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Creamy Soft Scrub Cleanser – this is perfect for cleaning bathtubs and sinks.

Ingredients:

Baking Soda

Vegetable Glycerin – optional

Liquid Detergent

Sponge

Bowl

Pour one-half cup of baking soda into a bowl. Add enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge and wash the surface. This recipe rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit.  You can add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store it in a sealed glass jar to keep the product moist. Otherwise just make as much as you need at a time.

 

Eucalyptus-Mint Disinfecting Soap –  This soap is great for cleaning dishes, floors, stoves, sinks, and hands.

5 cups grated castile soap

½ cup baking soda

1 tsp. borax

1 tsp. eucalyptus oil

6 cups hot peppermint tea, made with 6 tbsp. fresh peppermint or 8-12 tea bags

Place the castile soap in a 3-quart stainless steel saucepan. Add the tea mixing well. If you are making the tea with fresh herbs bring the water to a boil, add in the tea bags and simmer for 10 minutes then strain.

Simmer very low for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the baking soda, borax, and eucalyptus oil. Stir well to blend all the ingredients.

Store the soap in a plastic jug or squirt bottle. Shake well before using.

 

Natural Mold Killers

 

Tea Tree

Nothing natural works for mold and mildew as well as this tea tree essential oil. Note that

the smell of tea tree oil is very strong, but it will dissipate in a few days.

2 teaspoons tea tree oil

2 cups water

Combine these ingredients in a spray bottle using a funnel to make sure the water gets

into the bottle then add the tea tree oil, shake to blend and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse. You can store whatever is left in the bottle. Just make sure to shake it up each time before you use it.

 

Vinegar Spray

Essential oil

Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82 percent of mold. Pour some white distilled vinegar

straight into a spray bottle, add a few drops of essential oil and spray on the moldy area.

Let it set without rinsing. The smell will dissipate in a few hours.

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