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  2. 2. CLEANING YOUR WHOLE HOUSE NATURALLY FOR UNDER $10 A MONTHThere are many difficult parts of switching to ahealthier and more natural way of living, andfortunately, switching to natural cleaners isn’t one ofthem. Natural cleaners are easy to make, work just aswell and often cost much less than their conventionalalternatives. This guide gives you the tools to keepyour house clean on a budget without the chemicals.
  3. 3. • the Basics • Basic List1. White Vinegar2. Baking Soda3. Hydrogen Peroxide4. Borax5. Washing Soda6. Liquid Castille Soap7. Essential Oils8. Microfiber Cloths Why Clean Naturally? The eight natural products on the shopping list children. A recent study found that many babies on the left side of this page will clean your entire are born with over 200 chemicals in their house if you know how to use them. No bleach, umbilical cord blood. We’re constantly ammonia or chemical detergents necessary! bombarded by chemicals and toxins in daily life, Conventional cleaners are full of harsh but switching to natural cleaners is a relatively detergents, harmful chemicals, artificial scents easy way to reduce exposure to the worst and colors, and even hormone disruptors that offenders and save some money in the process! can disturb the endocrine system, especially in 2
  4. 4. • Mold Remover- One part borax mixed with four parts white The Many vinegar in a spray bottle does wonders for mold. Just spray it on, wait about an hour, and wipe up. The mold wipes right off. Uses of • Hardwood floors- 1/3 to 2/3 cup of white vinegar in a gallon of warm water cleans hardwoods very quickly and easily. White • Toilet Cleaning- Pouring a few shakes of baking soda in a drain and Vinegar then adding a cup or so of vinegar will create a bubbly reaction that, when scrubbed, leaves the toilet shining. • Cleaning cabinets- If you have food spots, oil buildup or stains on your cabinets, mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water and scrub withThe product I use the most in my natural lifestyle and that you a rag or sponge. The vinegar will cut any grease, leaving theprobably already have in the house is distilled white vinegar. The cabinets clean and shiny.smell fades when it dries and can be easily masked with a fewdrops of essential oil. Here are some of the things I use vinegar for • All Purpose Cleaning- For everything else, I have two bottles ofin my own natural cleaning: homemade spray cleaner in the kitchen and all bathrooms. One of these is 1 part white vinegar, 4 parts water, 10-20 drops of essential• Stains- The most effective treatment for most stains I have found oil (optional), and 1 tsp of organic dish soap. This does wonders on so far is pouring undiluted vinegar onto the stain and washing as counter tops, high chair trays, baseboards, walls, appliances, normal. This also works great for wine, tomato sauce, or other floors, and everywhere else things can be dumped, spilled or spills on carpet. Immediately pour vinegar on the area, wait a few tracked. minutes, and wipe up with a damp cloth. Vinegar could practically clean your entire house on it’s own, but• Window cleaner- Vinegar is by far more effective than Windex or there are a few other natural cleaning recipes that can add to your other window cleaners at cleaning windows and mirrors with a regimen... spot free shine. I mix 1 part vinegar to three parts water and add a few drops of my favorite essential oil (lemongrass) or a 1/2 tsp or so of my organic dishwashing liquid. 3
  5. 5. Floors: Depending on your type of floors, the type of cleaning will vary, but any floor can be cleaned naturally. For laminate, ceramic, etc, a mixture of 1 cup vinegar in a gallon of water on a wet mop will clean really well. You can use my all-purpose cleaner to pre-treat tough stains. There are also other options for carpet and hardwood. For tile and grout, I sprinkle with baking soda and then spray with hydrogen peroxide and leave for a few minutes before scrubbingCabinets: and then wiping off. This is the only way I’ve found to keep groutAt my house, cabinets get food, fingerprints and wall art (mainly the white.lower ones) from my four little aspiring Picassos, and these can be apain to clean. Lately, I’m hooked on microfiber to clean these with I’ve switched to microfiber on this and LOVE my microfiber mop!just water, but another great solution is a natural all-purpose cleanerand a clean rag (I use cut up old t-shirts and towels). DishwashingCounters