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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 #11 DIY Wall cleaning: How to be Green & Healthy

DIY all things cleaning the Walls in your home.

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Are you ready for post 11 in my blog series on cleaning room by room? And if you have been following the series you already have everything you need, since 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 walls fast, easy & effectively using DIY safe natural cleaning products. A blog post on DIY cleaning ceilings will be in the subject of the next blog post in this series, so stay tuned for that.

You can go to any of the other 10 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.

Some of the things you need for DIY Wall 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 Walls: How to Green & Healthy, but are these DIY ideas as effective to kill germs & bacteria  like commercial cleaning  products do?cleaners2
My answer again 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. I also have known many friends who while switching to DIY natural cleaners saw their health improve greatly.

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

On walls I always suggest spot checking first, cheap paints & flat paint can easily be ruined, so it is best to only clean painted walls that are semi gloss, high gloss & quality paints, as to wood, wallpaper or tile walls mostly refer to the info on the type & any sealer or shine it may have added.

These 2 recipes are rom Post #4 Livingroom & can be used to dust, clean any wood surface including wood walls, molding, trim etc
Dusting spray for wood (shine): 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.
Wood cleaner Vinegar & Olive oil equal amounts, use a wash cloth & buff wood (Apple cider vinegar for dark wood, white vinegar or light wood)
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Ink on walls: Spray with straight rubbing alcohol or make a rubbing alcohol & baking soda paste or a rubbing alcohol, baking soda & salt paste, gently rub on with dry wash cloth or toothbrush, after the stain is gone wipe off with clean damp wash cloth. Options to add: Eucalyptus essential oil.

Crayon or pencil marks on walls: make a paste of baking soda & water & gently rub on with dry wash cloth or toothbrush, after the stain is gone wipe off with clean damp wash cloth. Options to add Eucalyptus or Lemon essential oil

Fingerprints: Simply mix 3 tbsp of Borax & 2 TBS of baking soda in 1 large spray bottle with warm water, shake & use, for really tough jobs use one of the baking soda paste above first before the spray. Options to add to spray bottle: Dish Liquid, Essential oils

Food on walls: 1 part vinegar, 1 part lemon juice to 4 parts water added to large spray bottle spray & clean… Or 1 part peroxide & 1 part lemon juice to 4 parts water added to a large spray bottle (store in dark place when not in use) Options to add to sprays: Orange essential oil, Lemon essential oil.

Nail holes: small holes in walls, make a thick paste of baking soda & water simply fill hole then paint spot with q tip once dry or some prefer to mix the paint into the baking soda paste instead of water.baking soda

Mold on walls: This can be used in a spray bottle or in a bucket, mix 2 cups of white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of Tea tree oil for every 1/2 gallon of warm water, options to add: 2 tablespoons Natural liquid soap, 1 tablespoon of Eucalyptus essential oil ,3 tablespoons of grapefruit seed extract per 1/2 gallon of water. Also great is one spray bottle of straight vinegar & one spray bottle of straight peroxide spray the vinegar & wipe then spray the peroxide & wipe (do not mix in the same bottle) because mold can be very dangerous wear a mask & ventilate area, & try to not get mold into the air.

Scuffs on baseboard: Again a baking soda water paste, or baking soda mixed with any oil, use wash cloth to clean

Tile or granite wall cleaner: I have researched & all info states peroxide is safe on Granite, vinegar is not, so use a spray bottle with straight peroxide to clean granite & to clean & shine tile, peroxide is a great disinfectant also.

Musty, moldy, or pet smell on walls: 10 drops eucalyptus & 10 drops tea tree essential oils add to large spray bottle with water, mist walls & wipe dry, being very careful not to get them to wet or to leave on to long. Options to add: Lemon essential oil.

Spiders, Roaches & pests on walls or anywhere (repel): 20 drops peppermint essential oil in large spray bottle filled with water or added to one of your DIY spray cleaners. spray spiders directly then just wipe to remove any excess wetness after using a broom to remove spider (spider will probably still be alive) after removing all spiders spray areas they tend to live with your mixture, wipe off excess water, this might need to be repeated daily(also repels some other bugs & repels mice). You can also make a food grade diatomaceous earth & water mixture to spray, just do not add to much DE since it will clog the sprayer (Great for most pest in home & garden). To kill roaches add 1/4 to 1/2  cup of colloidal silver to a large spray bottle with water, or add 1/8th cup to your DIY spray cleaners, simply just use everywhere you have seen roaches & it repels them & you will start finding dead roaches.

