Monday, July 14, 2008

Toxic House

I try to avoid crazy cleansers with carcinogens and who knows what. One: they often contain poisons; two, cats, a dog, and humans live in my home; three: why buy when you can diy?; four: why buy and make D*w Chemical that much more richer?

From Threadbanger:

All Purpose Natural Scrub:
Equal parts White Vinegar and Salt
Scrub with a natural cloth
Store in glass, with lid

Natural Glass Cleaner
1/4 cup vinegar
1 tbs cornstarch
1 qt warm water
pour in spray bottle

all purpose, gentle on antique wood
1-2tbsp dr bronners
spray bottle full of warm water

powerful anti mold spray
2 drops tea tree oil
1 cup water

Recipes that I've had so long or adapted, and can't remember the sources:

Gentle Bathtub/Sing Scrub
Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda and enough liquid dish soap to make a frostingesque texture. Put like 1 tbsp on a sponge, and gently scrub yer tub. Can store in a lidded container.

Glass Cleaner:
Put 1/4 to 1/2 cup white vinegar into a spray bottle. Fill the rest of the way with warm water. Shake. Spray. Wipe off with newspaper or cottony cloth. My fiance hates the smell of the vinegar, so lavender essential oil is a fairly essential addition for us, for the smell factor more than the other benefits of lavender...

Mold Demolisher:
Mix 1/2 cup hydrogen pyroxide + 1 cup water. Spray or wipe on the surface. Feel free to douse the area! Let it dry. This can lift the color / bleach things a bit, so be careful.

For the microwave, place a sponge in a microwave-safe bowl of water. Nuke for 2 minutes or so, until the water's hot enough to convert to steam. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes without opening. Then take the sponge (if it's too hot, let it cool) and wipe out the softened crap on the sides and top of your microwave.
For the oven: place water in an oven-safe bowl or glass dish. Heat oven until water is converting to steam. Let "cook" for half an hour or so. Take a sponge and wipe out what you can, and use a baking soda and water paste to remove the rest.

I like to add tea-tree, lavender, and/or citrus essential oils to some of this stuff. Those all have some anti-microbial action, and smell pretty good too. THE CITRUS OILS CAN BE A BIT IRRITATING to your skin, burning even, so be sure to dilute and use carefully.

Info on Dow:
Our Unethical Tests Show That Nerve Poison is Safe
The long-term failure of India and the U.S. to hold Dow/Carbide accountable for what happened in Bhopal
The Amazing Yes Men
Dow Ethics . rotfcmao

Cleanser Recipe Sources:
Threadbanger's Decor It Yourself


Christopher And Tia said...

I'm totally using your microwave cleaning tip. Our microwave is BAD. So bad that I'm actually going to leave a cute little note, directing Christopher to your blog, with a smiley face next to the word "microwave?" and see what happens, haha.

xx Tia

Hybrid Hopes said...

Wooo! Glad to be of assistance. That reminds me - I gotta mail Chris's birthday present.

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