Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Green Cleaning: Homemade Citrus Enzyme Cleaner

You'll save a fortune on cleaning products around
the home with this multi-purpose citrus scented enzyme cleaner

Bumpalicious Fashions are going green! We're continuing our Back To Basics month with this homemade citrus enzyme cleaner. 

This homemade citrus enzyme cleaner is one of the easiest green cleaning products that you can make.  It's safe to use on chopping boards and around food preparation surfaces. It's very easy on the purse strings costing about $2 for 4Litres. It's eco-friendly so you can feel good about doing your little bit for the environment. 

Perhaps my favourite reason for going green and making my own cleaning products is that I can give it to the kids and tell them to go crazy! It's completely child safe. Far from "keeping out of reach of children" I can give this to my kids and make them clean up after themselves. 

Think about that for a minute.... you can give your little "helper" (in want of a better word) a sponge and some spray then put them to work on your cupboards and tables with complete peace of mind. 

You can thank me later. 

  • It's cost effective
  • Its a child friendly cleaning product (so you can train them young)
  • It's food safe (unlike spray & wipe chemical cleaners) so you can use it on chopping boards and high chairs
  • It hasn't been linked to a rise in asthma & allergies, unlike chemical based cleaners
  • It's environmentally friendly
  • It has antibacterial properties
  • It's easy
  • And it actually works. This stuff really is effective. 

Take your time. Spray it on and let it rest for a few minutes. The naturally occurring enzymes in the citrus and the vinegar will do the heavy lifting for you. If it's really stubborn (like greasy stovetops and scum bathroom sinks) then sprinkle a little bicarb soda onto the stain then spray the citrus vinegar on. The kids will love watching it sizzle away... you'll have then washing sinks and showers in no time!

For makeup stains around the bathroom, for stubborn messes and greasy ovens you can make your own Gumption out of this homemade citrus cleaner. Take a small container (preferably something with a lid that you can seal) and fill it with bicarb soda. 

Slowly pour a little citrus cleaner into the jar until it's a thick porridge-like consistency. Smear it onto your most stubborn messes and let it rest for a few moments before spraying with the citrus cleaner and wiping away. 

Some inspiring thoughts about changing bodies & baby weight as well as more fun food ideas for fussy kids. We've dedicated the whole month to getting Back to Basics with green cleaning tips, homemade gifts and money saving ideas. If you haven't already found us on Facebook we'd love to see you over there. 

Read on for more inspiring ideas about how to use vinegar around the home.

Verstile Vinegar
Vinegar is one of the most useful and most affordable products you can bring into your home. Check out just a few ways you can use vinegar around the home...and think of the money you can save by using vinegar instead of buying:

  • fridge deodorisers
  • fabric softeners
  • DVD cleaning products
  • shower cleaning products
  • Anti dandruff shampoos
  • jewellery cleaners
  • and more!
Cleaner for Gold Jewelry (Winner of June 2007 Vinegar Online Use Contest)Use one cup apple cider vinegar.  Submerge solid gold jewelry item in vinegar for 15 minutes.  Remove and dry with cloth.
Worn DVDs:
If you have a worn DVD that has begun to stick or suffers from the occasional freeze-frame, wipe it down with white distilled vinegar applied to a soft cloth.  Ensure the DVD is completely dry before re-inserting in the DVD player.  (Note:  This only works on DVDs that are scratched of dirty through normal wear.)
Frosted windows:
For those rare winter mornings when there is frost on the car, wipe the windows the night before with a solution of one part water to three parts white distilled vinegar.  They won’t frost over.
Mix olive oil and vinegar in a one-to-one ratio and polish with a soft cloth.  Try in an inconspicuous place first.
Removing stickers:
To remove bumper sticker residue, try cleaning with vinegar. Wipe the surface repeatedly with white distilled vinegar until it is soaked. In a few minutes, it should peel off easily. Test on a small invisible area of the car to ensure there will be no damage to the paint.
Keep Cut Flowers LongerKeep flowers fresh longer.  Add 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons white vinegar in a 1-quart vase of water.  Trim stems and change water every five days.
Ant deterrent:
Ant invasions can sometimes be deterred by washing counter tops, cabinets and floors with white distilled vinegar.

Coffee maker cleaner (automatic):
White distilled vinegar can help to dissolve mineral deposits that collect in automatic drip coffee makers from hard water. Fill the reservoir with white distilled vinegar and run it through a brewing cycle. Rinse thoroughly with water when the cycle is finished. (Be sure to check the owner’s manual for specific instructions.)
Clean the microwave:
Boil a solution of 1/4 cup of white distilled vinegar and 1 cup of water in the microwave. Will loosen splattered on food and deodorize.
Deodorize the kitchen drain:
Pour a cup of white distilled vinegar down the drain once a week. Let stand 30 minutes and then flush with cold water.
Clean the refrigerator:
Wash with a solution of equal parts water and white distilled vinegar.

