green cleaning

Dry Carpet Freshener

by Daisy Cleaning Products

I gaze in horror at the tv ads for spray fresheners. The lady of the house spritzes away like a madwoman then sticks her nose right in the middle of it and inhales deeply.  She goes after it all: sneakers, beds, clothes, everything. Why, I wonder, don’t they just clean the stinky things? If my […]

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Homemade Car Air Freshener

by Daisy Cleaning Products

My car doesn’t smell bad to me, but someone was making a stink-face every time we had to go somewhere. Enter child-labor. What we did: Draw (or have someone draw) the motif of choice. Someone wanted a star. Cut out pattern and pin to felt of choice and cut out: Make two: Pin together and […]

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Homemade Furniture Cleaner

by Daisy Cleaning Products

It’s a little early for Halloween, but I wanted to show you what’s happened to my furniture. The rain finally quit, but the extreme humidity left a moldy, green haze on everything. Pretty gross. It got me thinking about furniture cleaners/polish, and how I hate the petroleum smell of store-bought. It lingers and doesn’t do […]

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Homemade Vegetable and Fruit Wash

by Daisy Cleaning Products

I live and die by this salad spinner. She’s no spring chicken, though. She has a pull string. She has those little hairline cracks from being dropped too many times. She’s been with me a long, long time. I use the strainer part to carry vegetables from the garden to the kitchen for their baths. […]

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100% Natural Drain Cleaner

by Daisy Cleaning Products

Last night, around nine o’clock, my husband and I had HAD IT with our left bathroom sink drain. It has been clogging worse and worse every day for weeks. So, I employed my 100% Natural Drain Cleaner–taught to me by a dear plumber friend: Step 1: Get a bucket. Step 2: Put bucket under u-shaped […]

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Homemade Lard or Crisco Soap

by Daisy Crafts

Lard soap and Crisco soap are LOW BUBBLING soaps, which make them especially good for laundry and scrubbing yicky stuff around the house. Additionally, they are CHEAP AS ALL GET-OUT to make. They’re the only soaps I’ve found that can beat Ivory on price. 1. Melt one pound of lard or veggie shortening in a […]

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Easy Cleaning and Laundry Solutions

by Daisy Cleaning Products

If you are looking for the laundry detergent recipe, it’s right here. This post is about all the other green substitutions you can make in under a minute. Color Safe Bleach: 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide, 1 part water–Use like store-bought Fabric Softener: Pure vinegar. I use this with my homemade detergent. I don’t know which […]

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Homemade Wet-Jet Pads and Solution

by Daisy Cleaning Products

Dear TL, I know it irks you as much as it does me to BUY swiffer pads and solution. So, I created a pictorial tutorial on avoiding the refill monster entirely. You will need: swiffer wet-jet microfiber washcloths (scrubby kind if you want to be FANCY–5$) good scissors frayblock, fraycheck, or the like cup of […]

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Homemade Laundry Detergent–Dry and Liquid

by Daisy Cleaning Products

**Update 5/31/12**  Old recipe.  Liquid loses power over time.  See THIS post for new tutorial. To make your own low-bubbling detergent for both high efficiency and traditional machines, you need four ingredients: Borax, Washing Soda, Soap, and Water Borax and Washing soda can usually be found in the laundry aisle of any good grocery. Pretty much […]

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