I hope you are enjoying my blog series on cleaning with DIY products,

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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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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 #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)
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Blog Series #4 A DIY Livingroom: How to be Green & Healthy

DIY all things Living room cleaning.

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And just like my other blog posts on cleaning room by room, I pretty much use the same items for Livingroom cleaning as I do in my other DIY green cleaning around the whole house.

Some of the things you need for DIY Livingroom 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.

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Think about all the toxic cleaners in most households for cleaning just the living room, rug & furniture spot cleaner & shampoos, furniture polish, scented candles & plug ins, carpet  vacuum freshening powders & sprays, window cleaners oh my & the list could go on.

Now think about your family, friends, young children & beloved pets touching the toxic residues left behind & absorbing it through their skin, or breathing in toxic fumes from cleaners, air fresheners or candles.

With the increasing awareness of the threat given by chemical & toxic household & antibacterial cleaners, many are looking for ways by which they can stop using them. So, the use of natural DIY cleaner is fast becoming a  must in so many households. These DIY  cleaners are natural & do not  pollute the inside air or the environment, leading to a safer home that does not have a negative impact on the immune system.

Now Consider Natural cleaning products, simple & yes effective:
Baking soda is pure bicarbonate of soda. The beneficial qualities of baking soda are the result of its ability to act as a buffer, neutralizing both acidic and alkaline substances to regulate pH. This is the secret behind its effectiveness as an odor remover—it doesn’t just mask offensive smells, it neutralizes them. Baking soda is inexpensive, environmentally friendly, fragrance-free, and nontoxic, making it a perfect deodorizer for use in areas frequented by children or pets or where food is handled.

Vinegar being an all around cleaner is really an effective ingredient for your floor cleaning specially carpets. Yes, you can make use of a kitchen ingredient as a substitute for expensive commercial carpet cleaning products and save yourself some cash while still getting your carpet spotless and clean. (here)

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Now onto how to make all things DIY Livingroom.

Carpet & upholstery spot cleaner #1
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.

Carpet & upholstery spot cleaner #2
Spray spot with straight warm vinegar, rub just a little zote bar soap on the wet spot (not too much) then sprinkle salt & baking soda on wet soap spot & scrub, let dry & vacuum up.

For more help on stains: many laundry stain removers can be used on carpet & upholstery, info here

Carpet & upholstery steam cleaning solution #1
1 to 2 cups of white vinegar per gallon of hot water, use in shampoo machine, can also be used after shampooing with soap to remove soap residue that causes more stains.

Carpet & upholstery steam cleaning solution #2
1 cup lemon juice & 1 to 2 cups peroxide to 1 gallon of hot water, add to shampoo machine & shampoo.

Carpet & upholstery steam cleaning solution #3
Either of the above solutions & add 1 teaspoon natural liquid soap

All Carpet & upholstery should be tested for color fading before using any of the above ideas.

Dusting spray for wood (shine):
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.

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

Carpet & upholstery deodorizing powder #1
1 box of baking soda, 1/2 cup corn starch, 1/4 cup salt, 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 broom, allow to sit 15 minutes to overnight & vacuum up, make sure you can vacuum salt with your vacuum first.

Carpet & upholstery deodorizing powder #2
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 broom, allow to sit 15 minutes to overnight & vacuum up.

Carpet & upholstery deodorizing powder #3
Add Eucalyptus leaves in the blender to make powder approximately 1 cup (or other dried herbs you might like) & 1 box of baking soda, Add to bowl with seal tight lid & use fork or fingers to blend & remove clumps, sprinkle on then work in with broom, allow to sit 15 minutes to overnight & vacuum up.

Carpet & upholstery deodorizing powder #4
Add 2 caps of peroxide to any of the above mixtures.

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

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.

Glass cleaner #3
Straight white vinegar in spray bottle

Glass cleaner #4 
(the soap is for removing wax build up after using commercial glass cleaner so DIY wont be cloudy, you can add it to any of the above cleaners too)
Large spray bottle
1 cup white vinegar
1 /2 cup lemon or lime juice
Optional: about 10 drops natural liquid soap (or Dawn)

Use black & white newspaper with glass cleaners for a great streak free shine

Fleas, roaches, silverfish, ants etc #1
sprinkle food grade diatomaceous earth (DE) on carpets furniture, pet bedding, baseboard, behind furniture etc. leave as long as possible ( this can be left behind furniture etc, hours, days weeks months) vacuum up any in areas where you walk or sit after fleas are gone. Safe for kids & animals. so safe we feed it to our animals & we take it daily.

