Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Dinsinfecting Cleaning Wipes!

My love affair with vinegar continues! There is seriously nothing that it can't do! From making cheap window cleaner, to cleaning blueberries stains in carpets! So I figured that if it works for those then why not make a wipe out of it.

Wikipedia says "White vinegar is often used as a household cleaning agent. Because it is acidic, it can dissolve mineral deposits from glass, coffee makers, and other smooth surfaces. For most uses dilution with water is recommended for safety and to avoid damaging the surfaces being cleaned.

Recently, vinegar has been marketed as a green solution for many household cleaning problems. For example, vinegar has been cited recently as an eco-friendly urine cleaner for pets and as a weed killer."

So between my love of vinegar and essential oils I made these awesome cleaning wipes! Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

You will need an empty baby wipe container (or anything that will hold wet napkins and keep them wet!) Lemon, Lavender, and Clove essential oils, (not only do the essential oils act as great cleaning powers they also mask the smell of the vinegar. With this combo there is absolutely no vinegar scent!) and napkins (they can't be cheap ones! I like Bounty because they hold up well to water and you can scrub with them)
If you're using a pop-up container like me then you want to fold them so that they will pop-up. Start by folding one in half, put one unfolded napkin in the fold, fold it over.
take the next napkin and lay it across the fold of the other one so it looks like this
fold that over....
place another napkin on top
fold the previous one over....
continue till the napkins are about twice as high as your container
Fill a cup with 1 cup water
add 20 drops of lemon essential oil, 15 drops lavender and 7 clove, add 1 cup of vinegar and mix as well as it will mix (just like any oil the essential oils will not dissolve into the water, they will however hold into the napkins) These oils are great for clenaing and the scent combo is amazing! I use lemon because it's a great degreaser, lavender is antiseptic and anti-fungal, and clove, well cloves are great at controlling insects, in fact, since I started cleaning with cloves I haven's seen a single ant or earwig in my house (last year we had an infestation of both!)
Pour the mixture over the napkins, make sure that the bottom ones are wet as well.
And my favorite part of all? Convenient pop-up wipes that leave a streak free, clean shine on anything! Hope you enjoy cleaning with these as much as I do!

Monday, May 10, 2010

25 ways to clean with Vinegar

If you follow my blog you know that I have recently fallen on LOVE with vinegar! There's no end to the amazement that it gives with cleaning. So, when I saw this article today, I had to pas it along!

The cleaning aisle at just about any grocery store is stocked with a dizzying array of options—and when it comes down to it, there are a lot of expensive, toxic, superfluous products crowding the market. Chances are, you already have one of the best, all-purpose cleaning agents in your pantry: white vinegar. As noted earlier, vinegar actually works as a great laundry booster, stripping away the chemical build-up that detergent leaves behind (and gets rid of clingy odors in the process). And beyond that, there are tons of other applications for the stuff around your home. Here, from vinegartips.com and frugalfun.com, 25 ideas for making the most of vinegar:

1. Deodorize the sink: Pour 1 cup baking soda, followed by 1 cup hot vinegar, down the drain. Let sit for at least 5 minutes, then rinse with hot water.

