Monday, March 26, 2012

detox your floors

Snooki is pregnant.

The crazy, over-the-top, partying Snooki, whom we all know and love from Jersey Shore, is bringing a baby into this world. I'll reserve judgment for now.

What I can give her is this: apparently she has (at least for the moment) turned her life in the opposite direction. No drinking, no partying. Less toxicity.

And so I hate to say it but...maybe we should follow Snooki's lead.

Before you rush out to buy furry slippers and a spray tan, take a look at the recipe below. You can reduce some of the toxicity in your life by transitioning your cleaning supplies to homemade alternatives. So the next time you need floor cleaner, you can opt for this non-toxic version instead of the bottle that's loaded with chemicals.


Hold on to an old bottle, and refill with this recipe.

Non-Toxic Floor Cleaner

Ingredients:
3 cups white vinegar
3/4 cup borax
25 drops tea tree essential oil
25 drops lime essential oil

Bring the vinegar to a boil in a tea kettle. Pour over the borax in a large bowl and stir until dissolved. Allow to cool until just warm and pour into your container. Add the essential oils and shake with the lid on. Use 1/4 cup in a gallon or two of water to clean floors.

All of the ingredients in this cleaner will help disinfect a surface. The borax and vinegar are a fantastic combination for removing grime. Tea tree can have a strange smell. The lime does a great job of masking it, but if it really gets on your nerves, you can omit.

Over time, the borax might crystallize slightly, giving the cleaner a look that's not exactly...clean looking. But no worries...it will still clean, disinfect, and smell wonderful.

13 comments:

  1. Great DIY and sounds simple enough!

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  2. I love this tip Clair! Keep em coming. I only use natural cleaners in my house and many of them I make myself. What's better than the scent of lemon in the air?

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  3. Great recipe. I have never been able to find Borax though. Need to keep looking.
    xo

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    1. I finally found some, but before I did, I ordered it from Alice.com!

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    2. you should be able to find it at Wal-mart and your local food stores

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  4. I think about this all the time. And never do anything. I know I need to work in some less harsh cleaners......and keep telling myself I'll do it one day when I have kids;) I suppose I should follow your lead and just do it;)

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  5. It's pretty terrifying when you really stop and think about all of the chemicals that you surround yourself with, especially shampoos & soaps that are sitting on your skin. Eeek! Thanks for sharing this "recipe"...I think I might have to try it!

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  6. I feel a little bit sadder every time I remember Snooks is preggo. That poor child.

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  7. VINEGAR IS THE BOMBDOTCOM. seriously. the only "toxic" household cleaners i use are for my bathroom. but, well, let's be frank, toxic waste is deposited in the bathroom (in the toilet, to be specific), so i feel fine using a few chemicals in there.

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  8. I non-toxic floor cleaner has been on my to do list for months! Do you make this each time you need to wash floors? Or can you make a bunch and bottle it?

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    1. You could easily do it every time. In that case, I'd only use 1/4 to 1/2 cup of vinegar and less of the other stuff as well. And you wouldn't need to worry about boiling the vinegar. You could just mix it all in hot water.

      I bottle it though, so I don't have to think about it. =)

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  9. Is this safe on hardwood floors?

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    1. You know, I'm not sure. I've only used it on tile. If I were going to clean our wood floors (ha!), I'd try one of these recipes:

      http://www.purenaturaldiva.com/2010/03/hardwood-floor-cleaner-eco-friendly-recipes/

      Do let me know if you have success...good luck!

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Thanks for making me smile. =)