Thursday, January 22, 2009

All Natural Formulas

Running out of your favorite household cleanser, laundry detergent, spot remover or insecticide means an unwarranted trip to the local grocer or hardware store—or does it? There are many products inside your cabinets that serve dual purposes if you know the secrets.

Citrus, baking soda, and vinegar are just a few of the hundreds of items whose uses are wide and varied. Years ago, before fancy labels and compelling ad campaigns, products such as these were the norm for dozens of uses and they performed just as well as our new and improved modern marvels of today. Keep in mind also, these old tried and true natural products are much less toxic and far more environmentally friendly. Using these natural products in and around your home will improve your indoor air quality rather than detract from it as so many chemical products will.

Some compelling reasons to get back to natural products include the safety of children and pets (no dangerous storage of “harmful if swallowed” products), they co-exist in our environment, they improve rather than detract from our indoor air quality, they contain no harmful vapors, and they save money. “New and improved” is not necessarily better!


Oil Stain Remover For Marble
Items Needed:
9-¾ Ounces of cereal flour
13-½ Ounces of hydrochloric acid (use with care)
4 Ounces of chloride of lime
2 Teaspoons of turpentine

As a safety precaution, gloves and a mask should be worn. Place all the items into a glass or porcelain container and mix into a paste. Apply the paste on the stains and let set for 6-8 hours. Remove the paste with a brush or piece of soft leather. Once the stain has been removed, polish the marble and enjoy. This formulation easily removes grease from marble.

Wood Floor General Cleaner
Items Needed:
2-¼ Cups of mineral oil
¾ Cups of oleic acid (from drug store)
2 Tablespoons of household ammonia (toxic)
5 Tablespoons of turpentine (toxic)
2 Quarts of cool tap water
Mix the mineral oil and oleic acid thoroughly in a container. Add the ammonia and turpentine and mix thoroughly. Add 1 cup of the mixture into the 2 quarts of water. Wet a sponge mop with the mixture and apply to floor. Rinsing is not necessary. Keep all cleaning products out of the reach of children.

Wax Remover (Non Toxic)
Items Needed:
5+ Cups of washing soda
Warm water as required

Mix the washing soda in a bucket with just enough water to create a loose paste. Apply the paste to the floor and allow mixture to dry. The wax should bubble up and flake off easily. Thoroughly rinse the floor until the wax and washing soda mixture is removed. The longer the washing soda is left on and moist, the more wax will be removed.

Wax Remover #2
Items Needed:
2 Cups of household ammonia
½ Cup of washing soda
4 Quarts of warm tap water

Wear rubber gloves as a precaution. Mix all the items thoroughly in a bucket. Apply the solution using a sponge mop, making sure to put a fair amount of the solution on the floor and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. Scrub the floor as you would normally and the old wax should be loosened and easily removed.

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