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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

clean and sparkly with Thrifty Thursday

these cleaning gloves from JulieMeyer just make me want to clean! would also make a cute hostess gift...
Keep that kitchen clean and sparkly with these tips. Hint: you might save enough money for some new pretty tea towels and a pretty kitchen rug.

Baking Soda: Baking soda makes a great scrubbing cleanser. Baking soda is a mild abrasive and absorbs odor. Simply sprinkle (a pretty glass container with a perforated top makes it nice!) and scrub with a cloth or scrubbing pad.

Distilled White Vinegar: Mix with water and soap to make a great surface spray recipe below. Buy it in the largest container available to save packaging and money!

A Good Concentrated Dish Soap: I like 7th Generation Lavender Eucalyptus or CalBen Pure Soap DishGlow. They both smell wonderful, contain no petroleum based detergents or synthetic fragrances and can be used in conjunction around the house for a host of cleaning efforts.

This is a great all purpose cleaner, great from washing sinks and showers to floors.
Vinegar helps prevent mildew and mineral buildup if you have hard water.

My favorite all-purpose cleanser:
1/4 c. liquid soap or detergent
1/2 c. white distilled vinegar
2 gal. water

mix together in pail. and rinse well.



JulieMeyer said...

Add a few drops of essential or fragrance oil to your vinegar spray. I've been making my own kitchen vinegar spray for a few years and it works really well.

Barbara Bechtel said...

i love adding lavender to mine! lavender is a great natural antiseptic! ...and i'm just in love with the smell too!