash cloth sprayed with a mixture of white vinegar & water, use a q tip or toothbrushDIY when needed.

Ceiling fans box fans etc: simply use a DIY spray cleaner or DIY dusting spray, simply spray and wipe box fans. For ceiling fans spray the blade & spray lightly the inside of a pillow case, slide pillow case over blade & use a broom to slide around & clean both sides & simply pull off. (more info coming in the future blog post ceilings)

Blinds: spray with DIY multi purpose cleaner & wipe with dry wash cloth,you can also spray a duster with vinegar & wipe

Soda spills: Ok the best bet is don’t drink at your desk & don’t drink sodas, but if you find yourself in this sticky mess as long as its not on something electrical try peroxide, lemon juice & water in equal amounts in a spray bottle (spot test first), you can also try baking soda & warm water paste.

Essential oil diffuser: info here on cleaning, & of course the act of using your diffuser in your office can help germs in the air or just your mood depending on oil in use.

Hand Sanitizer: Use a small spray bottle with either straight white vinegar, straight colloidal silver or straight rubbing alcohol, (or a combo of these) you can also add Lavender, Tea tree, Lemon or Eucalyptus essential oils, or make a spray with one or all these essential oils in distilled water, simply spray on hands or surfaces to sanitize.

Coffee cups: use baking soda & water, for stains make a baking soda & peroxide paste & scrub.cleaners office

Eye Glass cleaner: I love using Peroxide with a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a small spray bottle. (check to make sure peroxide is safe on your brand).

Baking soda & Essential oils: mix up your favorite essential oils with baking soda in a bowl & sit under your desk or close by to absorb odors: One box of baking soda & 20 to 30 drops essential oils.

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What Brands of coconut oil do I trust for taking & oil pulling? That is simple I use & recommend these 2 great brands:

  1. Skinny & Co. Coconut oil: Medicinal grade Extra Virgin coconut oil 100% pure. (click link for ordering info)
  2. Tropical Traditions Virgin Gold Label Coconut oil. (click link for ordering info)
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Virgin Coconut Oil, Gold Label how to Use Coconut Oil: There are hundreds of uses!

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Thank you for supporting my Facebook pages, Blog & sharing with your friends, Cheree of Natural & Frugal: Raising 6 kids

The information on this site it intended for general inquiry, research & informational purposes only & should not be considered a substitute or replacement for trained medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
I am NOT a doctor, this page is for education & research only. Always consult a doctor, your health practitioner or other competent licensed health professional before taking any herbs or supplements, using alternative ideas & for any specific advice about medical treatments. In many cases these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

All  information contained in the pages of Natural & Frugal: Raising 6 kids blog, blog posts, site, Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest or elsewhere are for information & research only.

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Blog Series #8 A DIY Baby Nursery: How to be Green & Healthy (Newborn safe too)

DIY all things For Baby Nursery cleaning.

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The 8th blog already as I go room by room cleaning DIY & sharing how I do it, this is part of my blog series on cleaning room by room, And like everything in my home I basically use the same items as we do in any other DIY green cleaning items in my mixtures. Using the same things in the whole house saves us all time, money & health & gives you can have peace of mind using these products in your babies room. This article is for cleaning a Nursery, a blog post on DIY cleaning your Home Office  will be in the next blog post in this series.

In a Nursery you can still use any of the DIY cleaners I posted in my blog post on Bedrooms & Kids Bedrooms as well, I will just be focusing more on DIY cleaning for things that tend to be found in Nurseries & Babies rooms. I have more ideas for Babies in my blog post: Natural Baby DIY ideas .

Some of the things you need for DIY Safe healthy Nursery are:

Make sure to check out my series of articles: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room, I will be adding articles on how to clean each room in your house, DIY, natural & frugal. Blog series of articles on: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room.

All things DIY for the whole house, Green cleaning, subjects being added: laundry, bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room, bedrooms, kids bedrooms, nursery, office, floors, walls, ceilings, vehicles, & Pest control.

Vinegar, Baking soda DIY cleaningA DIY Nursery: How to Green & Healthy, but are these DIY ideas as effective to kill germs, bacteria & odors like commercial cleaning  products do? Are they safe around Babies?
After many years of researching & lots of years of using these items around my home, my babies as newborns & as they grew I can say without a doubt that the answer is: Heck yea, You bet they are! (check out the other blog posts in this series linked to above for lots more info) And the best part no compromising your immune system.

Some info on effectiveness of DIY Green Cleaning & your baby..
Safe ways to clean the nursery using safe effective, DIY natural Green cleaners & not Toxic commercial cleaners.  Bleach & harsh cleaners should never be used by or around anyone especially newborns & babies. So never disinfect baby items with bleach or commercial cleaners. Vinegar has been proven to kill more germs than bleach. Essential oils are excellent cleaners as well as deodorizers, disinfectants and antiseptics.

Baking soda is a chemical compound that appears as a fine powder. It releases bubbles of carbon dioxide when it interacts with an acid and a liquid. It’s most commonly used in baking, where it acts as a leavening agent. But baking soda is not used just for cooking, it can be used all over the house. Cooking, cleaning, even making crafts. Although much more expensive products have been developed over the years to do the same jobs, baking soda can work for you just as well, if not better.

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Now onto how to make all things: DIY Cleaning a Nursery.

Disinfecting sprays can be multi surface, multi purpose for cleaning, disinfecting, deodorizing, they can be sprayed on messes to clean up, misted in the air & so on. Always spot check first. Option to add to any disinfecting spray: Colloidal silver. 

disinfecting spray #1
Spray bottle, 1/2 water & 1/2  vinegar (or citrus vinegar)
Options to  add: 5 drop of essential oil.

disinfecting spray #2
Large spray bottle, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup peroxide, fill the rest of the bottle with water.
Options to add: essential oils, Lime juice.

disinfecting spray #3
Dissolve 2 tablespoons of Borax in 2 cups of warm/hot water, add to spray bottle & fill with cool water. (Is Borax safe).

disinfecting spray #4
To a large spray bottle add 5 to 10 drops each, tea tree oil & lavender essential oils, fill the bottle the rest of the way with water.

On to more cleaning.

Diaper pails can get stinky rather they are cloth or disposable diapers, & cloth diapers need soaked to get stains out, the below mixtures work best for most people, if your baby is sensitive stop using the mixture & try another.

Diaper pail odors #1 (cloth)
Add 1/2 to 1 cup of white vinegar to diaper pail.
Options to add, 5 to 10 drops Lavender or Eucalyptus essential oil

Diaper pail odors #2 (cloth)
1/8 cup of Borax per 1 gallon of warm water to soak diapers in the pail.

Diaper pail odors #3 (cloth)
1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup peroxide & warm water to diaper pail.

Diaper pail odors #4 (cloth)
1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda either sprinkled over diapers or added to water.