and Table: For natural dish soap, I use Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castille or theMy All-Purpose Cleaner (on page 8) works great on countertops and Dishwashing Liquid from Tropical Traditions. I’ve tried manytables. I’ve used it on granite and formica and it doesn’t leave natural variations of homemade dishwasher detergent, but usuallyresidue. I would not recommend specific granite cleaning sprays, as default to Tropical Traditions Dishwasher Soap since it is the bestthese are some of the worst offenders in the chemical department. natural option I’ve found.Do not use vinegar/lemon or anything acidic on granite as this canerode the finish and wear down the stone. You can also use a To clean the dishwasher itself, I put a bowl or two on the top shelfhomemade alcohol based cleaner for tough messes and great shine, of the dishwasher right side up and fill it with undiluted whitebut I wouldn’t use it everyday. vinegar. I then just run the dishwasher as usual (no other dishes in it) and this removes soap scum and makes the dishwasher run more efficiently. This is on my once-a-month to do list. 4
  6. 6. Oven Cleaning: Paper Products:I have a self-cleaning oven but don’t like to use that feature, unless it We’ve finally transitioned to paper free in our kitchen, and I won’tis an especially cold day in winter as it heats the house up a lot. The ever go back. We actually bought several hundred cloth napkins foreasiest way I’ve found besides using the self-clean is to spray water our wedding years ago, and we still use those, though if I ever replaceover the bottom of the oven and dump on a lot of baking soda (about them, I’ll replace them with a darker color to hide the stains they have1/4-1/2 inch thick) and then spray with more water to make a paste. now. A couple dozen cloth napkins will last a family between washesThen, I leave it overnight. In the morning, I scrape out all the baking and will save a lot of money and waste in the long run.soda mixture (which is brown by this point) and then use a wire brush We also use extra dish towels instead of paper towels and just replaceto scrub any tough spots. After all the baking soda has been wiped off, them every six months to a year, which is still cheaper than buyinga vinegar and water rinse will leave a spot free shine. paper towels.Garbage Disposal: Produce Washing:I use my garbage disposal a lot and sometimes it gets that not-so- The way I wash produce largely depends on where it came from andlovely odor. To combat this, there are a couple of options: what it is. For stuff from our garden, it gets a light wash in water• cut a lemon in half, shove in garbage disposal and grind (with water before use. For store bought produce with tough skin, I soak in running) for 10 seconds. vinegar for about 10 minutes, and then lightly scrub with my hands• Freeze lemon and orange peels in ice cube trays with vinegar or after I’ve dipped them in baking soda. I do this before placing in the water and throw these in and grind for 10 seconds refrigerator so that the chemicals don’t transfer to the fridge and so• pour 1/2 cup of baking soda in and then 1 cup of distilled white the kids can get their own fruits and vegetables for snacks. I’ve also vinegar and let sit for 10 minutes before running the water and and tried a hydrogen peroxide and water spray, and this seems to work for the disposal softer skin fruits and veggies like peaches or grapes or berries (1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide in 2 cups of water- stored in a dark bottle!).Cast Iron:This won’t be in everyone’s kitchen, but we use cast iron a lot (haven’t What is Under My Sinkhad trouble with anemia during pregnancy since we started that). I try I keep it simple with kitchen cleaning. I have bottles of white vinegar,not to use soap on cast iron since it ruins the seasoning that takes so hydrogen peroxide, Dr. Bronners, baking soda, my homemadelong to accomplish. Instead I use a steel scouring pad and some cleaner, microfiber cloths and assorted cloths and scrubbing brushes.regular salt and scrub. This usually gets them clean without any I’m yet to find a mess I can’t tackle with this regimen. I keeptrouble. everything under the sink in a plastic shoe tray so that I can remove them all at once to clean under the sink. 5