2. Deodorize the garbage disposal: Make ice cubes out of vinegar. Run the disposal with a few vinegar ice cubes and cold water.
3. Clean countertops: Wipe down surfaces with a rag dipped in vinegar.
4. Clean the fridge: Use a mixture of half water, half vinegar to wipe down the interior shelves and walls.
5. Remove soap build-up and odors from the dishwasher: Once a month, pour 1 cup of vinegar into an empty dishwasher and run the machine through its entire cycle.
6. Bust oven grease: If you’ve got grease spots on the oven door, pour some vinegar directly on the stains, let it sit for 15 minutes, and wipe away with a sponge.
7. To make old glassware sparkle: To get rid of the cloudy effect, wrap a vinegar-soaked towel around the glass and let it sit. Remove and rinse with hot water.
8. Get rid of lime deposits on your tea kettle: Fill the kettle with vinegar and let it boil. Allow it to cool, and rinse with water.
9. Remove stains in coffee cups: Create a paste using of equal parts vinegar and salt (or in lieu of salt, baking soda) and scrub gently before rinsing.
10. Treat Tupperware stains (and stinkiness): Wipe the containers with a vinegar-saturated cloth.
11. Remove stains on aluminum pots: Boil 1 cup vinegar and 1 cup water.
12. Deter ant infestations: Spray outside doorways and windowsills, and anywhere you see a trail of critters.
13. Clean can openers: Scrub the wheel of your can opener with vinegar using an old toothbrush.
14. Remove stickers or labels: Cover the sticker with a vinegar-soaked cloth. Let it sit overnight—it should slide right off by morning.
15. Shine porcelain sinks: A bit of vinegar and a good scrub should leave them sparkling.
16. Clean grout: Pour on some vinegar, let it hang out for a few minutes, and buff with an old toothbrush.
17. Clean the shower door: Spray them down with vinegar pre-shower, or post (after you’ve squeegeed the glass) to remove hard water deposits.
18. Clean a grimy showerhead: To get rid of scum, fill a Ziploc with ½ a cup of baking soda and 1 cup vinegar and tie it around the showerhead. Let it sit for an hour, until the bubbling has stopped. Remove the bag and run the shower.
19. Make a toilet sparkle: Pour in a cup or two of vinegar and let it sit there overnight before scrubbing with a toilet brush.
20. Polish linoleum floors: Add 1 cup of vinegar for every gallon of water you use to wash the floor.
21. Clean paintbrushes: Soak paintbrushes for an hour before simmering them on the stove to remove hardened paint. Drain and rinse.
22. Clean grills: Spray vinegar on a ball of tin foil, then use it to give the grate a firm scrub.
23. Disinfect wood cutting boards: Wipe down wood boards with a wash of vinegar.
24. Clean the microwave: Fill a microwave-safe bowl with 2 cups water and ½ cup vinegar. Heat it on full power for 3-4 minutes until it comes to a boil. Keep the door closed for a few minutes longer to let the steam fill the microwave, loosening the grime. Remove the bowl (carefully!) and wipe down interior walls with a sponge.
25. Polish patent leather accessories: Give them a rub with a vinegar-soaked cloth. Buff with a dry cloth.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Blueberry shakes + Carpet= STAINS!

So, just how are you supposed to get this out of your carpets? Today my 1 year old took her cup of shake made from fresh blueberries and decided to make this piece of art work on my just cleaned carpets.So pretty, isn't it!
After a few spritzes of pure white vinegar it turned to this! (I keep a spray bottle full of vinegar just for this purpose!)
Let the vinegar set a moment and scrub. I used my carpet shampooer to rinse and suck it all up (or you could use a rag to clean it) and the end results are perfection! Not even a hint of color left at all!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Tired of using chemicals in your dishwasher?

I normally wash my dishes by hand and use the dishwasher to rinse/dry/sanitize them. I always hate how they come out with the hard water spots so I would normally use the Jet Dry. I added 1/4 cup of vinegar and 10 drops of orange essential oils. The dishes came out sparkling and I avoided using the harsh chemicals!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Best Carpet Cleaner Ever!

I am obsessed with clean carpets. I love wearing white socks but hate when they get dirty on the bottoms, so I clean my carpets a lot! (at least once a month!) Over the years I've used just about every cleaning solution out there. I've even bought expensive ones from those nationally known cleaners.

The one thing that worked better than any of the solutions out there was vinegar! That's right, pure vinegar! (It even took smashed blueberries out of my carpets this morning!) I just added it to my solution dispenser on my shampooer and added a few drops of lavender, clove and orange essential oils to boost the cleaning power and mask the vinegar stench, and after half the passes that I normally make with any solutions my carpets looked as if the pro's had just left!

Don't believe me? Go and try it for yourself!