For disposable diaper Pails/Trash
Sprinkle baking soda in with the diapers, or sprinkle baking soda & essential oils, baking soda & corn starch, baking soda & borax, spray with one of the above sprays.

Rattles & other baby toys
Simply wash in warm vinegar water  1/2 cup to one gallon warm water, or Baking soda water, 1/2 cup to one gallon warm water. Simply wash & allow to air dry, you can also combine the vinegar & baking soda if desired.

Washing or pre-soaking baby clothes, bedding & Cloth Diapers etc for Baby
For Washing: Simply use baking soda, Borax &/or Washing soda (make your own washing soda)
For Pre-Soaking: Use any of the above diaper pail (cloth) ideas
For stains: Check out A DIY Laundry Room: How to be Green & Healthy
Sour smell out of Nursing Bra: Soak in baking soda & warm water.

Cleaning & Freshening Crib Mattress & Crib
If covered in plastic simply use one of the above spray cleaners & wipe it down & the railings of the crib, if the mattress is not plastic covered spray with vinegar lightly, sprinkle on baking soda & sit in sun, vacuum once dry. Check out the other 2 bedroom posts for more ideas (linked to above)

Carpet freshening, sprinkle with baking soda or baking soda & borax, work in with broom, allow to sit several hours & vacuum up.

Changing Table & Crib: (Not Wood) You can use any of the disinfecting sprays above or simply mix 1/2 cup of vinegar in warm water with a few drops of natural liquid soap & wipe with a wash cloth or sponge, this can also be used on most cribs & Nursery Furniture if not wood.

Changing Table & Crib: (Wooden) Combine olive oil & lemon juice & use a dry wash cloth & clean & buff. Can be used on Crib & most wooden furniture safely as well.

Window/Glass cleaner: Use strait white vinegar, or mix vinegar, lemon juice & water to clean.

Bottles & sippy cups, soaking, freshening & cleaning: To soak & refresh bottle use 1/2 cup vinegar & 1/2 cup baking soda mixed in a sink of hot water, soak & scrub, rinse & allow to dry. Options to add: 1/2 cup lemon or Lime juice, 1/4 cup Borax or 1/4 cup peroxide.

For stains on or in bottles & sippy cups: use a baking soda water paste after soaking & scrub with a sponge.

Diaper bag cleaning & odors: Use disinfecting spray #1 or #4 misting the inside of the bag, wipe with dry wash cloth & allow to air dry, for more odor eliminating power sprinkle baking soda in the diaper bag over night & a few drops of Peppermint, Eucalyptus or Lavender essential oil.

Sour milk smell or other lingering smells: Spray with white vinegar & sprinkle on baking soda & corn starch if you can find the spill, work in & allow to dry & vacuum up. If you can not find the spill simply sit several boxes of open baking soda in the room till smell is gone & spray disinfecting spray #4 around.

Tip: keep an open box of baking soda in several locations in the Nursery, near the diaper pail, changing table & crib if room is large.

Bugs/pests roaches etc: The last thing you want is creepy Crawlies in the Nursery, so routinely put Food grade diatomaceous earth on carpets & around overnight & vacuum up (a deodorizer also) you can also repel  pests by leaving under rugs, behind furniture & along baseboard.

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What Brands of coconut oil do I trust for taking & oil pulling? That is simple I use & recommend these 2 great brands:

  1. Skinny & Co. Coconut oil: Medicinal grade Extra Virgin coconut oil 100% pure. (click link for ordering info)
  2. Tropical Traditions Virgin Gold Label Coconut oil. (click link for ordering info)
Facebook Pages:

You can also follow me on: Pinterest, Google+ & Twitter

Virgin Coconut Oil, Gold Label how to Use Coconut Oil: There are hundreds of uses!

I do accept products to review on my blog

  • My reviews policy: I am sent products to review on my blog and that all opinions are my own. (to contact me to review your product go here)

SmartKlean Laundry ball / Stain remover – Safe – Effective – Saves Money, Water & the Environment. To order a SmartKlean Laundry Ball go here & use my affiliate page.

Thank you for supporting my Facebook pages, Blog & sharing with your friends, Cheree of Natural & Frugal: Raising 6 kids

The information on this site it intended for general inquiry, research & informational purposes only & should not be considered a substitute or replacement for trained medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
I am NOT a doctor, this page is for education & research only. Always consult a doctor, your health practitioner or other competent licensed health professional before taking any herbs or supplements, using alternative ideas & for any specific advice about medical treatments. In many cases these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

All  information contained in the pages of Natural & Frugal: Raising 6 kids blog, blog posts, site, Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest or elsewhere are for information & research only.

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Blog Series #7 A DIY Kid’s Rooms: How to be Green & Healthy (Children)

DIY all things Childs Bedroom & Playroom cleaning.

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Here I am already adding the 7th blog post in my blog series on cleaning room by room, And like the other posts I basically just use the same items as we do in any other DIY green cleaning around the whole house. Using the same natural cleaning items in the whole house saves us all time, money & health & gives you peace of mind using them around your children. This article is for children’s Bedrooms & playroom, a blog post on Nursery cleaning will be in the next blog post in this series. In a childs room you can still use any of the DIY cleaners I posted in my last blog post on Bedrooms as well, I will just be focusing more on the cleaning of toys & other items more likely to be in a childs room.

Some of the things you need for DIY Kids rooms are:

Make sure to check out my series of articles: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room, I will be adding articles on how to clean each room in your house, DIY, natural & frugal. Blog series of articles on: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room.

All things DIY for the whole house, Green cleaning, subjects being added: laundry, bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room, bedrooms, kids bedrooms, nursery, office, floors, walls, ceilings, vehicles, & Pest control.

Children's room DIY cleaningA DIY Bedroom: How to Green & Healthy, but are these DIY ideas as effective to kill germs,bacteria odors & dust mites like commercial cleaning  products do?
After many years of researching & many years of using these items the answer is: Heck yea, You bet they are! (check out the other blog posts in this series linked to above for lots more info) And the best part no compromising your immune system.

Some info on effectiveness of DIY Green Cleaning & your children.
(DIY) Non-toxic cleaners are perfectly safe around children.These cleaners keep the air you breathe clean.

Why should you take the time to make homemade cleaners? Well, first of all commercial cleaners are Toxic &  bad for you & your families health, DIY cleaners are not only non toxic, safe & effective they are environmentally safe.

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Now onto how to make all things: DIY children’s rooms.

Cleaning plastic toys, bathtub toys or other toys that you can safely immerse in water. Fill a tub, sink or bucket with warm water & add one of the following. (amounts are for a 1/2 full tub, use 1/2 the amount or less for sinks, buckets or smaller containers)

Toy soaking cleaner #1
Add 1 box of baking soda, just stir it in with your hands, add toys & let any that will sink soak if desired, use a wash cloth or sponge & wash the toys, no need to rinse just set out to air dry, you can if desired mist them with water & white vinegar in a spray bottle & allow to air dry. The baking soda changes the PH of the water & the surface of the toys creating an alkaline base, almost all germs & bacteria can not live in an alkaline enviroment.it also freshens the toys & deodorizer.

