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Green cleaning - home brewed

Postby MichaelB » Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:44 am

Here's a simple disinfectant you can make:

Mix 50 ml of eucalyptus oil with a litre of water. Store it as you would a normal disinfectant.

Eucalyptus oil has so many other uses too:

- remove sticker residue from glass.
 
- Add 1-2 teaspoonfuls of eucalyptus oil to your wash - helps kill some nasties and leaves a nice scent.
 
- Remove paint, grease and ink from clothes.
 
- Reviving dead car air fresheners.
 
- Cleaning stainless steel

Got some green cleaning home brews you'd like to share? Post them in this thread!
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Re: Green cleaning - home brewed

Postby Millsy » Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:23 pm

Thanks Michael for this post,

I am only a young guy and know nothing as far as home made cleaning products go, although i would like to learn.

I hope many people contribute to this thread as my house cleaning methods could use a bit of a boost lol

Especially if anyone knows something natural that is good for cleaning off the black ring around your bath. i hate to use the strong corrosive cleaning products you see everywhere but its really tough work using washing up liquid and warm water :S
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Re: Green cleaning - home brewed

Postby MichaelB » Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:29 pm

Hi Millsy,

A bit of baking soda applied to a damp sponge should do the trick in dealing with rings on a bath. The baking soda is abrasive, but not so much so it will damage the enamel. Spot test first of course :)
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Re: Green cleaning - home brewed

Postby MadMax » Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:12 pm

Great post Michael ... for those of you who don't know, MichaelB runs his own site in his spare time (http://www.greenlivingtips.com). .... Michael is a bit of a guru at green living

just don't visit his site too often ... otherwise he'll get too busy and stop working for us ;)

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Re: Green cleaning - home brewed

Postby MichaelB » Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:31 pm

You're too kind Max :)

I'm no guru though folks, I'm just someone learning about lightening my environmental footprint and writing about it as I go :).
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Re: Green cleaning - home brewed

Postby FrYs » Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:24 am

Hey everyone... a few months ago on the ACA website there was a DIY cleaning guide.
The link is as follows http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=862936
Hope this helps too! it sure helped me
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Re: Green cleaning - home brewed

Postby FrYs » Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:41 pm

DIY air freasher.
Put 3 parts fabric softener to 4 parts water into a spray bottle. Spray into the air for maximum freshness! :D

DIY oven cleaner.
1 cup of white distilled vinegar
2 cups Hot water
1/2 cup baking soda
few drops of lavender oil
Combine in a spray bottle, SHAKE and spary away. (Will need to use the muscles however.. ;) )
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Re: Green cleaning - home brewed

Postby FrYs » Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:54 pm

also... to get rid of bad odours from the fridge, open up a box of baking soda and leave inside fridge for 24 hours.!!
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