Fleas, roaches, silverfish, ants etc #2
Sprinkle Borax on carpets furniture, baseboards, behind furniture etc. leave as long as possible & Vacuum up

Pet accidents #1
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.

Pet accidents #2
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.

To repel spiders
Spray bottle with 10 drops of liquid soap & 10 to 20 drops peppermint essential oil, spray spiders & spray areas where the hang out.

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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 #3 A DIY Kitchen: How to be Green & Healthy

DIY all things Kitchen cleaning.

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As you can see below, I again use pretty much the same items for my Kitchen cleaning as I do in my other DIY green cleaning around the house.

Some of the things you need for DIY kitchen 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 Kitchen: How to Green & Healthy, but is DIY as effective, kill germs & bacteria like e-coli & salmonella like commercial kitchen cleaning  products?
Yes, & in many areas they are better because they leave the needed good bacteria behind but do not leave immune compromising toxic residue behind. Check out the first 2 articles in this series (linked to above) for more info on how and why they are effective.
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.

Some info on the cleaning power of 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, whitish (can have various color impurities), and alkaline. It is not flammable and is not reactive. It can be mixed with most other cleaning agents, (including chlorine bleach). 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. In other chemical reactions, borax acts as a buffer, maintaining a stable pH needed to maintain cleansing chemical reactions. The boron, salt, and/or oxygen of boron inhibit the metabolic processes of many organisms. This characteristic allows borax to disinfect. Borates bonds with other particles to keep ingredients dispersed evenly in a mixture, which maximizes the surface area of active particles to enhance cleaning power.

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

More info:
Ramblings & a Natural multi-purpose DIY Cleaner & Ramblings.. My favorite DIY cleaners

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Now onto how to make all things DIY kitchen

To keep any mixtures you make ahead fresh longer & to add sanitizing power add colloidal silver. Any of the white vinegar can be replaced with Citrus Vinegar

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

DIYBasic spray cleaner
Straight white vinegar
Options to add: 1/2 lemon juice, eucalyptus essential oil, essential oil of choice, 1 tbsp Borax, 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol.
Do not use on Granite or stone, otherwise great for every surface even chrome, a great sanitizer. Straight 5 percent solution of vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses).

Super Disinfectant sprays
(2 bottles create one system of disinfecting)
1 spray bottle of straight white vinegar
1 spray bottle of straight 3% peroxide
Here is a simple trick, just add the spray top off your spray bottles, 1 to a 32oz bottle of white vinegar & one to a 32oz brown bottle of peroxide, if you decide to add the peroxide to a normal spray bottle keep it in the dark when not in use. It doesn’t matter which you use 1st, spray with the vinegar then spray the peroxide, or spray the peroxide then spray the vinegar. You won’t get any lingering taste of vinegar or peroxide, and neither is toxic to you if a small amount remains on the produce. Great for cleaning up raw meat juices like chicken, for cutting boards etc, all surfaces (not vinegar on granite or stone). Pairing the two mists killed virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli bacteria on heavily contaminated food and surfaces when used in this fashion, making this spray combination more effective at killing these potentially lethal bacteria than chlorine bleach or any commercially available kitchen cleaner. The best results came from using one mist right after the other it is 10 times more effective than using either spray by itself and more effective than mixing the vinegar and peroxide in one sprayer. Simply spray one then the other wipe & rinse if needed, then mist one then the other & allow to air dry.

Multi purpose Spray cleaner safe for Granite & Stone
Straight 3% peroxide
Always double-check your granite or stone wont be harmed by the peroxide, spot check if in doubt. great for all surfaces even chrome. keep in original brown bottle with spray top or keep in dark when not in use.

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

Kitchen soft scrub:
1 cup baking soda
1 tbsp cream of tartar
enough water to make a thick paste
3 drops lemon essential oil
3 drops eucalyptus essential oil
Mix & store any extra in seal tight container, use on stop, counters, appliances, stainless etc
Options to add: salt, liquid soap

Oven cleaner: Either make a paste of baking soda & water, baking soda & white vinegar or spray the oven with one of the above sprays then sprinkle baking soda over & allow to fizzle & sit.
Options to add: salt, natural liquid soap  (or Dawn), lemon juice.
After it has sat long enough you a scrub brush, wash cloth or sponge to clean it out, use fresh water if needed, after done use spray cleaner to spray & wipe out.