Toy soaking cleaner #2 (for dirtier, smelly, toys)
Add 1/2 a box of baking soda, 2 tbsp of Borax, 1 cup of white vinegar. just stir it in with your hands add toys & let any that will sink soak if desired, use a wash cloth or sponge & wash the toys, rinse if desired, then just set out to air dry. Both baking soda & Borax are alkaline, the borax can give some extra cleaning power safely.

Other cleaners, for use on many toys including model cars, dolls & stuffed animals (Always spot check first when in doubt)

Spray cleaner/sanitizer #1
Large spray bottle with 1 part white vinegar, 1 part water & 5 to 10 drops of tea tree oil, simply spray on toys, surfaces, walls etc & wipe clean, for stuffed animals lightly & use a dry wash cloth to rub the stuffed toys & then allow them to dry.

Spray cleaner/sanitizer #2
straight Colloidal silver in a spray bottle, this is great especially during & after sickness to prevent the spread of the illness, great & safe on all surfaces, toys, stuffed animals, misted on furniture in the air etc. If you can not make your own, try using 2 tbsp of colloidal silver per 8 ounces of distilled water. As a plus colloidal silver kills germs, viruses & bacteria & also repels roaches

Spray cleaner/sanitizer #3
Large spray bottle, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup peroxide, fill the rest of the bottle with water & clean, sanitize & deodorizer all at the same time.

More cleaning ideas

To clean food stuck on floors: Simply use a warmed wash cloth soaked in straight white vinegar (wring out so as to not drip) work out the food then allow to dry.

Puke: If it is really bad sprinkle ASAP with baking soda, salt & corn starch, allow to absorb & sweep up, then spray with one of the above spray cleaners & use a wash cloth to get it up, if it is not to bad just use the spray cleaner & possibly a mop with the solution in it.

Bed wetter: Spray spot with straight white vinegar, sprinkle spot with baking soda & brush in allow to dry, drying in the sun would also be great, then simply vacuum the baking soda or brush it off, you can also add essential oils to the spray bottle of vinegar, or use Citrus cleaning vinegar.

For pet pee or human pee on mattress.
Borax can remove the smell of urine from furniture and mattresses.  Just wet the areas of the mattress or furniture that are affected and shake on some Borax.  Wait for the whole thing to dry completely and then vacuum it away.

Calming room spray deodorizer/sanitizer: 1 large spray bottle, add 5 to drops lavender & tea tree essential oils, simply mist in the air, mist toys, linens, bedding or clean with this spray.

Stuffed toys refresher, deodorizer cleaner: add smelly or old-looking stuffed animals to plastic bag, mix baking soda & essential oils, lemon & eucalyptus in a bowls then lightly sprinkle over stuffed animals, make sure there is enough room to shake around in the bag, tie or seal bag & let stuffed animals sit in it several hours to overnight, then simply use a brush to work out baking soda at the same time you are fluffing fur etc. If still having smell issue, simply spray with room deodorizer or above spray cleaner, wipe with wash cloth, allow to dry or add to dryer on cool.

Marker, Crayon, Pencil on walls, toys, dolls faces: Baking soda water paste, peroxide & baking soda paste or baking soda & white vinegar paste can get many crayon marks, pencil marks & marker stains off toys & walls, for really tough marker stains simply do a rubbing alcohol & baking soda paste oor strait rubbing alcohol, repeat till all marks are gone (always spot check)

Wooden desk cleaner: Use olive oil & vinegar or coconut oil & vinegar, rub into the grain & buff (use spray with vinegar if needed first) Use Apple cider vinegar for dark wood, white vinegar for light wood.

Desk cleaner: use one of the above spray cleaners.

For stains on clothing & bedding check out this post: Laundry

To clean floors & windows etc check these posts: here,  here & here

Stay tuned for the next article on cleaning the Nursery, safely, effectively with DIY cleaners

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My blogs: Natural & Frugal: Raising 6 kidsNFR6K BloggerNFR6K DIY Green CleaningNaturally Teen Approved NFR6K Reviews

What Brands of coconut oil do I trust for taking & oil pulling? That is simple I use & recommend these 2 great brands:

  1. Skinny & Co. Coconut oil: Medicinal grade Extra Virgin coconut oil 100% pure. (click link for ordering info)
  2. Tropical Traditions Virgin Gold Label Coconut oil. (click link for ordering info)
Facebook Pages:

You can also follow me on: Pinterest, Google+ & Twitter

Virgin Coconut Oil, Gold Label how to Use Coconut Oil: There are hundreds of uses!

I do accept products to review on my blog

  • My reviews policy: I am sent products to review on my blog and that all opinions are my own. (to contact me to review your product go here)

SmartKlean Laundry ball / Stain remover – Safe – Effective – Saves Money, Water & the Environment. To order a SmartKlean Laundry Ball go here & use my affiliate page.

Thank you for supporting my Facebook pages, Blog & sharing with your friends, Cheree of Natural & Frugal: Raising 6 kids

The information on this site it intended for general inquiry, research & informational purposes only & should not be considered a substitute or replacement for trained medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
I am NOT a doctor, this page is for education & research only. Always consult a doctor, your health practitioner or other competent licensed health professional before taking any herbs or supplements, using alternative ideas & for any specific advice about medical treatments. In many cases these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

All  information contained in the pages of Natural & Frugal: Raising 6 kids blog, blog posts, site, Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest or elsewhere are for information & research only.

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By Natural & Frugal: Raising 6 kids

Blog Series #6 A DIY Bedroom: How to be Green & Healthy

DIY all things Bedroom cleaning.

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The 6th blog post in my blog series on cleaning room by room, And in our bedrooms just like the rest of the house we still mainly use the same items as we do in any other DIY green cleaning around the whole house. Using the same multi purpose products in the whole house saves so much money & time & gives you peace of mind knowing you are not polluting the air with chemicals & you are not leaving toxic residue on mattresses or anywhere.

.Some of the things you need for DIY Bedroom are:

Make sure to check out my series of articles: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room, I will be adding articles on how to clean each room in your house, DIY, natural & frugal. Blog series of articles on: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room.

All things DIY for the whole house, Green cleaning, subjects being added: laundry, bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room, bedrooms, kids bedrooms, nursery, office, floors, walls, ceilings, vehicles, & Pest control.

BedroomA DIY Bedroom: How to Green & Healthy, but are these DIY ideas as effective to kill germs,bacteria odors & dust mites like commercial Bedroom cleaning  products do?
The fast answer is: You bet they are! (check out the other blog posts in this series linked to above for lots more info) And the best part no compromising your immune system.

