Recipes For A Greener Home

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 I wrote a post last week about little things we can do to help live a greener and healthier lifestyle. I promised to post the recipes we use for cleaning in our home. Here are some of the recipes that we use for healthy and natural cleaning solutions. These are very inexpensive, will save you money, not harmful to children, pets or the earth and help to reduce the toxins that are being released into the atmosphere.Toxic chemicals in your house


Don’t be fooled by all the commercials you see on TV that the cleaners are safe! If you can not drink it, it is not safe. The best disinfectant is white Vinegar. It is 5% acid and is very effective in killing bacteria. 


One of the biggest problems we are facing today in our environment is the over use of germicides and anti- bacteria products. Do not use anti- bacteria soaps for ordinary cleaning of your and your children’s hands. The purpose of anti- bacteria soaps is for use in hospitals, washing before surgery and other such applications. We are killing the good along with the bad bacteria. We need to have good bacteria. Now what is happening is the bad bacteria is mutating into new bacteria that is immune to these bacteria killers. This is affecting the natural eco-cycle. The best way to keep bad bacteria under control is to wash your hands and your children’s hands with natural soap and warm water every time you use the bathroom, before you eat and after shaking hands with people not in your family.


Did you know that when you use furniture polish/ cleaner- it is so toxic that even a week after you sprayed that piece of furniture has a half life of the toxins still on it?  These toxins are being released into the air in your house, on your hands when you touch that furniture and in your bloodstream. Here are my healthy alternatives:


Homemade Furniture Polish:


1 part vinegar

3 parts olive oil

Mix with a fork, place in an empty liquid soap container and shake well before using.


For a lemon cleanser and aroma:

1 tsp. Olive Oil

½ cup Lemon Juice

Mix well and use a moistened rag to apply.


How simple is that?


Fantastic Natural Scrubber:


1 2/3 Baking Soda

½ cup Liquid Natural Soap

Dilute with ½ cup of water and 2 Tbls. of Vinegar.

You can keep this in a small plastic container and just add a bit of water if it is too thick.


I also use straight baking soda and hot water to get rid of stains, clean the stove. Baking Soda has so many uses. If the stains are tough let is sit for 10 minutes and then add lemon juice to the stain.


Glass Cleaner:

1 part water

1 part vinegar

Put in Spray bottle.

This is so simple and works well. I keep a Spray bottle with this solution on hand at all times. It is great for spills, cleaning up after the kids, the pets and other uses. I clean my counters with this solution. This is a safe alternative to all the chemicals on the market.


Mildew Remover:

Make a paste of baking soda and water. Scrub with an old toothbrush, then rinse.


Toilet Bowl Cleanser:

1 cup Borax

¼ cup White Vinegar

Mix together and apply. Let this set for a few hours and then brush and flush.


For Removing Grease:

2 tbls White Vinegar

½ Tsp. Baking Soda

¼ Tsp. Liquid Soap

2 Cups Hot Water

Mix this all and place in a spray bottle.

You can use this solution to clean the oven too. Just let it sit for a few hours.


These are some small but great ways to help you live a greener and healthier life!

Be healthy going Green! It all starts with the small steps, one action at a time.






















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Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation
Who knew?  Thanks for sharing all this wisdom!
Jul 25, 2007 05:06 AM #1
Louisa Kastendick
Prudential Americana Group, Realtors - Henderson, NV
Cool Thanks, I have so may allergies I can't use many cleaning products, I usually just wet dust, but I admit I do disinfect everything from dishes to counter tops, because I have a weak immune system so eery little bug puts me out of work for a week.
Jul 25, 2007 05:12 AM #2
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate
Thank you so much for these recipes!  It's so great to find ways to keep the "products" out of your home, but still be clean.  These will come in handy!
Jul 25, 2007 05:14 AM #3
Katerina Gasset
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Margaret- yes, I agree, we must stop meeting this way, LOL. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I love the post you just posted today about the legacy of your matriarchs. 

Louisa- the chemicals you use to disinfect with are making your immune system even weaker. You have to develop your immune system. The first thing is with your mind. Start writing some affirmations: I am so happy and grateful I have a strong and healthy immune system. Read it every chance you get through out each day and before you sleep at night. Powerful stuff! Visit my blog posts for more info on this. Next you need to switch to vinegar and you can get some orange smelly natural disinfectants from Seventh and they are carried in Whole Foods, Nutrition World and other organic grocers. Next you must get on some good anti oxidants and vitamins. Not the kind from the stores; those do not work. You can contact via email to know more about the supplements that my family is on. Add Flax seed to all your meals. Eat red and dark green vegis. The more raw vegis you eat, the better.Eat sprouts. Sprouts are great anti oxidants. Hope this helps more. Katerina

Jim and Maria Hart- Thank you for visiting and commenting. These work great around the house. I use only these now! So much healthier for everyone and every living thing. Katerina

Jul 25, 2007 05:49 AM #4
Stephanie Edwards-Musa - The Woodlands, TX
knitwit at thred UP
Hi Katerina, thanks for the information. I will bookmark this.  I'm also going to forward this post to my mom.
Jul 25, 2007 12:13 PM #5
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Stephanie- Pass it on! Spread the word that we can live healthier. It is a choice! Thanks for the comment. Katerina
Jul 25, 2007 12:25 PM #6
Kathleen Garvey
HomeSmart Cherry Creek - Denver - Denver, CO
Denver's Neighborhood Expert - Listings & Sales
Thank you so much for these simple and 'natural' cleaning tips!  Having LESS chemicals around the home is soooo much better for us! Thanks!! Regards-Kathleen
Jul 26, 2007 02:40 AM #7
Katerina Gasset
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Kathleen- Thank you for your nice comment. Yes, it is much healthier for all living things! Katerina
Jul 26, 2007 02:56 AM #8
British Homes Group
British Homes Group - Kissimmee, FL
Great stuff....going green in real estate is becoming easier as more builders are building green homes and if we can all help just a little bit it really helps the planet.
Jul 26, 2007 03:06 AM #9
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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British Homes Group-Thank you for the comment. You are right, every little bit counts. I am curious about your company. Are you in England? Katerina
Jul 26, 2007 03:15 AM #10
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