  7. 7. Counters, Tile, Shower, Tub: If you have it, you can use microfiber for all of these. I’ve even found it to be effective on soap scum in the shower. If not, there are other natural options that work great too: • A 50/50 vinegar/water solution will clean tile, counters, cabinet fronts and soap scum in the shower • A baking soda and water paste will clean stuck on gunk in the shower and tub (use vinegar instead of water for really tough stains). • For grout, I sprinkle baking soda on the floor and spray with undiluted hydrogen peroxide and scrub with a gentle toothbrush.Other than the kitchen, the bathroom takes the most amount of • For stained tubs and really, really tough messes, homemade scouringtime and work to clean since it has so many different types of powder works great, though it isn’t needed for regular cleaning.surfaces and because, by its nature, it is a place that needs to be • For wall tile, painted door frames, spots on the doors, outside ofcleaned pretty often. toilet, etc, my homemade all purpose cleaner will clean and disinfectIf you are like me and have boys, it is probably also one of your least Toilets:favorite places to clean. Luckily, a checklist and some natural About once a week, I sprinkle some baking soda around the inside ofcleaners can make quick work of cleaning the bathroom! the toilet to coat, then dump a cup of undiluted white vinegar into the water. I use a reusable toilet brush to scrub and the chemical reactionMirrors: of the baking soda and vinegar removes stains and any lingering smell.Just like windows, mirrors can be cleaned with a 50/50 Vinegar and This also works externally (I use on the bottom of the toilet and theWater mix in a spray bottle and wiped with old rags from cut-up t- floor) to remove that “boy” smell from bathrooms.shirts or newspaper (paper towels leave a lot of residue with this I’ve also found that the urine smell that can linger (especially withmethod). potty-training boys) is often hiding in the hinges of the toilet seat and under the bolt caps on the side of the toilet. At our house, these getThe easiest way, if you have them, is to use microfiber cloths (1 removed every 2 weeks or so and thoroughly cleaned.regular one wet, and one polishing one dry or just one regular wet I finish up toilet cleaning with a spray and wipe down with undilutedone and one regular dry) to clean without the need for chemicals at hydrogen peroxide.all. 6
  8. 8. • Natural Cleaner Recipes • R ecipes for:1. Wood Floor Cleaner2. All Purpose Floor Cleaner3. Carpet Cleaner4. All Purpose Cleaner5. Oven Cleaner6. Window Cleaner7. Disinfectant Spray8. Heavy-duty scouring powder Natural Cleaning Recipes Using the ingredients listed in “The Basics” you Though these cleaners are much safer than can make a variety of natural cleaners to be used chemical versions, you should still exercise care in different ways around your home. As I’ve said, about keeping them away from pets and small I use microfiber almost exclusively now, but if children as they can still be harmful in large you don’t like microfiber or don’t want to change, amounts. They are, however, safe to use on areas these natural options are a great alternative to that babies and children will come into contact store bought versions. with. 7
  9. 9. Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner: All Purpose Cleaner:Combine 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1 teaspoon vegetable oil (finally This cleaner will clean anything from counters, to floors anda good use for it!) Mix well and rub lightly into floors to bring back everything in between. It smells great and cleans without theshine and clean spots. Add a few drops of essential oil of choice for typical vinegar odor.nice scent. (make sure to wipe off completely to avoid slipperyfloors!). Can also just use diluted white vinegar. In a spray bottle mix: • 1 tsp boraxAll Purpose Floor Cleaner: • 1/2 tsp washing sodaMix equal parts of vinegar and water and damp mop. For really • 1 tsp liquid castille soaptough stains, pre-treat with 2 Tbsp washing soda dissolved in 16 • essential oils as preferred- I use 4 drops lemon, 4 dropsounces of water. Mop well and damp mop with pure water to rinse. lavender and 10 drops orangeCarpet Stain Remover: Add 2 cups of warm water. Distilled is best, but any water that hasMix equal parts of vinegar and water. Spray on stains, let sit for 5 been boiled will work. Cover bottle and shake well. Use as needed.minutes and scrub with soft brush. Add 1-2 drops of dishwashing I use as bathroom cleaner, floor pre-treater, kitchen cleaner and onliquid for tough stains. toys to disinfect.For tough grease stains, pour cornstarch liberally on the stain andlet sit until dry. Vacuum up and then use method above.For heavy duty stains that won’t come out, mix 1/4 cup each of salt,borax and vinegar and rub into the stain. Let dry and vacuum up. 8