Some info on effectiveness of DIY Green Cleaning.
Essential oils & Baking soda effective cleaners & at killing dust mites: A simple way to rid dust mites is to clean your mattress, carpet, and upholstered furniture using just baking soda and essential oils. According to this study, dust mites can be killed by using peppermint, eucalyptus or wintergreen essential oil. When combined with baking soda, which absorbs moisture, deodorizer and sanitizer, this powerhouse duo can be an extremely effective, natural, and non-toxic household cleaner. (HERE)

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Now onto how to make all things DIY Bedroom.

Mattress cleaning deodorizing & stain removal ideas.

To freshen, deodorizer & kill dust mites.
Add 2 cups of baking soda, 10 drops lavender essential oil, 5 to 10 drops Tea tree oil to a bowl use a fork & your fingers to evenly mix & break up clumps, simply sprinkle on bare mattress & work in with broom, brush or hands & let sit  on mattress several hours before vacuuming up. A great tip is to add this mixture to an empty parmesan cheese container for easy sprinkling.
Options to add to mixture: 1 cup of eucalyptus leaves ground in a blender till fine or other herbs fresh or dried, Any other essential oils you wish to add, 1/2 cup of corn starch (this is great to absorb oils etc) 1/4 cup salt,  1/2 cup of food grade Diatomaceous earth (to deodorize & kill fleas, mites, bed bugs, ants etc) 1/2 cup borax (helps freshen, remove odors, sanitize & kill critters) &/or several caps of peroxide just enough to make a nearly damp crumble (sanitizes, deodorizer, freshens, brightens & stain removal)

For pet pee or human pee on mattress.
Borax can remove the smell of urine from furniture and mattresses.  Just wet the areas of the mattress or furniture that are affected and shake on some Borax.  Wait for the whole thing to dry completely and then vacuum it away. (info from here)

kill Bed Bugs.
Simply sprinkle Food grade diatomaceous earth all over mattress (And room), between mattress & box springs, dust on legs & on the floor around legs, work into mattress with a broom or brush allow to sit overnight or longer is best to kill bed bugs effectively (can also kill spiders, ants, fleas, chiggers, mites, roaches & other creepy crawlies) Only vacuum mattress top, leave a DE layer between the mattress & box spring for however long you want, sweep & vacuum floors, baseboard etc, if you have an infestation leave some DE in corners & behind things, sprinkle in window seals, wash everything in hot water with Borax, And sit legs of bed in plastic bowls with DE in them.

Stains

Blood: use peroxide with a cotton ball, brush with toothbrush as needed, keep applying until gone

Ink: Rubbing alcohol with a cotton ball, brush with toothbrush as needed, keep applying until gone

Bodily oils etc: rub corn starch into area, brush with toothbrush as needed, leave several hours to absorb then simply brush off or vacuum.

Other stains:
#1 White vinegar, ball, brush with toothbrush as needed, keep applying until gone.
#2 baking soda & lemon juice &/or white vinegar brush with toothbrush as needed, keep applying until gone, then brush off or vacuum once dry.
#3 lemon juice & peroxide with a cotton ball, brush with toothbrush as needed, keep applying until gone.
#4 Borax & water paste brush with toothbrush as needed, keep applying until gone, then brush off or vacuum once dry.

Pee, pet pee, puke etc.
Spray spot with white vinegar or peroxide, pour a light covering of salt on area, make a slightly damp paste of baking soda & peroxide, add just a drop or 2 liquid natural soap mix & spread on area working in with a brush, allow to dry, brush off or vacuum, repeat if needed.

Marks on walls.
Baking soda & water paste rub with dry wash cloth, then wipe off (carefull not to remove paint)

Pillow, mattress, linen, closet & room spray deodorizer.
Large spray bottle, 10 drops lavender, 10 drops eucalyptus essential oils (or essential oils of choice), 1/4 cup witch hazel, fill the rest of the bottle with water & mist it around
Options to add: 1/2 cup white vinegar or peroxide, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 tsp Borax, 1/2 cup colloidal silver.

Room spray sanitizer & deodorizer.
Large spray bottle, fill 1/2 way with colloidal silver (or all the way) fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water, spray in the air & mist on mattress, linens curtains, walls etc & allow to air dry.
Options to add: 1/4 cup lemon juice, essential oils of choice, 1 tsp baking soda.

Cobwebs.
We use a duster misted with straight white vinegar & wipe them down easily, seems to also deter dust very well.

Nail holes in walls.
Make a thick paste with baking soda & water, or borax & water & simply fill holes, wait for them to dry & paint over them, this can also be done with white toothpaste.

Squeaky hinges & drawers
Use olive oil or Coconut oil just as you would WD40

Sachet ideas for drawers & closets
Use a mesh bag, bowl with lid & holes or sock tied, baking soda & favorite essential oils, just baking soda, baking soda & borax, baking soda & crushed dried eucalyptus leaves (or other dried herbs)  potpourri & baking soda &/or essential oils

And because this happened in my room, cleaning up spilled paint or paint specks on windows & floors.
For carpet or furniture add strait white vinegar to Shampoo machine & use on hot setting, works like a charm but may require multiple tries
For hardwood floor/furniture, walls, windows etc pain drippings or speckles, Warmed white vinegar in spray bottle & dry washcloth, toothbrush & scraper, also works like a charm, I usually let sit a minute or so before using one of my tools.

With all the cleaners above always do a spot check first, for info on cleaning windows, floors etc check out the other blog posts in this series.

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What Brands of coconut oil do I trust for taking & oil pulling? That is simple I use & recommend these 2 great brands:

  1. Skinny & Co. Coconut oil: Medicinal grade Extra Virgin coconut oil 100% pure. (click link for ordering info)
  2. Tropical Traditions Virgin Gold Label Coconut oil. (click link for ordering info)
Facebook Pages:

You can also follow me on: Pinterest, Google+ & Twitter

Virgin Coconut Oil, Gold Label how to Use Coconut Oil: There are hundreds of uses!

I do accept products to review on my blog

  • My reviews policy: I am sent products to review on my blog and that all opinions are my own. (to contact me to review your product go here)

SmartKlean Laundry ball / Stain remover – Safe – Effective – Saves Money, Water & the Environment. To order a SmartKlean Laundry Ball go here & use my affiliate page.

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The information on this site it intended for general inquiry, research & informational purposes only & should not be considered a substitute or replacement for trained medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
I am NOT a doctor, this page is for education & research only. Always consult a doctor, your health practitioner or other competent licensed health professional before taking any herbs or supplements, using alternative ideas & for any specific advice about medical treatments. In many cases these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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Blog Series #5 A DIY Dining room: How to be Green & Healthy

DIY all things Dining room cleaning.

