Jul 4 2010

Make Your Own (DIY)… Mildew Remover!

This recipe will help you ward off mildew in the bathtub or shower. After you’re threw with your shower or bath, or after you clean, simply spray this cleaner on the surfaces and leave it!

Tea Tree and Lavender are effective adversaries to mildew, fungus and bacteria. This cleaner is a great way to keep your bathroom clean, while taking comfort in knowing that your family isn’t bathing in toxic chemical residue.

Mildew Remover

2 Cups Water

¼ Teaspoon tea tree

¼ teaspoon lavender

Add all the ingredients in a spray bottle and you’re all set to start winning the battle on mildew!

Here are a few side notes that I put in all my home cleaning product posts…….

Why make your own home cleaning products?

1)  It’s good for your health. While you’re cleaning you come in contact with many different chemicals on your skin and through your mouth and nose.  It’s not just one exposure that is the concern, it’s the cumulative effect. Toxins build up in your body over time and are stored in our cells.

Store bought products contain safe amounts of each individual ingredient, but when mixed with many other cleaning supplies the combination may not be safe. If you make your own, you won’t be handling and inhaling toxic fumes while you clean.

2. It’s good for the environment – First, no more empty containers will be going into the recycling, or worse yet the trash. Second, no more harmful chemicals going down our drains and into the water supply.  Many municipal water filtration systems are not designed to remove those types of chemicals. Therefor, they end up back in our water supply. What comes around goes around – whatever we put down the drain will come back in one way or another.

A few things to keep in mind when working with homemade cleaning products…….

1)  Residue – The first few times you use home cleaning products (especially window cleaner) you may notice some residue. There are two reasons for this. First, there is build-up from your previous cleaner that becomes visible. Second, homemade cleaners require a little extra elbow grease. You will have to work that sponge or rag (hopefully not paper towel) a little more, but it’s worth it.

2) Essential Oils – Although they are natural, they can be quite potent, so make sure to wear gloves when working with Lavender and Tea Tree Oil.

2 Comments

  1. Posted March 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Posted By: Spencer

    Hi Elizabeth, I love your site!! I noticed that you changed your domain name but still have the ‘notacoolmom’ reference in a lot of the videos as well as the graphic overlay at the beginning and end. I’ve worked with video editing for a long time and would gladly help you / advise you in editing around the videos to erase those mentions, as well as adding a new intro clip that could take the place and promote your new domain. Let me know and keep up the great work! -Spencer @ http://www.FurnApt.com

  2. Posted February 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Posted By: Robin

    Is there any problem with storing the cleaning solutions in the plastic bottles? Also, do you have a natural way to seal granite? Which cleaner would you advise to clean the granite counter tops?

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