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  1. #1
    mom2jc
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    Default Quick and Inexpensive Gift for your Green Friends and Family



    Just thought I'd share...



    My SIL asked for some environmentally safe cleaners for Christmas.

    They cost about $15 for a 16 oz bottle plus shipping! Yikes!



    Instead, I purchased her the book Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen

    Logan. The book includes all kinds of safe, effective and cheap

    recipes for cleaning along with a comparison with what store-bought

    product they'd replace (e.g. Spray-N-Wash with the homemade). Most of

    the recipes include vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, and liquid

    soap.



    I then purchased one of those large cleaning carry caddies and various

    sized spray bottles, mostly 32-oz. I labeled each bottle with a

    homemade version and ingredients included, mixed up the cleaners, and

    filled the bottles. Two different essential oils (peppermint and tea

    tree) were included along with sponges and dusting wipes from the

    dollar store. All in all, I provided 6 different cleaners and the

    tools to replenish her supply.



    I probably spent about $50 overall, but you could scale this down to

    keep within your budget. The book costs around $10. You can get

    spray bottles at the dollar store. Baking soda and vinegar are

    inexpensive. Mix up one cleaner and include it with the book and some

    sponges in a gift basket and you'll make your green friends and family

    happy for less than $15!



    Heidi








  2. #2
    Kelly
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    Default Quick and Inexpensive Gift for your Green Friends and Family

    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "mom2jc" <mom2jc@...> wrote:

    >

    >

    > Just thought I'd share...

    >

    > My SIL asked for some environmentally safe cleaners for Christmas.

    > They cost about $15 for a 16 oz bottle plus shipping! Yikes!

    >

    > Instead, I purchased her the book Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen

    > Logan. The book includes all kinds of safe, effective and cheap

    > recipes for cleaning along with a comparison with what store-bought

    > product they'd replace (e.g. Spray-N-Wash with the homemade). Most

    of

    > the recipes include vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, and liquid

    > soap.

    >

    > I then purchased one of those large cleaning carry caddies and

    various

    > sized spray bottles, mostly 32-oz. I labeled each bottle with a

    > homemade version and ingredients included, mixed up the cleaners,

    and

    > filled the bottles. Two different essential oils (peppermint and

    tea

    > tree) were included along with sponges and dusting wipes from the

    > dollar store. All in all, I provided 6 different cleaners and the

    > tools to replenish her supply.

    >

    > I probably spent about $50 overall, but you could scale this down to

    > keep within your budget. The book costs around $10. You can get

    > spray bottles at the dollar store. Baking soda and vinegar are

    > inexpensive. Mix up one cleaner and include it with the book and

    some

    > sponges in a gift basket and you'll make your green friends and

    family

    > happy for less than $15!

    >

    > Heidi

    >

    All-Purpose Cleaner recipe

    Water

    Ivory Liquid dish soap



    Fill a 32 ounce spray bottle nearly full with water. Add a squirt or

    two of Ivory Liquid Dish soap. Put the sprayer back on and gently

    shake the bottle until the soap has been evenly distributed.



    Use Ivory because most other dish soaps leave behind a filmy residue.

    Ivory is especially safe for Corion, marble and wood counter tops and

    butcher blocks. It's also safe to use on brass or gold plated faucets.



    All-Purpose Quick Shine recipe

    1 1/4 cups white vinegar

    1 1/4 cups water

    1 spray bottle



    Pour vinegar and water into the spray bottle. Shake gently to combine.



    To use, spray on and wipe off. This is mild and safe to use for all

    surfaces.



    Anti-Static Spray recipe

    1/4 cup commercial liquid fabric softener

    1/4 cup ammonia

    2 cups water



    Mix ingredients and store in a spray bottle. Spray liberally on the

    rug, your shoes, chair, desktop, or file cabinet, but do not spray

    directly onto your computer system.



    Battery Terminal Acid Buildup Cleaner recipe

    1/4 cup baking soda

    A little water



    Mix, then apply to the battery terminals. Let stand for a few

    minutes, then wipe the encrustation away.



    Bathtub Cleaner (for badly stained tub) recipe

    Peroxide

    Cream of tartar



    Make a paste of peroxide and cream of tartar. Scrub vigorously with a

    small brush. Rinse thoroughly. If the stains persist, spread the

    mixture over the stains and apply a drop or two of household ammonia.

    Allow to set for two hours before scrubbing.



    Bleach (hydrogen peroxide) recipe

    This is very gentle. It is good for even washable white silk.