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The 5th blog post in my blog series on cleaning room by room, And like the rest of the house I pretty much use the same items for the dining room as I do in my other DIY green cleaning around the whole house. Using the same multi purpose products in the whole house saves so much money & time. Remember measurements do not need to be exact, that’s part of the beauty of DIY cleaners there is no exact science just mix it the way it works best for you.

Some of the things you need for DIY Dining room are:

Make sure to check out my series of articles: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room, I will be adding articles on how to clean each room in your house, DIY, natural & frugal. Blog series of articles on: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room.

All things DIY for the whole house, Green cleaning, subjects being added: laundry, bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room, bedrooms, kids bedrooms, nursery, office, floors, walls, ceilings, vehicles, & Pest control.

A DIY Dining room: How to Green & Healthy, but are these DIY ideas as effective to kill germs & bacteria like commercial Dining room cleaning  products do?
The fast answer is: You bet they are! (check out the other blog posts in this series linked to above for lots more info) And the best part no toxic fumes to breath in & no toxic residue absorbing into the skin & compromising your immune system.

DIYSome info on Vinegar & Lemon & Cleaning.

Vinegar actually cleans much like an all-purpose cleaner. All you need is to mix a solution of equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and you have a natural effective green cleaning solution that will clean most areas of your home (do not clean stone or granite with vinegar). Vinegar is the like perfect cleaning product as well as a disinfectant & deodorizer.  Vinegar isn’t a good idea to use on marble surfaces either.

Lemon juice is another natural substance that can be used to clean your home. Lemon juice can be used to dissolve soap scum . Lemon is a great substance to clean and shine brass and copper. Be aware that lemon juice can act as a natural bleach.  It’s a good idea to test it out on a hidden area first. Mix 1 cup olive oil with ½ cup lemon juice and you have a furniture polish for hardwood furniture Lemon juice can also be used to treat stains because of its natural bleaching qualities.

White distilled vinegar and lemon juice share a similar acidic pH of between 2.3  and 2.5. Both have strong deodorant properties that make them especially  successful in cleaning any room in your house. Lemon and vinegar cleansing  leaves rooms fresh smelling and clean, naturally.

When you are buying ingredients for your natural cleansing products, there are a  few simple guidelines to keep in mind:
1) Remember that fresh is best, so  using fresh lemons for cleansing and deodorizing will give you the best results.  Lemon juice from the bottle is the next best option. When lemons are out of  season, bottled is often the most economical alternative. Bottled juice is  easier to use for larger cleaning jobs.
2) There are many varieties of  vinegar, but the most often used in housekeeping are cider vinegar and white  distilled vinegar (5 percent). Cider vinegar may discolor fabric, so it should  not be used in laundering.

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Now onto how to make all things DIY Dining room.

Hard wood floors
1 to 2 cups of white vinegar, 1/2 cup lemon juice in a gallon of warm water, mop as normal.
To shine floors mix olive oil & lemon juice & buff floors to a shine.

laminate & linoleum floors
1 to 3 cups white vinegar, 1 tbsp of corn starch in a gallon or 2 of hot water, mop as normal

For more recipes for DIY floors check out  #10 DIY Floors: How to be Green & Healthy

Multi purpose spray
For table, window sills, walls, table legs, chairs, hutches etc
Large Spray bottle, 1 cup white vinegar, slowly add 1 to 2 tsp of baking soda (fizzes up) wait until fizzing stops & add 2 to 3 drops of tea tree oil & 2 to 3 drops of essential of choice. use with a clean wash cloth.

Glass cleaner
(see #4 A DIY Livingroom: How to be Green & Healthy for glass cleaners)
For tough jobs add 1 cup of white vinegar, 5 to 10 drops of lemon or orange essential oil & 1 tsp liquid soap to a bucket of hot water, can be used inside or outside, scrub with wash cloth or sponge, use a squeegee to wipe water off if needed.

Scented room spray #1
Spray bottle, add citrus cleaning vinegar (1 part water 1 part vinegar) mist in room or use to clean with just as you would multi purpose cleaner, the citrus vinegar can also be used to mop with to replace white vinegar.

Scented room spray #2
Large spray bottle
1 cup of white vinegar
1 tsp baking soda
10 to 20 drops of essential oil of choice
Optional: 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol or Grain alcohol
Mix vinegar & baking soda slowly, add essential oil etc & fill the rest of the way with water & simply clean (non wood surfaces if alcohol is in it) or mist in the air.

Scented room spray #3
Large spray bottle
1/2 cup of peroxide
5 drops each lemon, orange & eucalyptus essential oil
Again it can be used as a spray cleaner or misted in the air, for stone oor granite cleaning use this with only the eucalyptus essential oil added.

Musty odors on carpet or in room
1 part Borax, 1 part baking soda, sprinkle in room all over floors rather there is carpeting or not, allow to sit overnight & sweep up or vacuum up.

Food on ceilings or walls
If none of the above spray cleaners work try this. Make a paste of baking soda & water, baking soda & peroxide, baking soda & vinegar etc & simply wipe on & rub gently (check to make sure paint wont fade or peel), simply wipe off with a clean damp sponge.

For more recipes for DIY ceilings check out  #11 DIY Wall cleaning: How to be Green & Healthy

To clean up spilled oils or greasy foods
Simply cover spot with baking soda, or baking soda & corn starch, allow to absorb oils & sweep up, then spray & wipe with a spray cleaner.

High chair cleaning
Use any of the spray cleaners above safely, if high chair is wood try the oil & lemon shinning & conditioning as well.

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What Brands of coconut oil do I trust for taking & oil pulling? That is simple I use & recommend these 2 great brands:

  1. Skinny & Co. Coconut oil: Medicinal grade Extra Virgin coconut oil 100% pure. (click link for ordering info)
  2. Tropical Traditions Virgin Gold Label Coconut oil. (click link for ordering info)
Facebook Pages:

You can also follow me on: Pinterest, Google+ & Twitter

Virgin Coconut Oil, Gold Label how to Use Coconut Oil: There are hundreds of uses!

I do accept products to review on my blog

  • My reviews policy: I am sent products to review on my blog and that all opinions are my own. (to contact me to review your product go here)

SmartKlean Laundry ball / Stain remover – Safe – Effective – Saves Money, Water & the Environment. To order a SmartKlean Laundry Ball go here & use my affiliate page.

Thank you for supporting my Facebook pages, Blog & sharing with your friends, Cheree of Natural & Frugal: Raising 6 kids

The information on this site it intended for general inquiry, research & informational purposes only & should not be considered a substitute or replacement for trained medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
I am NOT a doctor, this page is for education & research only. Always consult a doctor, your health practitioner or other competent licensed health professional before taking any herbs or supplements, using alternative ideas & for any specific advice about medical treatments. In many cases these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

All  information contained in the pages of Natural & Frugal: Raising 6 kids blog, blog posts, site, Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest or elsewhere are for information & research only.