  10. 10. Natural Glass Cleaner Sometimes the best things in life are free… or really really cheap, like this home recipe for natural glass cleaner. It has a somewhat strong smell that completely evaporates once dried. In a 16 oz or bigger spray bottle mix: • 1 quart waterNatural Oven Cleaner: • 2 tablespoons vinegar • 10-15 drops essential oil (optional, but helps theThough it seems like a simple fix, baking soda is really effective and vinegar smell)makes the daunting task of oven cleaning a little easier. All you haveto do to get a shining oven is spray the whole oven down with a Shake bottle and spray on windows. Use crumpled newspaper orwater bottle so that it is damp, and pour on a thick layer or baking cotton cloth to wipe off. If you have always used commercialsoda, especially on the bottom, until there is about 1/4 inch layer of window cleaner in the past, mix a couple drops of liquid castillebaking soda paste on the bottom. If any of the baking soda is still soap or liquid dish soap in some of this mixture the first time youdry, mist it with a water bottle. clean the windows to remove detergent residue.Then, walk away, and leave the baking soda there for a few hours(with the oven off, unless you want to see some amateur specialeffects… I don’t recommend this!) After a few hours I simply wipe upthe paste with a cloth and all the grime comes with it. For reallybaked on grime, this may take a couple applications, but it alwaysworks and it is 100% natural! 9
  11. 11. Does it work? You be the judge... The right side of my tub has been cleaned with this mix, the left side hasn’t.All-Natural Scouring Powder:Ingredients • 2 parts baking soda • 1 part salt • 1 part borax powderTo make: 1. Pour ingredients into jar or bowl. 2. Mix or stir until well mixed. 3. If you want to make a shaker, put in a pint or quart masonjar and poke some holes in the top (carefully) with a sharp serratedknife.To Use: 1. Lightly wet surface with water or undiluted white vinegar(for really bad messes) 2. Sprinkle powder on and let sit 5 minutes 3. Scrub with sturdy brush until clean 4. Rinse with water or vinegar (for really bad messes) 10
  12. 12. • Natural Laundry Solutions • Laundry Recipes:1. Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap2. Homemade Powdered Laundry Soap3. Homemade OxyClean4. Natural Stain Treatment Reference Sheet Homemade Laundry Solutions Homemade laundry soap and stain treatments With a little basic chemistry and some simple also save a lot of money over store bought ingredients you can keep your clothes as clean or versions and you avoid the chemical detergents, cleaner than you can by using commercial artificial scents and colors, and skin-irritating versions. properties. 11
  13. 13. 4. In a medium sized sauce pan, heat 2 quarts of water until simmering. 5. Pour grated soap in slowly until dissolved 6. Pour hot soap mixture into the five gallon bucket and stir well. 7. Add optional ingredients if you plan to and stir well. 8. Put lid on tightly and keep in corner overnight. 9. The next day, remove lid and stir again. 10. Pour into empty gallon jars or bottles and store by washer.Ingredients for Homemade Natural Liquid Laundry Soap: 11. Use 1/2 to 1 cup per load, depending on how dirty the • 1 cup Borax (sodium borate) found as 20 Mule Team clothes are. Borax on laundry aisle of most grocery stores • 1 cup Washing Soda (sodium carbonate or soda ash) is Important Note: I have heard people express some concern with available on the laundry aisle of most grocery stores the use of Borax. Borax is an ingredient in most natural and eco- • A bar of natural and organic bar soap like Dr. Bronners, or friendly cleaners, including Seventh Generation and Biokleen, so it is homemade soap difficult to find any product without it. Though it can be toxic in high doses, especially if ingested, in the dilution used in this recipe, itOptional Ingredients: appears to have little or no health risks. If you are concerned with the • Sal Suds (new product from Dr. Bronners- a good grease use of Borax and prefer not to use it, use an extra 1/2 cup of washingcutter) soda or 1 cup of baking soda in its place. You could also substitute 1 • Liquid Castille soap for extra cleaning power and scent cup of Liquid Castille soap. • Essential Oils for scentSteps to make Homemade Natural Liquid LaundryDetergent 1. Ask your local bakery, Sam’s Club/Costco or grocery storefor any leftover five gallon buckets with lids. They will give these toyou for free. 2. Grate the bar soap with a cheese grater or food processor. 3. Put 4-4.5 gallons of warm or hot water into a five gallonbucket 12
