Becoming self-sufficient isn’t just about raising your own food and having farm animals. It is also about taking steps to “clean” up what you use in your home. I already shared ideas for the laundry room. My next step is to help you have some alternatives to household cleaners.
First up, mold and mildew cleaner. When I used to spray mildew cleaner in my shower I could hardly breathe. Inhaling it seemed like a bad idea. The mold and mildew cleaner recipe I’m sharing with you has only 2 ingredients and both of them are words you can pronounce!
*1 cup vinegar
*25 drops tea tree oil
Mix those into a glass spray bottle. Spray it on the moldy surface and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then wipe or scrub clean. Sometimes you may need to do this a second time to get everything.
We have problems in our Jacuzzi tub with mold growing around the jets. It is a constant battle. So here are before and after pictures from when I used the above spray.
The only thing left on the jets are some hard water deposits, which I can get out with some additional vinegar and elbow grease.
Isn’t that great? I will now use this once a week or so as a preventative cleaner. How does this solution work? Vinegar is a great natural cleaner and acts as a disinfectant. It will be the main component for many of my cleaning supply recipes I share. Tea tree oil is an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial essential oil, which gives this spray quite a punch.
Always store any cleaning supplies that contain essential oils in a glass bottle, because the oils can react with plastic.
There are many other mold and mildew cleaners out there you can make. Usually they will use hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, baking soda, or a combination. The point is that you are not spraying chemicals in your home. Think about spraying your tub with the chemical laden sprays and then soaking in the residues. Not good!
If you plan to start trying some of the cleaning recipes I share, you might as well go out and buy a big container of vinegar now! 😉 Happy cleaning!