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Blog series #2 A DIY Bathroom: How to be Green & Healthy

DIY all things Bathroom cleaning.

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As always I use the same items for my bathroom cleaning as I do in my other DIY green cleaning around the house.

Remember measurements do not need to be exact, that’s part of the beauty of DIY cleaners there is no exact science just mix it the way it works best for you.

Some of the things you need for DIY bathroom are:

Make sure to check out my series of articles: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room, I will be adding articles on how to clean each room in your house, DIY, natural & frugal. Blog series of articles on: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room.

All things DIY for the whole house, Green cleaning, subjects being added: laundry, bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room, bedrooms, kids bedrooms, nursery, office, floors, walls, ceilings, vehicles, & Pest control.

cleaners 005A DIY Bathroom: How to Green & Healthy, but is DIY as effective & as sanitary as commercial bathroom cleaning  products?
In my home they have been put to the test time & time again & the DIY products never fail us & DIY cleaners do not irritate my damaged lung, my Sons asthma, or any allergies. Part of the truth of how well they work is how rarely we get sick, the same is true of others I have talked to who have switched to DIY cleaning.

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Some info on the cleaning power of just 3 of the DIY ingredients:

Vinegar for cleaning:
Straight 5 percent solution of vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses).

Baking soda for cleaning:
Baking soda made from soda ash or sodium carbonate, this mineral has the ability to balance  the naturally made pH acidic and pH alkaline that resides in all living things.  Including: bacteria, mold, mildew and a host of many other natural odor-causing organisms  can be neutralized with the use of baking soda.

Borax for cleaning:
Borax is used as a natural laundry booster, multipurpose cleaner, fungicide, preservative, insecticide, herbicide, disinfectant, dessicant. (Banish Black Mold, Naturally). Borax is odorless. Borax cleans & bleaches by converting some water molecules to hydrogen peroxide. This reaction is better in hotter water. The pH of borax is about 9.5, so it produces a basic solution in water, thereby increasing the effectiveness of bleach and other cleaners.

Others:
The Power of Vinegar, Baking soda & Borax is cleaning & sanitizing are amazing, green & safe. Other ingredients that also effectively kill germs, viruses & bacteria are colloidal silver, essential oils, salt, lemon juice & rubbing alcohol. So when using safe DIY products you are not at all loosing effectiveness & possibly are getting a cleaner home free of chemicals. So going DIY can be healthier: Commercial & Natural vs DIY cleaners & your immune system

A mighty combo of Eucalyptus & lemon essential oil (or lemon juice): These essential oils either mixed in vinegar, water, baking soda, borax etc make great grime removers separate & together for tub, shower, toilet, sink, counters, faucets, shower curtains/doors etc. & as a plus they are naturally a disinfectant, deodorizing & safe to use. So these 2 essential oils can be added separate or together to almost any DIY recipe for an amazing grime fighter for things like soap scum in the shower & tub & just an amazing all around multi cleaner. Eucalyptus & lemon for me are the best for soap scum & grime & I add them to all my tub, shower, sink cleaners & to my soft scrub (& pretty much all my DIY cleaners).

Now onto how to make the DIY cleaners & use them in your bathroom

To keep any mixtures you make ahead fresh longer & to add sanitizing power add colloidal silver.

A few basic cleaners that can be used around the bathroom (& house)

Soft scrub for sinks, counter, toilet, tub, faucets, shower etc
1 cup of baking soda
1 tbsp peroxide
1 tbsp water
10 to 15 drops of lemon essential oil
Store in an old soft scrub bottle or jar with sealing lid, use just like soft scrub, the eucalyptus really cleans scum & grim, the scrubbing power of baking soda cleans better than harsh abrasives, lemon cleans calcium deposits, peroxide is a whitener/brightener. Great for tubs, sinks, faucets, toilets, tile, shower doors anywhere there are water spots & lime deposits.
Options: to make a thicker paste gradually add salt & corn starch
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Tub, shower, toilet & faucet scrub:
1 box of baking soda
A spray cleaner from above
sprinkle on, spray & clean
Options to add: Lemon essential oil, Eucalyptus essential oil, salt
Use anywhere you need to scrub, you can let it sit before washing off if desired.
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DIY Natural Antibacterial Cleaning Wipes: for sink, shower toilet etc
(to replace Toxic Clorox & Lysol cleaning wipes)
In a bowl combine 2 cups of warm/hot water with 2 tbsp of Borax, stir till dissolved.
Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar,
1/2 cup of lemon juice,
10 drops of tea tree oil
5 drops of 1 essential oil of choice (lavender, orange, lemon, peppermint, eucalyptus)
Use a plastic or glass seal tight container or leftover baby wipe container etc.
You can use cut up T Shirts, or use wash-clothes or a roll of paper towels cut in half etc, put in container & pour mixture over it.
Options to add, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1/4 cup colloidal silver &/or replace vinegar with peroxide. These are a multi purpose cleaning wipe safe for use around little ones, use on high chairs at restaurants or grocery carts etc. Can be used in Kitchen, bathroom, nursery, on toys, counters, floors, walls on & on
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Frugal ideas: The best DIY Shower/Tub cleaner:
12 oz. Vinegar (heated)
10 oz. natural liquid soap
Heat the vinegar for 2 minutes and add to a spray bottle. Add the soap and shake gently to combine. Use to clean your sinks, tubs and showers.
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Multi purpose spray cleaner #1:
Spray bottle
1/2 cup lemon or lime juice (Or both)
1/2 cup of peroxide
Fill the rest with water
Options to add: essential oils of choice (if dealing with soap scum add Eucalyptus essential oil)
Great for cleaning all around the bathroom, even mirrors, keep handy for fast cleaning of any area in your home.
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Frugal Multi purpose spray cleaner #2:
Spray bottle
Strait rubbing alcohol
Options to add: White vinegar, water, essential oils, Lemon juice
This one is great in smaller spray bottles for fast drying cleaning like toilet seats, door handles & misting the toilet brush.
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Multi purpose spray cleaner #3:
Spray bottle
Straight white vinegar
Options to add: Use Citrus vinegar, essential oils
Also great all around the bathroom, works great on Windows Mirrors & Chrome, sliding tub doors also, great all around the house
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Mold on Tile, shower or anywhere:
The best products for mold are peroxide, baking soda, Borax, lemon juice, lemon essential oil, Eucalyptus essential oil, Tea tree oil & Colloidal silver
Use one or more of the powders, mix in a liquid &/or an essential oil & use a scrub brush or strong toothbrush & allow to sit several hors if possible & then rinse off & repeat as needed.
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Bathroom deodorizing, germ fighting spray:
Spray bottle
Distilled water
For every cup of water used add 2 to 4 drops of each
Eucalyptus essential oil
Tea tree oil
Options to add: 1 drop per cup of water of Lemon essential oil
Great to mist in the air, for surface cleaning, toilet cleaning & tub, also great around the house. Can also be misted on toilet brush to deodorize & sanitize.
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Chrome & faucet shine:
Just baking soda & water, scrub, rinse of with warm water & buff with dry paper towel, yup that easy
Options to add: coconut oil very sparingly
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Toilet bowl cleaner #1:
2 tbsp Baking soda
2 tbsp Borax
1 to 2 cups White vinegar
add the baking soda & borax to the toilet bowl water, stir around with toilet brush, then add the vinegar & let it fiz, scrub with brush then flush, if very dirty let it sit while you clean the rest of the bathroom or overnight before scrubbing & flushing
Options to add: essential oils, Lemon juice, salt
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Toilet bowl cleaner #2:
2 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp borax or washing soda (make your own washing soda)
1 tbsp of natural liquid soap
1 to 2 cups white vinegar
Add the baking soda & borax to the toilet bowl water, stir around with toilet brush, add the liquid soap & swish it around, then add the vinegar & let it fiz, scrub with brush then flush, if very dirty let it sit while you clean the rest of the bathroom or overnight before scrubbing & flushing.
Options: Add warmed water to the toilet bowl first, heat the vinegar before adding.
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Moping the floors:
Just add a couple of cups of white vinegar to hot water in a mop bucket
Options: add lemon juice, essential oils, liquid soap
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More info for cleaning:

