i've just moved into my new rental this friday and decided that i'm going to try to use natural cleaners, ie. baking soda, vinegar, borax, etc. to keep my place spic and span.
i didn't catch any previous posts about this... but i'm pretty sure there are some hounds out there that've been doing this for ages.
i'm specifically looking for an alternative for dishwasher liquid but would love any tips or "recipes" that work particularly well.
my fave cheapo kitchen cleaner in a spraybottle: 1 cup water 1/4 cup whit vinegar, 1/2 tsp dish soap.
but mostly a funny story:
so i recently purchased "seventh generation" toilet bowl cleaner: biodegradable, nontoxic, safe for wildlife, etc.-- it works great btw-- and was reading their ingredient list (all 5)-- at the end there is color for visibility, and natural scent-- mint. sweet.
so SK is doing housework one day and i squirt the new bowl cleaner in the john, and leave it there for about 10 mins, as is my custom, before scrubbing it out. minty fresh smell! i leave the bathroom to do laundry or something, and return to find my cat spread-eagled over the toilet bowl SLURPING AWAY!
i'm like EEW YUCK what the heck are you doing you dumb cat and he just looks at me as if to say-- thanks for getting me this new minty kitty gargle. well at least it's "safe for wildlife"! the other cat showed no interest whatsoever but bc of this cat i must close the door while doing natural toilet cleaning at my house. my mom thinks that it's the botanical link between mint and catnip and since the seventh generation stuff uses the real mint oil and not synthetic petro-crud. . .
so be aware of unpredictable er, pet response to some products. In my area we love the RESTORE products-- i am particularly fond of their super-concentrated green laundry soap. :)
Here's several natural cleaning "recipes" - including for automatic dishwasher soap.
If you want to buy it, Seventh Generation makes several natural products; my local Stop & Shop carries a lot of their products.