  14. 14. How To make Powdered Laundry Soap: 1. Grate the bar soap or mix in food processor until finelyground. Use the soap of your choice. I personally use Dr. Bronner’sPure Castille Bar Soap because of its exceptional quality, and becauseit is available in several different natural scents like lavender, tea tree,peppermint, almond and others. 2. In a large bowl, mix 2 parts washing soda, 2 parts Boraxand 1 part grated soap. (Add a few teaspoons of baking soda ifdesired). 3. Store in closed container. I keep mine in quart or half Of all the stain removers out there, Oxy Clean is the most naturalgallon mason jars. If you are using a big enough container, you can option that I’ve found… but it is also one of the most expensiveskip step 2 and just put all ingredients in storage container or jar and options.shake. The natural version seems to work as well as the store bought and 4. Use 1/8 to 1/4 cup per load of laundry. it’s also really easy and cheap to make!Save Money? Homemade OxyClean Ingredients:These recipes are also a great way to save money on laundry. By my • 2 parts watercalculations, I am saving over half on my laundry bill by switching: • 1 part hydrogen peroxideOn the powdered recipe, I spent (in 2011) : • 1 part washing soda I use 1 cup water, 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup baking • One 55 ounce box Washing Soda- $3.49 (at local store) soda. This is a liquid recipe and also reminds me somewhat of Shout • One 76 ounce box of Borax – $4.99 (at local store) spray. • One Bar Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Bar Soap- $2.99 How To Make: 1. For best results, combine all ingredients right beforeWith the amount of this mixture I use (1/4 cup) per load of laundry, using. I keep them all in my laundry room and combine in a quartthis recipe works out to $0.09 cents per load of laundry. This saves size mason jar right before using.me almost $0.15 per load over using Arm and Hammer or Tide. With 2. Add one batch per load for extra cleaning/brightening, orthe liquid recipe, the saving are even more. A Five-Gallon batch costs mix a smaller amount as a pre-treat spray for laundry.$4.30 and washes at least 80 loads, costing about $0.05 per load! 13
  15. 15. This is the stain reference sheet I keep by my washing machine for easy reference when treating stains. Feel free to print it out and use it to help treat your stains naturally!14
  16. 16. • Microfiber Cleaning • M y Favo r i t e Microfiber1. Regular microfiber cloth with silver for antibacterial action2. Smoother polishing cloth for windows and silver3. Microfiber Mop Set for easy floor cleaning4. Double sided Bathroom Mitt for bathroom cleaning5. Dust mitt for allergy free dusting6. Microfiber body Truly Green Cleaning cloth for body When a reader approached me about trying cleaning possible (even more natural than the cleaning and make- microfiber for cleaning, I reluctantly agreed. I’d recipes earlier in this book) up removal seen friends fall in love with them and never use cleaning products again, but was still convinced My favorite brand is Norwex after testing several that it was marketing hype... until I tried them! brands and I especially like that they have Now, I’m a microfiber convert myself and highly antibacterial silver fibers wound into the fabric. recommend them if you want the most natural They also have a money-back guarantee and a 2 year warranty! 15
  17. 17. Of course, cleaning is much easier with more than just one cloth, and these are the products I use in my home: Antibacterial Microfiber Cloth: I use on: Hard surfaces, counters, cabinets, floors, stainless steel appliances, windows, shower walls, and any other hardWhat is Microfiber? surfaces. It also takes out stains in clothes when used immediately.Essentially, microfiber cloths have extremely fine fibers that when dry,create a static action that picks up dust and dirt, and when wet, easilyremoves dirt, food, bacteria and other residue.Since no chemicals are needed to clean with microfiber, it is the mosthealthy and environmentally friendly option I’ve found. Though asmall investment up front, there is no residual cost and microfibercloths pay for themselves within a few months.The average family spends several hundred dollars a