*Yecch! Intestinal Bacteria on Your Toothbrush (Sounds Like a Job for
Colloidal Silver)
*20 Top Ways to Use Colloidal Silver Around the House
*Colloidal Silver Usage: “How To” Bits and
Pieces
*More info on DIY cleaning, here, here here & here
It is Spring Cleaning time, how about at your house?
Comment below & let me know what DIY cleaners you use in your bathroom, or about trying one of my DIY cleaners.

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What Brands of coconut oil do I trust for taking & oil pulling? That is simple I use & recommend these 2 great brands:

  1. Skinny & Co. Coconut oil: Medicinal grade Extra Virgin coconut oil 100% pure. (click link for ordering info)
  2. Tropical Traditions Virgin Gold Label Coconut oil. (click link for ordering info)
Facebook Pages:

You can also follow me on: Pinterest, Google+ & Twitter

Virgin Coconut Oil, Gold Label how to Use Coconut Oil: There are hundreds of uses!

I do accept products to review on my blog

  • My reviews policy: I am sent products to review on my blog and that all opinions are my own. (to contact me to review your product go here)

SmartKlean Laundry ball / Stain remover – Safe – Effective – Saves Money, Water & the Environment. To order a SmartKlean Laundry Ball go here & use my affiliate page.

Thank you for supporting my Facebook pages, Blog & sharing with your friends, Cheree of Natural & Frugal: Raising 6 kids

The information on this site it intended for general inquiry, research & informational purposes only & should not be considered a substitute or replacement for trained medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
I am NOT a doctor, this page is for education & research only. Always consult a doctor, your health practitioner or other competent licensed health professional before taking any herbs or supplements, using alternative ideas & for any specific advice about medical treatments. In many cases these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

All  information contained in the pages of Natural & Frugal: Raising 6 kids blog, blog posts, site, Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest or elsewhere are for information & research only.

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Blog series #1 A DIY Laundry Room: How to be Green and Healthy

DIY all things Laundry

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I use the same items in my laundry room as I do in my other DIY green cleaning around the house..

Remember measurements do not need to be exact, that’s part of the beauty of DIY cleaners there is no exact science just mix it the way it works best for you.

Some of the things you need for DIY laundry are:

Make sure to check out my series of articles: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room, I will be adding articles on how to clean each room in your house, DIY, natural & frugal.
Blog series of articles on: How to be Green & Healthy: Room by room …

All things DIY for the whole house, Green cleaning, subjects being added: laundry, bathroom, kitchen, living room, dining room, bedrooms, kids bedrooms, nursery, office, floors, walls, ceilings, vehicles, & Pest control.

027A DIY laundry room How to: Green & healthy, but is DIY as effective as commercial laundry products?
In my home they have been put to the test time & time again & the DIY products never fail us & as an added plus do not bother any of my sensitive skinned family.

If you are one of those people who wants natural & green but not DIY check out this post, where I have a review of Tropical Traditions laundry powder & have a DIY recipe using it as well.

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My husband is a metal fabricator in a factory where he gets almost totally black & DIY products do an awesome job getting them clean, before this job he worked for 5 years changing oil & DIY worked like a charm. And with 6 kids I have removed every stain imaginable using DIY, I have a few times been referred to as the stain removing queen lol, I don’t know about that but I do get many even set in stains out. All these recipes are used in my HE machine. Store all recipes in seal tight containers.

As I have pointed out before when you wash with commercial toxic laundry products they get on your clothes then absorb into your skin & weaken your immune system as a result of the toxins. Go here for more info on commercial products vs DIY for a better immune system.

If you do not want to make your own laundry soap/detergent you might want to check out the awesome SmartKlean Laundry ball here.

To keep liquid mixtures fresh longer & to add sanitizing power add colloidal silver

For recipes that call for Washing soda you can cheaply make your own here , for info on DIY cleaners go here, here, here & here

Spot treaters

Spot treat (in a spray bottle)
3 parts water to 1 part lemon juice, 1 part peroxide.
what I do for most stains is just spray them as I see them, I let sit 20 minutes to over night, then wash as normal. So far I have never had this fade any clothing, but if you are worried do a spot check. Store in dark spot because of peroxide in mixture.

Spot treat (paste)
1 box baking soda
1/2 cup of corn starch
1 tbsp. salt
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
1 tbsp. natural liquid soap
5 drops each Lemon & Eucalyptus essential oil
Enough water to form a paste while mixing

Store in container with seal tight lid, just simply rub on tough greasy stains & scrub in with a toothbrush, allow to sit or even dry then wash as normal. Sometimes this mixture starts drying out, we just simply add more water & mix again.

Stains

Stain cheats 
(for stains a toothbrush & sponge can be your friend)
Blood: use straight peroxide & rinse with cold water or use a peroxide baking soda paste.
Ink & Makeup: wet spot with rubbing alcohol & keep dabbing more on & rubbing with clothe, or making a baking soda rubbing alcohol paste & scrub with a toothbrush.
Ring around the collar & Sweat: Make a white vinegar & baking soda paste with a couple drops of eucalyptus essential oil, scrub with toothbrush
Coffee: White vinegar with a sponge & blot
Gum: put rubbing alcohol on back & freeze, pull off, then get sticky residue off with rubbing alcohol.
Grease & oil: Liquid soap, baking soda & corn starch in a paste rubbed in, or when dry sprinkle on & press in corn starch & let sit & soak up spot before washing
Unknown stains: try Zote Jelly

Laundry soaps

With DIY laundry soaps, powders can be made into liquids by adding to simmering water on the stove & stirring until dissolved, & adding more water to thin as needed (example recipe one would be 2 to 3 gallons of water total once made) Also amounts are subjective & can be different for each person depending on washer brand, HE machines & Brand, & types of water, so it may take a bit of trial & error to get the right amount for you & to not add to much.

