Clean your home

Here are the recipes for simple green cleaners I use around my home. There are sections for kitchen, laundry etc., and a general purpose cleaning section at the bottom.

By the way, did you know that you can’t copyright recipes? It’s true. All recipes can be freely copied and shared by law.

So feel free to copy, share and use these! Better yet, if you have a favourite recipe you’d like to share, please share your knowledge in the comments section below.

Cheers,

Lee.

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Kitchen

Cast iron skillets

A cast iron skillet will outlast any non-stick pan by decades. They’re affordable, and a great investment. Mine don’t even need oil for most cooking these days and, when they do, a quick spray is enough.

To clean thoroughly: Mix together sea salt and oil in a small sealed container until the salt is saturated (I use leftover oil from olives).
Scrub the skillet with a metal scourer and the salt / oil mix until all debris is gone.
Rinse, then heat on high heat for three minutes until dry.

Rinse aid

Plain white vinegar. Fill the rinse aid dispenser in your dishwasher. You’re done! Works brilliantly.

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Bathroom

Toilet cleaner

A good shake of bicarb soda around the bowl, then douse with white vinegar. It will fizz up.
Leave for 5 minutes then scrub.
Finish with a few drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil around the rim to add as a mild disinfectant.

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Laundry

Fabric softener

Use half a cup of white vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser of your machine.

Keeping colours bright in the wash

Add a teaspoon of black pepper to the wash. Yes, really!

Washing machine liquid (clothes washing)

  • 2 cups of grated soap or soap flakes (approx. 1/2 – 1 bar depending on the size of the soap you use)
  • 1 cup of washing soda
  • 1 1/2 litres of water
  • Extra tap water to make up 10 litres

In a large saucepan, stir soap, washing soda and water over medium heat until the soap has dissolved.
Pour the mixture into a large bucket and add 8 litres of cold water, stirring. Let cool.
Using a funnel, pour liquid into clean, empty bottles. Label and store in a cool, dry area out of sunlight.
Shake before use.

1/4 – 1/2 cup for a wash, depending on load size.

Wrinkle releaser (for ironing)

  • 2 cups water (distilled is best, but I use tap water)
  • 2/3 cup liquid fabric softener
  • A few drops of rubbing alcohol

Pour in spray bottle (I use my old Downy bottle) and shake well!
Test on inconspicuous area of clothing before spraying entire garment.

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Garden and outdoors

Weed Killer

  • 1 litre of vinegar
  • 1 dessertspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon dishwashing liquid

Kills weeds and grass in less than two hours. Safe for kids and pets.

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General purpose cleaning

Chrome cleaner – for taps, shower outlets etc.

Mix one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of water. Rub with a soft rag to clean.

Floor cleaner

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 4 litres of water.
  • Few drops eucalyptus, peppermint or tea tree oil.

Scrubbing paste for stainless steel sinks, taps etc.

Mix together bicarb soda and water into a paste. Scrub. Will leave a brilliant shine.

General purpose “Spray and wipe”

  • 2 litres hot tap water
  • 1 tablespoon cloudy ammonia
  • 3 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon bicarb soda
  • 1 tablespoon dishwashing liquid
  • 2-3 drops of essential oil (Eucalyptus or Tea Tree Oil)

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Stir to dissolve bicarb. It will fizz up a bit – this is normal.
Decant into spray bottles for storage.

Use in place of commercial spray and wipe. Will keep indefinitely.

Sticky label remover / goo remover

Peanut butter works a treat to remove sticky label residues from glass jars and similar. Use with steel wool when the surface is very hard and won’t scratch, otherwise with a plastic scourer.

Window / glass cleaner

  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 cups water

Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake well, and use as you would a commercial brand.

Happy cleaning!

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