year on cleaning A polishing cloth accomplishes the same thing as a regular microfiberproducts and is exposed to hundreds of chemicals through these cloth but shorter fibers leave an even shinier finish.products. Microfiber can reduce this cost by over 90% and keep thehouse cleaner. I use on: Windows, stainless steel appliances, mirrors and glass and silverware. I start with a slightly damp regular microfiber cloth and thenA Basic Microfiber Cloth polish with a polishing cloth.This is my personal favorite microfiber cloth, as it has silver fibersembedded in the cloth which give it naturally antibacterial properties.It is so effective that a person could literally keep an entire house cleanwith one high-quality microfiber cloth ($15) that would last severalyears. 16
  18. 18. A good mop set is my favorite microfiber product aside from the multi- A regular microfiber cloth will clean a bathroom, but a specificuse regular cloth. I despise mopping and this helps me spend as little bathroom mitt makes the tougher messes a little easier. This onetime on it as possible, plus I know that the dirt, grime and bacteria is has a scrubbing cloth on one side and a regular cloth on the otherbeing picked up so my little one isn’t crawling around in it. to get soap scum, spots and stuck-on dirt. There is an absorbent sponge layer underneath so it can absorb more and then easilyA good microfiber mop comes with both a wet and dry attachment. hang to dry.Wet for actual mopping and cleaning, and dry for dust removal. I wasshocked to find that I could mop floors with just a spray bottle of water A quick wipe down with the mitt every few days will keep theand a microfiber mop, and the floors also dry much more quickly. bathroom soap scum free.How I use: Microfiber is so much easier of a way to mop that I just How I use: I keep hanging on a suction cup in the shower and oncemop most of the house each night in under ten minutes (and we have or twice a week just wipe down the shower with it. Once a week, Iall wood floors). A damp mop will spot clean the whole house pretty wash it and use it to clean the whole bathroom from top toeasily and we have no more dirty socks from walking on the floors bottom.since I’ve started doing this. The other advantage is that my kids can use this to clean theThe microfiber mop pads velcro on and can be laundered with regular bathroom with relatively little intervention.microfiber cloths for easy clean up and re-use. 17
  19. 19. Though a regular microfiber cloth is sufficient for dusting, a dust With the recent information about how the ingredients in soap,mitt will hold slightly more dust and doesn’t have to be shaken out even natural soap, can cause premature aging, I’ve switched toas often. I’m glad I decided to get a dust mitt too as it has been well using microfiber for face and body cleaning as well.worth it for one task in particular: cleaning fans. The same properties that make it great for cleaning surfaces alsoIn the past, when I’d cleaned fans, it involved wet paper towels, makes it great for removing make-up, excess oils, dirt and food (ifdust falling everywhere, and me sneezing profusely. The dust mitt you have small children.actually grabs all the dust on the fan and keeps it from gettingeverywhere else, and minimized my allergies. I use microfiber face cloths daily to wash my face and remove make-up and use them on the kids after meals to remove food. I also use them on the kids on nights that they don’t need a full bath but I still want to make sure they are clean. The naturally antibacterial fibers in certain types of microfiber make them great for naturally cleaning the skin and removing make-up without soap. I wash mine once to twice a week as needed. 18
  20. 20. Still Not Convinced? Here are some other reasons I love • Make-up removal is much faster with the body cloth, which evenmicrofiber: removes my waterproof eye makeup without a problem. • My kids love dusting now because the dusting mitt is so fun.I love that one cloth can literally clean my entire kitchen from ceiling • Since the cloths are different colors, I’ve designated one per room,to floor without any chemicals. I found that microfiber cloths clean so we won’t be using one that has been used in the bathroom in thebetter than any other cleaning method I’d used before and since no kitchen or vice versa. This also makes it really easy to spot clean thecleaning products are needed, cleaning is much faster. Since I started entire house.using microfiber, these are the biggest