Stove top, burners, burner trays: Soak burners & trays in warm soapy water adding vinegar & baking soda to fizz off burn on food, use toothbrush or steel wool to scrub. then rinse. Spray stove top with one of the above cleaners, allow to sit then add a little baking soda or baking soda & salt to any stuck on food & scrub.

Stained counters: make a paste of baking soda & 3% peroxide, let sit for awhile, scrub & wipe off, you can also add lemon juice, salt or natural liquid soap to the paste.

Stainless steel cleaner #1 for sinks, faucets & appliances:
Put some coconut oil or olive oil on a dry wash cloth or clean sponge, in circular motions rub all over stainless steel appliances.on another washcloth add warmed white vinegar polish/buff with the grain until stainless steel is shiny.

Stainless steel cleaner #2 for sinks, faucets & appliances:

Make a paste with baking soda & water, or baking soda, lemon juice & peroxide. use a wash cloth rub paste onto stainless steel, clean well wipe off with clean dry washcloth, buffing into grain. use a washcloth with warm vinegar and polish/buff more if needed.

To clean inside fridge: use spray cleaner of choice from above, use baking soda in a paste as needed, have a bucket of warm vinegar water, use a sponge & clean.

Hand washing dish soap #1 (large amount)
1  gallon container with seal lid
1 bar of Zote soap
3 cups of washing soda (go here for DIY washing soda)
3 cups Borax
Water
Grate the zote & add to a pot with water over medium heat & stir until melted.fill the container half way with hot water, add the washing soda & Borax,stir until dissolved. now add the melted zote water & mix well. Fill the bucket to the top with HOT water, mix, cover & let sit overnight. Use 1 to 2 tbsp per sink of water, swishing around with hand.

Hand washing dish soap #2 (large)
Grate 2 cups of bar soap (Zote, Fels, castile, octagon, homemade etc)
add to 4 cups of  water in a pot over med heat, until all soap has melted but do not let boil,let cool & add 2 tbsp of lemon juice. mix & add to seal tight container. add 1 or 2 tbsp per sink of water, mix with hand.

Hand washing dish soap #3 (large)
1 cup grated natural bar soap
1 cup baking soda
1/4 cup washing soda (use the link above to make your own)
1/4 cup lemon juice
Bring 10 cups of water to a boil, reduce to medium low & slowly add grated soap, baking soda, washing soda, & lemon juice, simmer with lid on pot for 45 minutes to an hour (might need to turn heat lower so as to not burn), do not let boil & stir 4 or 5 times during cooking scraping bottom good, when done remove from heat & allow to cool, stirring several times during cooling. store in air tight container, use 1 to 2 tbsp per sink of water

Hand washing dish soap: (Made per sink load) 2 tbsp of baking soda & 1 tbsp of borax per sink, Optional to use 1 tsp. of a natural liquid soap, add white vinegar. Make a paste with baking soda & water to get greasy dishes clean.

For Dishes that should not ever be washed with soap, such as Pizza stones, other stoneware, ice cube trays etc: use a paste with baking soda & water to clean them & scrub clean, if needed add a bit of salt.

For greasy sink of dishes: add several tbsp of baking soda per sink of dishes, use baking soda & water paste to scrub any greasy/oily dishes, pots & pans etc.

To get rust spots or lime etc off silverware, pots or pans: use baking soda water paste & scrub, option of adding salt, or use kitchen soft scrub.

For cleaning & shining copper pots: spray straight lemon juice on copper, sprinkle salt on to cover, use a fresh-cut 1/2 of lemon with cut side to salt/copper, scrub, let sit if needed, then use baking soda lemon juice & salt paste if needed to scrub again. then rinse.

For plastic stains & odors (such as in Tupperware, rubber made)
make a baking soda & peroxide paste (or use Kitchen soft scrub) apply & scrub, allow to sit for a while or overnight for odors & bad stains.