    1 part hydrogen peroxide

    8 parts water



    Mix in a dishpan or sink a sufficient amount to cover the garment to

    be bleached. Immerse garment for 5 to 30 minutes to remove stains or

    lighten garment. Rinse garment in clear water and discard bleach mix.



    Blue Window Cleaner recipe

    3 tablespoons ammonia

    3/4 cup water

    1 tablespoon white vinegar

    2 drops blue food coloring



    Put into a clean spray bottle.



    Christmas Snow recipe

    1/3 cup liquid starch

    1 cup soap flakes or detergent granules

    1 to 2 tablespoons water

    Blue food coloring



    Mix liquid starch into the soap flakes. Add the water and beat with a

    rotary beater until the mixture has the consistency of marshmallow

    fluff or thick meringue.



    Beat in the blue food coloring drop by drop to achieve a white, icy

    effect. Using a clean paintbrush, dab the snow onto the tops of your

    green branches in various artistic patterns.



    You can also sprinkle sequins, glitter or confetti over the Christmas

    Snow.



    CAUTION: Make certain that children realize the snow is made of soap

    and should not be handled or played with.



    Clogged Drain Remedy recipe

    1 cup salt

    1 cup baking soda

    1 cup vinegar



    Mix, then pour down the drain. Follow with 2 quarts boiling water.



    Colored Flame Fire Logs recipe

    CAUTION: DO OUTSIDE! DO NOT MIX CHEMICALS TOGETHER! USE SEPARATELY!

    KEEP LOGS OUT OF REACH OF PETS AND CHILDREN!



    Paint logs with shellac. While still wet, sprinkle generously with:



    Copper nitrate (for a green flame)

    Table salt (for a yellow flame)

    Potassium chloride (for a violet or blue flame)



    Shake off excess chemicals and let logs dry before using.



    Dishwasher Soap recipe

    Dishwasher soap is easy to make and cost effective.



    1 part borax

    1 part baking soda



    Mix thoroughly, and store in an airtight container.



    To use: Add 2 tablespoons per load. Increase proportion of soda for

    hard water. Use vinegar in the rinse cycle.



    Driveway Cleaner recipe

    Paint thinner

    Cat litter



    Pour paint thinner from the can onto driveway spots. Saturate the

    spots and an area about 12 inches beyond them. Spread a thick layer

    of NEW cat litter over the entire treated area so that none of the

    driveway surface is visible. Let the cat litter stand about one hour

    to absorb the greasy stains. Use a stiff-bristle push broom to sweep

    up the soiled cat litter. You may need to repeat the process.



    Septic Tank Treatment recipe

    This is an effective cleaner for your septic tank, and it will not

    harm the system.



    2 cups brown sugar

    5 cups warm water

    1 tablespoon baker's yeast



    Stir sugar and yeast into the warm water until dissolved. Pour the

    solution into the toilet and flush. Wait 30 minutes before flushing

    again to allow the yeast time to work.



    Spackle recipe

    Baking soda

    "Elmer's" Glue



    Mix to the proper consistency.



    Windshield Wiper Spray recipe

    Water

    1/4 cup vinegar



    Put vinegar in dispenser first, then fill with water.



    I hope this helps you out.



    Kelly in IL








  3. #3
    Herlean
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    Default Quick and Inexpensive Gift for your Green Friends and Family

    That sounds like a great idea. I clean with vinegar, baking soda and steam a lot. No oils added though. Might help it smell a bit better. Herlean

    mom2jc <mom2jc@yahoo.com> wrote:
    Just thought I'd share...

    My SIL asked for some environmentally safe cleaners for Christmas.
    They cost about $15 for a 16 oz bottle plus shipping! Yikes!

    Instead, I purchased her the book Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen
    Logan. The book includes all kinds of safe, effective and cheap
    recipes for cleaning along with a comparison with what store-bought
    product they'd replace (e.g. Spray-N-Wash with the homemade). Most of
    the recipes include vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, and liquid
    soap.

    I then purchased one of those large cleaning carry caddies and
    various
    sized spray bottles, mostly 32-oz. I labeled each bottle with a
    homemade version and ingredients included, mixed up the cleaners, and
    filled the bottles. Two different essential oils (peppermint and tea
    tree) were included along with sponges and dusting wipes from the
    dollar store. All in all, I provided 6 different cleaners and the
    tools to replenish her supply.

    I probably spent about $50 overall, but you could scale this down to
    keep within your budget. The book costs around $10. You can get
    spray bottles at the dollar store. Baking soda and vinegar are
    inexpensive. Mix up one cleaner and include it with the book and some
    sponges in a gift basket and you'll make your green friends and family
    happy for less than $15!

    Heidi



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