changes I’ve noticed:• Every night, my kitchen is completely spotless and it takes less than The thing that convinced me the most? How much dirt they pick up! I 10 minutes to do it (dishes aside…). I clean the cabinets, counters, didn’t even realize just how well they cleaned until the first time I stainless steel appliances, and even mop the floor in that time! washed them. I’d been carefully rinsing them out and drying them• While the kids are in the bathtub each night, I clean the bathroom in after each use but after about 4 days, decided I needed to wash them about 5 minutes with the microfiber cloth I have hanging on the all. I ran a mini-load of just 6 microfiber cloths that I had already inside of the bathroom cabinet. Once or twice a week I still clean the rinsed out in the sink. This is what happened: toilet bowl with a regular toilet brush and some vinegar and baking soda, but the mirror, counters, shower walls, tub and floor stay clean each day.• Our entire house has hardwood floors and the wet and dry mop combination make sweeping and mopping much faster. The mop is pretty wide, so I can use the dry attachment to quickly sweep and the wet one to quickly mop. Since not much water is needed, it dries in a couple of minutes and no chemicals are needed.• I don’t feel like the house is clean unless the windows are clean, and our backdoor is glass. The Envirocloth and the polishing cloth clean the windows, so even though I have to do this daily to keep the dog nose art and kids handprints off, it doesn’t take any time and I don’t need vinegar anymore. So far, I’ve gotten crayon, coconut oil, apple sauce, mashed banana, hairspray, butter and mud off the windows with this combination! 19
  21. 21. • Under $10 a Month? • Natural Cleaning Costs per 6 Months:1. White Vinegar: $2.502. Big Bag of Baking Soda $8.003. Two large bottles of Hydrogen Peroxide $1.504. Box of Borax Powder $5.005. Box of Washing Soda $5.006. Dr. Bronners (32 ounce) $15.00 How to Save Money with Natural Cleaning The numbers on the left are taken as an average this gives an estimate on the high end. I’d dare of my grocery store price for each item and the say that a single bottle of Lysol or commercialTotal: $37.00 or (higher) price to order online and I’ve rounded cleaner costs about that much, and even the$6.17 per month each to the highest dollar amount. Obviously, you somewhat natural store-bought versions cost could spend slightly more or less on these more than that! If you aren’t already, save some products depending on where you live. Also, money and avoid some toxins by making your some, like the Dr. Bronners and big bag of baking own cleaners! soda will last much longer than 6-months, but 20
  22. 22. • Save Money with Microfiber • Microfiber Cleaning Costs:1. Bathroom Mitt: $242. Complete Mop Set $933. Regular Microfiber + Polishing Cloth +Dust Mitt set $474. Pack of 3 body/ make-up remove cloths that can be re- used indefinitely: $20Total: $184 with a 2-year warranty (they’lllast longer) which How to Save Money with Microfibercomes out to a The costs on the left are the exact sets I’ve gotten chores around the house. Though it does takemaximum of $7.66 and been cleaning my entire house with. I more of an investment up front, I’ve foundper month for totally absolutely love the microfiber and it is even microfiber to be a great deal in the long run! Ifchemical free cleaning! easier than making my own cleaners, takes much you haven’t already, please look into these less room to store, and is even more natural. natural options for cleaning your house! They also have a kid’s set, which I’ve also purchased and which allows my kids to be actually helpful when they want to “help” do 21
  23. 23. BONUS - Whole House Cleaning Checklist:Living Areas Bedrooms1. Pick up everything on floors and move to appropriate areas. 1. Pick up everything on floors and move to appropriate areas.2. Open windows for some ventilation or turn on an air filter if 2. Open windows for some ventilation or turn on an air filter if you have one. you have one.3. Starting with the highest points (top of door and window 3. Starting with the highest points (top of door and window frames) and moving down, dust furniture with a damp rag frames) and moving down, dust furniture with a damp rag or microfiber cloth. Remember to dust lights and fan blades. or microfiber cloth. Remember to dust lights and fan blades.4. Spot clean any spots on furniture using baking soda and 4. Spot clean any spots on furniture using baking soda and water or liquid castille soap and a damp rag. water or liquid castille soap and a damp rag.5. Wash any blankets or throw pillows if needed. 