To much soap actually cleans the clothes worse than to little does & too much gives clothes a dingy look as well. So start off with a very small amount of soap rather liquid or powder & build up to what works best. A great test to know if you are adding too much soap to your laundry loads is to add about 3 to 4 towels on a large load with the normal amount of soap you use for a large load. Let the washer run through all the cycles until done, then restart the washer on a small load with no soap, during the wash cycle when water is agitating check to see if any soap bubbles are forming, if they are you are using to much soap. Towels are great for this test because they are absorbent.

fels naptha soap

Shaved Fels Naptha soap

Laundry soap #1 (powdered)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Baking soda
2 cups Washing soda
1 bar grated or shaved Zote or Fels naptha soap
1 cup Epsom salt (optional, but works great to help soften to help stop fading & removes some stains)
Mix well, use 1 to 2 tbsp. per load, adjust up or down to your need

Laundry soap #2 (powdered)
4 bars of  grated or shaved Zote or Fels naptha soap(or use Octagon, castile bars, homemade bars or other natural bars soap)
1 78 oz. box of Borax
6 cups. baking soda
8 cups Washing soda
2 tbsp. of lavender essential oil
2 tbsp of lemon essential oil

Mix together breaking up any clumps, store in airtight container, use 1 to 2 tbsp. per load. (if you do not want to add the bar soap leave it out & use 2 to 5 tbsp. per load.

Laundry soap #3 (powdered)
2 bars of grated or shaved Zote
2 bars of grated or shaved Fels Naphtha
6 cups baking soda
6 cups washing soda
1 cup Epsom salt

DIY liquid LandryMix together & use 1 to 2 tbsp. per load.

Laundry soap #4 (liquid)
3 Tablespoons Borax
3 Tablespoons Washing Soda
1 cup natural liquid soap
20 drops eucalyptus or lavender essential oil

Dissolve the borax & washing soda in 3 cups of warm water, then mix with soap in gallon jug  fill all the way with water. , might need to shake to mix before each use.  use 1/2 cup to 1 cup per load.

Fabric softeners

Avoid DIY softeners that use hair conditioners, conditioners have questionable ingredients
 Some people toss tennis balls or other rubber balls into the dryer with clothes.  I’m not a huge fan of this method since the heat of the dryer can cause the rubber to off-gas onto your clothing.  If you have an allergy to latex, this is definitely not the method for you.  Plus, I wouldn’t choose this method if you’re drying delicate clothing items. (8 Toxins Lurking in Your Fabric Softener & 6 Natural Alternatives)
Fabric softener #1 (rinse cycle)
Choice of one or more of the these
1 cup of white vinegar
1 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup peroxide
1/2 cup Epsom salt
1/4 cup salt
1/2 cup borax
Fabric softener #2 liquid (rinse cycle)
4 cups white vinegar
2 cups lemon juice
20 to 30 drops of lavender essential oil
Add to gallon jug & fill the rest of the way with water, add 1/2 to 1 cup per load

Fabric softener #3 liquid (rinse cycle)
2 cups of baking soda
1 cup salt
20 drops of your favorite essential oil
Add 5 cups of water to a sauce pan & gradually add salt & baking soda, bring to simmer & stir till clear, you may need to add another cup or 2 of water. allow to cool & add to gallon jug, add essential oils & top of with cool water. add 1/2 to 1 cup per load.

Fabric softener #4 powdered (rinse cycle)
2 boxes baking soda
1/2 cup corn starch
1 cup Epsom salt
20 drops of your favorite essential oil
Mix together breaking up any clumps, store in air tight container, use 1/2 cup per load

DIY fabric softener balls, here, here & here, Scented vinegar rinse here

Fabric softening crystals
2 pounds of Epsom salt
30 to 40 drops of your favorite essential oils
Mix up & use 1/4 to 1 cup per load.

Fabric softening for dryer: after clothes are almost dry as dryer starts cooling down or on a cool settings take a dry washcloth & add about 5 drops of your favorite essential oils & leave in until dryer is done.

Other

Bucket or tub Soak

Natural Laundry pre-soak, stain remover, brightener, & to remove odors First fill bath tub half full of hot water, before adding the clothes add 1 cup of baking soda (whitener, stain remover, odor remover) 1/2 cup of salt (for stains) 1/2 cup for colors to 1 cup for whites of peroxide (whitener, brightener, stain remover, odor remover) 1/2 to 1 cup of lemon juice (whitener, brightener, stain remover, odor remover)

Now add the clothes & make sure that they are wet, soak 4+ hours or overnight, then drain & wring out (do not rinse) add to washer as normal.

Options to add to mixture 1 cup of distilled white vinegar (whitener, brightener, stain remover, odor remover) 1 cup of Borax (whitener, brightener, stain remover, odor remover) 1 cup of Lime juice (whitening, brightening) 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil (odor remover, adds more germ fighting power) Any other essential oil You can also add more baking soda, lemon juice &/or peroxide for really bad stains, odors or dingy clothes Can be done in the washing machine (presoak) if you prefer.
I have never had this mixture fade clothes, but if you are concerned about fading, do a color check & use warm water instead of hot
DIY Color safe Bleach alternative
2 cups peroxide
2 cups fresh lemon juice or lemon juice concentrate
Add them to an empty gallon milk/vinegar jug & fill the rest of jug with water.
A Color safe bleach alternative that disinfectant. sanitizer, is antibacterial, odor remover, & also can be used as fabric softener. For white loads add 1/2 cup to 2 cups
 for colors add 1/2 cup to 1 cup. Store jug when not in use in dark spot because of the peroxide in it. Options: *I sometimes use 1 cup each peroxide & lemon instead of 2 cups *I sometimes use some lime juice to make it lemon/lime
*You can also add 20 drops lemon essential oil to mixture for a more lemony scent & more disinfectant power (or other essential oil) What I do is add it to the bleach cycle & the rinse cycle on towels. whites etc for extra brightening/whitening & softening power plus odor eliminator.
DIY oxy clean
1 box of baking soda
1/2 cup of peroxide
Mix into  a crumble, for a liquid version add more peroxide & some water
To set the colors in towels or new clothes
Add clothes to washer on small load
run cold water with 1/2 cup of salt
1 cup of white vinegar
Let soak overnight then run washer as normal
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