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Eco-Friendly House Cleaner

May 2, 2009

Posted by Rachel

Right now I am reading “The World Without Us,” by Alan Weisman. It is, ostensibly, a thought experiment embodied in a series of essays that explores what the world would be like without humans. Moral judgment aside, this is my summary of the book: the world would be much, much better without us. Reading about how humans have killed everything that we have ever loved including all the forests and elephants, in addition to creating a trash heap the size of Africa in the middle of the Pacific Ocean (appropriately dubbed the Great Pacific Garbage Patch), I am ashamed of my species. I want to crawl into a cave and die.

In the meantime, a friend just sent me a great recipe for eco-friendly house cleaners:

Here is a cleaner recipe
Completely non toxic and disinfecting
Cuts grease, germs and grime and saves her money too! says you can use
this spray on just about everything, including refrigerators, countertops, walls, doorknobs, toilet seats and sinks.

32-ounce plastic spray bottle
2 cups water
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 teaspoon pure castile soap (peppermint is a favorite)
3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
20 drops tea tree oil
20 drops of lavender or lemongrass essential oil

Simply fill a large 32-ounce plastic spray bottle with the water. Add
the vinegar, castile soap, hydrogen peroxide, tea tree oil and
lavender or lemongrass essential oil. Lavender is lovely for the
bathroom spray and lemongrass for the kitchen, so make two separate
bottles at the same time. In the hot summer months, add about 10 drops
of citronella essential oil to the spray, as it is an excellent insect

This spray is suitable for acrylic, ceramic tile, wood, marble and granite.

Streak Free Window Cleaner
3 Tbsp. vinegar
1/3 tsp. pure liquid vegetable soap (like castile soap)
2 cups water

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 3, 2009 11:58 pm

    Hi, interesting post. I have been pondering this topic,so thanks for sharing. I’ll certainly be subscribing to your blog.

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