Cleaning Stainless Steel AppliancesCleaning with vinegar makes it easier to remove streaks from stainless steel appliances. Apply vinegar with a soft cloth.  Try in an inconspicuous place first.
Cleaner Dishes and Glasses:Pour 1 ½ cup to 2 cups white distilled vinegar in the bottom of dishwasher, along with regular dishwasher soap.  Wash full cycle. 
Remove Refrigerator Smells:
Place 1 cup apple cider vinegar in a glass and set in refrigerator.  Within 2 days, any smell is gone!.

Bathtub film:
Bathtub film can be removed by wiping with white distilled vinegar and then with soda. Rinse clean with water.
Shower doors:
Rub down shower doors with a sponge soaked in white distilled vinegar to remove soap residue.
Toilet bowl cleaner:
Stubborn stains can be removed from the toilet by cleaning with white distilled vinegar and brushing vigorously. The bowl may be deodorized by adding 3 cups of white distilled vinegar. Allow it to remain for a half hour, then flush.
Unclog the showerhead:
Corrosion may be removed from showerheads or faucets by soaking them in white distilled vinegar overnight. This may be easily accomplished by saturating a terry cloth towel in vinegar and wrapping it around the showerhead or faucet.

Freshen baby clothes:
The addition of 1 cup of white distilled vinegar to each load of baby clothes during the rinse cycle will naturally break down uric acid and soapy residue leaving the clothes soft and fresh.
Clothes washing magic:
Vinegar is an all natural fabric softer. Clothes will rinse better if 1 cup of white distilled vinegar is added to the last rinse water. The acid in vinegar is too mild to harm fabrics, but strong enough to dissolve the alkalies in soaps and detergents. 
Blanket renewal:
Cotton and wool blankets become soft, fluffy and free of soap odor if 2 cups of white distilled vinegar are added to the rinse cycle of the wash.
Keeping colors fast:
To hold colors in fabrics, which tend to run, soak them for a few minutes in white distilled vinegar before washing.

Leather cleaning:
Leather articles can be cleaned with a mixture of white distilled vinegar and linseed oil. Rub the mixture into the leather and then polish with a soft cloth.

Scorch marks: Lightly rub white distilled vinegar on fabric that has been slightly scorched. Wipe with a clean cloth.

Pet accidents on the carpet:
Test the color fastness of the carpet with white distilled vinegar in an inconspicuous place. Then sprinkle distilled vinegar over the fresh pet accident. Wait a few minutes and sponge from the center outward. Blot up with a dry cloth. This procedure may need to be repeated for stubborn stains.
Get Rid of Odor on a Smelly Dog
Wet the dog down with fresh water.  Use a mixture of 1 cup white distilled vinegar and 2 gallons water.  Saturate the dog’s coat with this solution.  Dry the dog off without rinsing the solution.  The smell will be gone!

Relief from Heartburn:
For relief of heartburn or acid indigestion, take one or two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar.
Soothe a bee or jellyfish sting:
Douse with vinegar. It will soothe irritation and relieve itching.
Relieve sunburn:
Lightly rub white distilled or cider vinegar on skin. Reapply as needed.
Relieve dry and itchy skin:
Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to your bath water.
Fight dandruff:
After shampooing, rinse with a solution of ½ cup vinegar and 2 cups of warm water.
Soothe a sore throat:
Put a teaspoon of vinegar in a glass of water. Gargle, then swallow. For another great gargle: 1 cup hot water, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon vinegar, gargle then drink.
Treat sinus infections and chest colds:
Add 1/4 cup or more vinegar to the vaporizer. (Be sure to check vaporizer instructions for additional water measurement.)
Skin burns: 
Apply ice-cold vinegar right away for fast relief. Will prevent burn blisters.
Chest congestion:
To clear up respiratory congestion, inhale a vapor mist from steaming pot containing water and several spoonfuls of vinegar.
Toenail fungus:
Soak toes in a solution of vinegar and water, using 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water, 15 minutes per day.
Arthritis Relief:
Mix a teaspoon of half apple cider vinegar, half honey in a glass of water with a teaspoon of orange flavored Knox gelatin.
Natural Remedy for Morning Sickness:
Sweeten a little apple cider vinegar mixed into a glass of water. This concoction can help calm a queasy stomach.
Stop Itching:
Apply a paste made from vinegar and cornstarch.  Keep on until itch disappears. 
Cleaning Heavily Soiled Hands:
Moisten cornmeal with apple cider vinegar.  Scrub hands, rinse in cold water and pat dry. 
Soft Feet:
Combine 1 cup white distilled vinegar to 2 gallons warm water.  Soak feet for 45 minutes then use a pumice stone or file to remove dead skin from heels and callused areas of feet.
Wart Remover:
Mix lukewarm/warm water with a cup of white distilled vinegar.  Immerse area with wart and soak 20 minutes everyday until wart disappears. 
Bug Spray:
Combine equal amounts of water, white distilled vinegar and liquid dish soap in a spray bottle.  Use on skin, as needed. 

1 comment:

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