Dishwasher soap #1:
1 cup Washing soda (see how to make your own above)
1 cup of Borax
1/2 Baking soda
1/2 cup of corn starch
1/4 cup salt, sea salt, epsom salt or kosher salt
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of this mixture to your dishwasher detergent compartment add only a couple drops of a natural liquid soap (or Castile soap or Dawn) if your dishwasher/water causes you to need it, make sure to not add to much liquid soap. add 1./4 cup lemon juice or white vinegar to the bottom & run as normal.

Dishwasher soap #2:
Just add 1 tbsp of each baking soda & borax per load

Go here to learn how to make: Homemade Dishwasher Detergent Cubes (DIY)

Dishwasher rinse aid to replace jet dry: Use white vinegar or lemon juice

To add boost to DIY dishwasher soap or to add sparkle in rinse cycle: 1 tbsp of orange tang, or one pack of lemon aide Kool-aide to bottom of washing machine &/or added to rinse cycles, helps get rid of spots.

Cleaning cycle for dishwasher: run with half a container of orange Tang & 1 cup of white vinegar

To clean dried on burn on egg off pans: Try adding salt while pan is still hot covering all stuck on egg, let sit till cool,then just use a plastic spatula to scrape off. if pot is already cool mist with spray cleaner & cover egg with salt, allow to sit & scrape off with plastic spatula, use baking soda & salt paste to get any remaining egg off.

To safely scrub teflon pans: use baking soda & water paste, option of adding salt.

To clean & freshen garbage disposal: add 1 lemon you just squeezed juice out of & some ice cubes & run, freeze lemon juice in ice-cube trays & add a couple and run, can add vinegar &/or baking soda in with either of these mixtures.

How to clean microwave #1
use glass microwave safe measuring cup (or other glass cup or bowl)
add straight white vinegar 3/4 full
heat 1 to 2 minutes & let it sit & steam the inside, do not open door, so steam can loosen stuck on food, then wipe clean. if needed use a spray cleaner & baking soda for tough jobs.

How to clean microwave #2
use glass microwave safe measuring cup (or other glass cup or bowl)
add water to almost 3/4 full, add 2 tbsp lemon juice
heat 1 to 2 minutes & let it sit & steam the inside, do not open door, so steam can loosen stuck on food, then wipe clean. if needed use a spray cleaner & baking soda for tough jobs.

To clean small appliances (outside)
make a paste of cream of tartar & water, clean with sponge, for tough jobs use kitchen soft scrub or a baking soda, borax & water paste.

To clean coffee pot (inside) to keep it working properly

#1
add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of white vinegar to carafe, add the rest of the way full with water
add to reservoir & run as normal, dump when done & run 1 to 2 brews with just water.

#2
add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of lemon to carafe, add the rest of the way full with water
add to reservoir & run as normal, dump when done & run 1 to 2 brews with just water.

#3
add 2 tbsp (or more) of baking soda carafe, add the rest of the way full with water & stir till dissolved
add to reservoir & run as normal, dump when done & run 1 brew with just water.

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

For Moping: add 1 to 2 cups of white vinegar to hot bucket of mop water & mop.

Fresh fruit & vegetable wash/soak: (go here for more DIY soaks, washes & sprays)
Use either white vinegar, Apple cider vinegar or Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar.
you can also add a few tbsp of salt after adding the fruits or veges then give them a shake, or a tbsp of baking soda, or a few tbsp of colloidal silver
If you do not want to use Vinegar use just baking soda, 1/2 cup dissolved in a sink of water
Or just salt, 1/4 to 1/2 cup dissolved in sink of water
Or just 1/4 cup of colloidal silver in sink of water
or 1/4 to 1/2 cup of peroxide in a sink of water
or 1/4 cup of lemon juice
You will also notice the fruits & veges do not spoil as fast & stay fresh & not moldy after doing this.
At the end of the bath, sometimes you can even see cloudy stuff in the water from the skins, chemicals and waxes, and dirt residue on the bottom. No need to rinse just pat dry & store
Kills germs, bacteria & fungus

To unclog sink/drain cleaner:
Pour in 1/2 cup to 1 cup baking soda, then pour in 1 cup of heated white vinegar, let fizz for about ten minutes & run hot water down it, for tough clogs add 1 teaspoon liquid castile soap (or Dawn)

Learn about using Borax to clean here, for DIY cleaning wipes go here

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

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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 #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
Comments:
Comment below & let me know what DIY laundry recipes you use, or about trying one of my DIY ideas.

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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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