08 April, 2010

Bloody April Give-a-Way and Natural Cleaning Products

If you haven't checked out Bloody April at the Wizardess Epi's page Go Out Beneath the Naked Night, you should.  Her give-a-way this month are re-usable menstrual pads.  As a Green Witch, I'm always looking for things to help lower my carbon footprint.  Honestly, I had no idea that re-usable pad existed.  I'm really excited about the Wizardess's give-a-way and I plan on making a purchase from Crea8tive Mama's Etsy Shop.

The Domestic Witch's Spring Cleaning continues this week with kitchen cleaning tips.  Her kitchen blessing is excellent and is worth bookmarking for your own use.  I've also spoken about doing away with harsh, unatural cleaners from my house, well, my mother's house.  Mainstream cleaning products are full of chemicals that are dangerous to you, your pets, your family and even more importantly, the Earth.  However, many alternative, plant based cleaners (which are great) are very expensive and for many people, money is something that is hard to come by right now.  Making your own green cleaning products is cheap, sometimes cheaper than those chemically products, and a great way to bring yourself in balance with Nature.  What could be more pagan?!

Here's a few easy cleaning recipies:

Surface Cleaner - counter tops, tile, ranges, etc.

You Will Need:
  • a spray bottle
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
    1. Combine vinegar and water into the spray bottle.
    2. Use on any surface in your home.  The vinegar smell will dissipate when the vinegar drys. 
    3. For really stained/dirty surfaces, heat up the solution in the microwave or on the stove. 
Toilet Cleaner, Shower Head Cleaner or Laundry Rinse 

You Will Need:
  • undiluted white vinegar.  
    1. For the toilet bowl: dump a bucket of water into the toilet to force water out of the bowl and allow access to the sides. Pour undiluted white vinegar around the bowl and scrub with a toilet brush to remove stains and odor. Use a pumice stone to remove any remaining hard water rings.
    2. For Shower Heads:  Place 1/4 to 1/2 cup vinegar in a plastic food storage bag, and secure the bag to the shower head with a rubber band. Let stand for 2 hours to overnight, then rinse and buff the fixture to a shiny finish.    
    3. For Laundry: Add one cup of undiluted white vinegar to the laundry rinse cycle instead of commercial fabric softener. White vinegar softens clothes and cuts detergent residue.
Bathtub Scrub

You Will Need:
  • Baking Soda
  • Sponge
    1.  Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge to scrub away rings in your bathtub, shower or sink.
    2. For bad stains, make a paste with the baking soda and water, apply and let stand for 20 minutes.  Then, rinse with hot water.
Smelly Garbage Disposals 

You Will Need:
  • Baking Soda
  • Lemon, Orange or Lime peels (optional)
  • White Vinegar
    1. Pour about 1 cup of baking soda down your garbage disposal.  
    2. Then, pour about a cup of vinegar down the disposal for the chemical reaction.
    3. Put the citrus peels in the disposal and operate the disposal.  This will leave a nice odor in your drain.

Homemade Glass Cleaner

You Will Need: 
  • A spray bottle
  • 1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol 
  • 1 cup water 
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • Mix all of the above together and clean away!

Furniture Polish

You Will Need:
  • A spray bottle
  • 1 cup olive oil 
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice 
Mix together and shake well and apply a small amount to a flannel cleaning rag or cleaning cloth. Spread evenly over furniture surface. Turn cloth to a dry side and polish dry.

1 comments:

Wendy said...

Actually I used to use the recyclable moon pads and think I'm going to start again. What I used to do was soak the pads in water, keep the water, wash the pads, etc...Either every day or every other, I would pour the water on my flowers, as a friend said, that our blood has so much nutrients. And wow, did my roses grow! lol...Isn't it silly how many people get squeamish about natural functions?

I think your interpretation of Ophelia is wonderful too. It's like a piece of art or a song, it's up to each person to interpret what it means to them. I agree with you though that she was addressing each person. I was aiming more for the traditional use of herbs/flowers as gardening was our theme this week.

I'm heading on over to "Out beneath the naked night" now, whooo hooo! ; )

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