Natural Homemade Bleach Alternative

Natural Homemade Bleach Alternative
12 cups water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup hydrogen peroxide

Directions

Mix the ingredients together.
You can use it as a  household cleaner or you can add 2 cups per wash load.

Regular bleach is one of the most toxic deadly chemicals around. Unfortunately, bleach has been used around the house as a cleaning agent for years now. The fumes from bleach can affect the nervous system,  immune system, respiratory system, cancer, asthma, autism, ADD, and allergies. And for the most part conventional bleach is not that effective because it has to dry on the surface you’re trying to disinfect in order to kill all the bacteria.

Chlorine Bleach is a strong corrosive material.  It will irritate the eyes, skin and the respiratory tract by just inhaling the gasses.   When this happens a poisonous gas is released that can cause bloody noses, neurological disorders, headaches and even death. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found dioxin (a toxic byproduct of chlorine) to be 300,000 times more potent as a carcinogen than DDT.

When bleach is mixed with ammonia, toxic gases called chloramines are produced. Exposure to chloramine gases can cause the following symptoms:

Coughing.
Nausea.
Irritation to the throat, nose, and eyes.
Pneumonia
Shortness of breath.
Watery eyes.
Chest pain.
Did you know that mixing chlorine with dish soap produces mustard gas, the same gas used to kill many people during World War I?  Bleach is dangerous. It is as simple as that.

Why This Natural Bleach Alternative Works

The citric acid in lemons acts as a natural  bleach, stain remover, and sanitizer. Hydrogen peroxide is also a great  disinfectant because it rapidly breaks down in the environment to plain oxygen and water.

Natural Homemade Bleach Alternative
12 cups water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup hydrogen peroxide

Directions

Mix the ingredients together.
You can use it as a  household cleaner or you can add 2 cups per wash load.

Homemade Windshield Washer Fluid

1 empty (clean) gallon jug
1 gallon water
1 tablespoon dish soap (use whatever you have on hand. I used Dawn)
1/2 cup non-sudsing ammonia  (Note: You can substitute vinegar for ammonia if you prefer)
A few drops of blue food coloring (this is optional but I think it’s a good idea because it serves as a reminder/warning of the contents)
Fill an empty gallon container with water. (This is a good way to repurpose 1 gallon plastic vinegar jugs, which I seem to go through a lot of!)

Add, dish soap, ammonia, and food coloring (optional). Recap the bottle and gently tip upside down a few times to mix ingredients. Pour into the windshield wiper fluid reservoir of your car.

Removing spots from carpet

Solutions:
Synthetic-Carpet Cleaners

Dip a white cloth into these solutions and apply to the stain. Never pour the solutions directly onto carpeting.

Detergent solution: Mix 1/4 teaspoon of a translucent liquid dishwashing detergent, such as Dawn or Joy, into one cup of lukewarm water.
Vinegar solution: Mix one cup of white vinegar with two cups of water.
Solvent solution: Use an oil solvent. Or substitute nail-polish remover, such as Cutex Quick & Gentle non-acetone polish remover.

Wine, ketchup, chocolate, coffee, tea, beer, milk, tomato sauce, berries, hard candy, juice, soda, Gatorade, Kool-Aid
1. Dip a white cloth (or a white paper towel with no printing) into the detergent solution and dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds. Wait 15 minutes (it takes time to break down the stain), then soak up the excess liquid with a dry white cloth.
2. Dip a cloth into the vinegar solution and dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds. Wait another 15 minutes. (This is an important step, because white vinegar removes residual detergent, which will attract dirt if left in the carpet.)
3. Rinse by blotting with a cloth soaked in lukewarm water. Wait one hour or until the carpet dries completely. For bad spills, place a 1/2-inch-thick stack of white paper towels over the stain after step 2, then lay a glass baking dish on top for 15 minutes.
4. As long as you see the stain lightening, repeat these steps until it is gone.

Butter, salad dressing, cheese, eggnog, cooking oil, tree sap, crayon, lotion, mascara, lipstick, nail polish
1. Apply a small amount of solvent to a white cloth. Dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds. 2. Rinse by blotting with a white cloth soaked in lukewarm water.
3. Wait one hour or until the carpet completely dries. If the stain is getting lighter, repeat until the stain is removed.

Dirt, mud
1. Vacuum any dry dirt to remove as much as possible.
2. Dip a white cloth into detergent solution and dab repeatedly, then press the cloth on the spot for a few seconds. Wait 15 minutes, then soak up the excess liquid with a dry white cloth.
3. Dip another dry white cloth in lukewarm water and dab repeatedly, then press it on the spot for a few seconds.

Chewing gum, wax
1. Gently rub the spot with a Ziploc bag filled with ice cubes until the stain hardens. Shatter it with a blunt object, such as a spatula, and vacuum up the chips.
2. Apply a small amount of solvent with a white cloth, then blot.
3. Rinse by blotting with a cloth soaked in lukewarm water.

Clear drain clogs

Drain Clogs
Washing soda is great for keeping drains stay clear because while it is alkaline it isn’t as caustic as the commonly used lye-based commercial products. Use washing soda on your drains once a week to keep them clear by pouring 1/4 cup down the drain, and then flushing with water.
If you already have a clog, try pouring 1 cup of washing soda down the drain followed by three cups of boiling water. Repeat two or three times.

For other washing soda uses …
http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2015/03/39-handy-household-uses-washing-soda.html?utm_source=getresponse&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=onegoodthing&utm_content=%5B%5Brssitem_title%5D%5D

Natural Laundry Soap Recipe

Grate the bar soap or mix in food processor until finely ground. Use the soap of your choice. I personally use Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Bar Soap because of its exceptional quality, and because it is available in several different natural scents like lavender, tea tree, peppermint, almond and others.
In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Borax and 1 part grated soap. (Add a few teaspoons of baking soda if desired).
Store in closed container. I keep mine in quart or half gallon mason jars. If you are using a big enough container, you can skip step 2 and just put all ingredients in storage container or jar and shake.
Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load of laundry.

Jillee’s MAKE YOUR OWN GREASE-CUTTING FLOOR CLEANER!

Here is the recipe:

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap (I use Dawn and it’s pretty concentrated/sudsy….so I cut this back to 1 TEASPOON)
  • 1/4 cup washing soda
  • 2 gallons very warm tap water (I think I added closer to 3 gallons to my bucket. I like to give the floor a pretty good soaking!)

 

DIY Grease Cutting Floor Cleaner

Directions:

1. Place all the ingredients into a bucket and mix well until sudsy.

2. Mop the area with the solution.

3. Not recommended for waxed floors.

When I first started mopping I was a bit concerned about the suds because typically I justSTEAM my floors. But the more area I mopped and watched it dry, the less worried I was. The floor didn’t have any feel or look of soap residue at all. It just looked and felt CLEAN! And grease-free!

Here is what the floor looked like after it’s inaugural cleaning. I’m a very happy homemaker/homeowner today. 🙂

DIY Grease Cutting Floor Cleaner