"Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which all loveliness arises." -Pedro Calderon de la Barca.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Naturally Clean

I like to post on this, but usually do it from my cooking blog so I thought you could indulge me...

Great Recipes for Keeping it Clean and Green:

Rub-a-Dub Tub Scrub 
(or "Because I have 3 men in my tub scrub"?)

  1. In a mixing bowl pour about equal amounts of baking soda and Borax.  (What I do is take 2 jars, fill one almost full of Borax and the other almost full of baking soda.  Then I pour them both into a bowl.)
  2. Pour in some True Lemon powder (you can use True Orange or Lime also, or citric acid if you can get it) just enough to scent the mix, about 2-4 Tablespoons more or less.
  3. Mix and put back in your jars!
To use:  Wet bathtub or sink.  Sprinkle tub scrub in tub.  Watch the fun!  It bubbles when it gets wet!
Scrub and watch the sparkles!  This smells yummy too.

Laundry Detergent

1 cup Washing Soda (you can get this at most grocery stores now)
1/2 cup Borax
7-10 drops of tea tree oil (disinfectant and antibacterial)
*You can add other essential oil drops if you want a scent but I don't
1/4 cup or so of Dr. Bronner's Baby Castile liquid soap
4 quarts hot water (first) then added about 8 more quarts

Mix it in a bowl with a whisk because the washing soda (soda ash) gets hot when it gets wet. (Luckily I knew this from my pool or I'd have probably burned my hands trying to get the clumps out.) Let sit for about 20 minutes to cool off, then put in containers.  I use old detergent bottles and glass bottles.
Very inexpensive and effective!

Natural Deodorant

1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup baking soda
*If you have sensitive skin (like me) use more cornstarch and less soda to still equal 1/2 c total.
10 drops essential oil (I like tea tree or bergamot)

Mix it all together(takes about 2 seconds)
You can use it just like that- dust it on as a powder
OR if you want to put it in a stick form you add
2-3 tbs coconut oil (I use more and a little water because it's been dry here and seems to crumble if I don't.) you find it in the baking aisle by the shortening (also good as a skin cream and lip balm)
Once you have it all mixed up you pack it into an old, empty stick deoderant container.  You will have to add and pack and keep this up until you get to the top.  I like to use a small baby spoon to help pack it down tightly.
Let "cure" about 24 hours for it to hold together properly when you apply it.

This really works well, especially with the tea tree oil/bergamot mixture.  Haven't tried the powder form. Makes about 2 sticks in a normal ladies' sized container.


katandkarl said...

ok super interested in the tub scrub.... might be trying that one out SOON.

Marywin said...

Love this! Stopping by from SITS

Kathy said...

I like the tub scrub too. I think I'll give it a go.

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

Hmmm...sometimes I wish I had three men in my tub. ;)

I like the ideas here. I've always wanted to try some of this kind of stuff but I haven't yet. I'll have to bookmark this page and give it a shot!

Unknown Mami said...

I will have to give the deodorant a try.

Thank you so much for your kind support.

misssrobin said...

Can't wait to try the tub scrub!

My Froley said...

I love people sharing their green cleaning tips ! I live by bicarbonate of soda !

Anna Hettick said...

Awesome!! I make most of my own cleaners too but I've never attempted laundry detergent or deodorant. Might have to try those. =)

Visiting from SITS!! =)

Anna Hettick said...

Visiting from sits!!

I also make most of my own cleaning products. I haven't ever attempted to make my own laundry detergent or deodorant though. Might have to try that! =)

Tara Lotufo said...

My son has such sensitive skin...harsh chemicles make him itchy. Thanks for the tips!

Laura Wells said...

Such helpful recipes. Thank you so much I will be pinning some of them.

Karen said...

Thanks for the great info and tips. Found you on SITS

Anonymous said...

Visiting from SITS. Looking forward to using some of these recipes. Would write a longer comment but my 11 month old is trying to help me type! Enjoy you day!

Morgan said...

The deodorant intrigues me ... I'll have to mark this to try! Thanks for the inspiration!

Enjoy your SITS day!

Sheila Skillingstead said...

Visiting from SITS. I have a tub I need to scrub and am going to try your mixture. Thanks. Enjoy your day.

Rebecca Rider said...

This is terrific!! I want to be green, but don't know much about what to buy - I will definitely be trying these out! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm visiting from SITS again. The tub scrub looks easy enough. Thanks for sharing that one. I think more people would use natural, safer cleaning if the mixtures were easy like this. Thanks again!

Laura Gustafson said...

Wow! Very interesting! Thanks for sharing the recipes :-D

Andrea said...

Hello from St. Louie! Happy SITS Day to you! I love these ideas. I have asthma and often the cleaning supplies available in the stores cause me to have difficulty breathing and are toxic to use. I'll be back from more. Thanks.

jamie said...

Happy SITS Day! I love anything DIY ;P

Lyza May said...

Nice tips! I scrubbed my tub the other day with some dish soap (7th generation) and baking soda and then scrubbed it with a dish towel. I'll like to try a deodorant, have you tried it with beeswax? Visiting from SITS.


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