This post is sponsored by Meliora K but as always, all opinions are my own.
What’s the best way to eat healthy? By cooking from scratch of course. Start with basic, whole food ingredients, instead of processed foods laden with preservatives and other chemical ingredients. Cook them with love in your own kitchen. Enjoy!
The same can be said for cleaning. Cleaning from scratch, using simple ingredients, is healthier, eco-friendly and economical. Many of the best ingredients are things you already have in your home, like vinegar, baking soda and lemon. Add some washing soda to your arsenal and you can pretty much clean anything.
Here are 4 simple cleaning recipes I’ve tried and I think you’ll love them too:
This soap based cleansing concoction is perfect for floors and walls as well as cleaning toys and other household items. I’ve been using it on my outdoor furniture too.
3 to 4 tablespoons soap flakes (such as Really Grate Soap Flakes or make your own*)
1 gallon warm water
Mix well in a large bowl or bucket and get washing.
*To make your own soap flakes, start with a bar of plain, cold pressed soap (like this No Frills Soap Bar). Grab a cheese grater and carefully grate the soap into flakes.
Basic All Purpose Spray
It’s amazing to think that you can tackle so many of life’s spills and messes with plain old vinegar and water. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant with antibacterial properties and costs just a few bucks a gallon. I keep a bottle of this spray under the kitchen sink.
2 cups water
1/3 cup white vinegar
Mix these two simple ingredients in a spray bottle. If you prefer a scented spray, add a few drops of fresh smelling essential oil – like lavender, eucalyptus or lemon.
With two boys in the house, I often need to put a little extra elbow grease into clothes before they go in the washing machine. This soap based scrub is great for grease or other stains.
1 teaspoon eco friendly laundry detergent (such as Right Hand Laundry Soap or make your own**)
1 teaspoon water
Mix ingredients together in a small container (I save old yogurt lids for things like this). Scrub into stain using an old toothbrush. Launder as usual.
**For homemade laundry detergent, mix 2 parts soap flakes, with 1 part each baking soda and washing soda.
P.S. I’ve heard that this scrub works wonders on grimy pots and pans too!
Lemony Drain Cleaner
This easy recipe will leave your drain clean and lemony fresh.
1/2 cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar
Juice from 1/2 lemon + rind
Sprinkle baking soda down drain. Mix vinegar and lemon juice and pour down drain. Wait 5 minutes, then let hot water run for a bit (about 1 gallon worth). Finally, put leftover lemon peel into drain and grind using garbage disposal.
Meliora K is a small, family owned company making cleaning products from scratch. The idea for the business came to founder Kate Jakubas after learning about the toxic chemical mixtures in conventional cleaning products. Kate would love to sell you her homemade products but she is so committed to changing the way people clean that she’s willing to give out the recipes for her products so you can make them yourself. Now that’s dedication!
Would you like to try Meliora K’s products out for yourself? Kate is giving away a set of her cleaning products to one Mindful Momma reader. The lucky winner will receive 2 bags of Right Hand Laundry Soap, 1 bag of Really Grate Soap Flakes and 1 No Frills Soap Bar – a $40 value.
Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. The giveaway will run through midnight on Monday, July 14th, 2014.