5. Wash any blankets or throw pillows if needed.6. Clean lamps with microfiber cloths or a damp rag with all- 6. Remove clothes from drawers, wipe down drawers and purpose cleaner. A hydrogen peroxide spray works to clean return clothes. white lampshades. 7. Clean lamps with microfiber cloths or a damp rag with all-7. Wash windows and windowsills with microfiber or 50/50 purpose cleaner. A hydrogen peroxide spray works to clean Vinegar/Water solution. white lampshades.8. Remove blinds and wash in bathtub with vinegar and water 8. Wash windows and windowsills with microfiber or 50/50 or use some old rags and straight white vinegar. Vinegar/Water solution.9. Wipe down electronics and electronic screens with 9. Remove blinds and wash in bathtub with vinegar and water microfiber or rags with just plain water. or use some old rags and straight white vinegar.10. Use a damp rag or microfiber cloth to wipe down walls and 10. Wash sheets. switch plates. 11. Hang pillows and mattress pads in the sun for 2-3 hours to11. Wipe down doors and door handles (use hydrogen peroxide remove bacteria and air out. if anyone has been sick. 12. Dust, sweep or mop under bed.12. Mop floors with microfiber or with a cup of vinegar in a 13. Use a damp rag or microfiber cloth to wipe down walls and gallon of water and a wet mop. switch plates. 14. Wipe down doors and door handles (use hydrogen peroxide if anyone has been sick) 22
  24. 24. Bathrooms Kitchen1. Open windows for some ventilation or turn on an air filter 1. Open windows for some ventilation or turn on an air filter if you have one. if you have one.2. Starting with the highest points (top of door and window 2. Starting with the highest points (top of door and window frames) and moving down, dust furniture with a damp rag frames) and moving down, dust furniture with a damp rag or microfiber cloth. or microfiber cloth. Don’t forget lighting fixtures and fans.3. Take everything out of cabinets and closets and re-organize 3. Take everything out of cabinets and closets and re-organize and refold. Wipe down shelves and inside with damp rag and refold. Wipe down shelves and inside with damp rag and all-purpose cleaner. and all-purpose cleaner.4. Scrub down and clean shower and tub. Vinegar and water 4. Wash cabinet doors and knobs with microfiber or all- works well and homemade scouring powder will work on purpose cleaner. tough scum and messes. 5. Wipe down appliances.5. Clean outside of toilet with hydrogen peroxide and inside 6. Clean inside of oven with baking soda and water paste with vinegar and baking soda and a brush. (more info here)6. Shine mirror and windows with microfiber or with vinegar 7. Remove food from fridge and freezer and clean inside with water (50/50) mix and a clean rag. a 50/50 vinegar and water solution or microfiber. Return7. Wipe down counters and sink with all-purpose cleaner or food to proper places. microfiber. 8. Pull out fridge and stove and clean underneath them with a8. Clean floor and grout (use baking soda and hydrogen vinegar and water solution. peroxide for stained grout). 9. Dust refrigerator coils and clean out grate at front of refrigerator. 10. Remove everything from counter tops and wipe down counters and backsplash. Wipe down each appliance and counter item before returning it. 11. Clean dishwasher by running it empty with a bowl of vinegar (more info here) 12. Clean sink and fixture with microfiber or undiluted vinegar on a wet rag. 13. Sweep and mop flour and clean grout if needed. 23
  25. 25. Laundry Room/Area1. Open windows for some ventilation or turn on an air filter if you have one.2. Starting with the highest points (top of door and window frames) and moving down, dust furniture with a damp rag or microfiber cloth. Don’t forget lighting fixtures and fans.3. Take everything out of cabinets and shelves and re- organize and refold. Wipe down shelves and inside with damp rag and all-purpose cleaner.4. Wash cabinet doors and knobs with microfiber or all- purpose cleaner.5. Wipe down washer and dryer with wet rag and all-purpose cleaner.6. Wash inside of washing machine, removing the inner part and washing in the sink if you don’t have an HE washer.7. Remove dryer lint trap and wash with dishwashing liquid to remove film.8. Wipe down all walls, baseboards and other flat surfaces to remove dust.9. Sweep and mop flour and clean grout if needed. 24