Turmoil Thursday

Posted Thursday, September 9, 2010 by Kally83
Today's random topic is natural cleaning.

For me, part of being a witch means trying every day to live a greener life. We need to start showing Mother Earth the respect we’ve been lacking. Also, as a homemaker with small children, I want to know that the cleaning products I’m using are safe for my family. Green America Today has lots of great information. I copied the following information into my Book of Shadows along with the link to some great recipes for making your own cleaning products.

The Basic 10

White Vinegar – an antifungal that also kills germs and bacteria

Baking Soda – eliminates odours and works as a gentle scouring powder

Borax – borax, the common name for the natural mineral compound sodium borate, eliminates odours, removes dirt and acts as an antifungal and possible disinfectant. Use with care around children and pets, as it can be toxic if swallowed

Hydrogen Peroxide (3% concentration) – a great non-toxic bleach and stain remover, as well as a proven disinfectant

Club Soda (Fresh) – a stain remover and polisher

Lemon Juice – a pleasant smelling non-toxic bleach, grease-cutter and stain remover

Liquid Castile Soap – an all-purpose cleaner, grease-cutter and disinfectant. “Castile” means the soap is vegetable-based, not animal fat-based

Corn Meal – great at picking up carpet spills

Olive Oil – makes a wonderful furniture polish

Pure Essential Oils – adding all-natural, organic essential oils to your cleaning concoctions can add wonderful scents to your housekeeping endeavours. Some – such as lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and tea tree oils – also may have antibacterial, antifungal, or insect-repelling properties.

Go here to read the rest of this article and get the cleaning recipes!!

If I may be so bold, I’d also add The Sun to this list as a stain remover. Nothing beats putting your freshly washed clothes outside for a few hours. Not only will the sun remove stains and disinfect your clothing, you’re saving energy by not using your dryer!! (Being in Canada, I know putting your clothing out in the winter just doesn’t work, however if you have stains, put those items out anyway and then put them in the dryer once the stain is gone)


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