How to use herb vinegar spray

■ Keep your dishwasher clean and fresh: Add '/2 cup (125 ml) Herb vinegar to the rinse cycle.

■ Cul grease and make glasses sparkle: Add 3 tablespoons Herb vinegar to the sink with the dishwashing detergent.

■ Dissolve mineral build-up on clogged shower heads: Soak overnight in diluted Herb vinegar.

■ Clean soap scum from a glass shower screen: Mix 2 parts sail with 1 pari Herb vinegar. Rub onto the screen with a cloth or fine steel wool. Rinse and dry.

■ Stop mold: Mix 2 teaspoons borax and 1 cup (250 ml) Herb vinegar. Apply with a cloth, leave for 30 minutes then wipe off

■ Clean the refrigerator: Wipe oul the fridge with Herb vinegar, then rub over with a sponge dipped in vanilla essence.

■ Remove mold from refrigerator door seats: Scrub the mold from ihe folds with an old toothbrush dipped in Herb vinegar.

■ Keep kitchen cloths fresh: Soak overnight in a solution of boiling water with a good dash of Herb vinegar and a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Rinse well.

■ Steam-dean the microwave: Place I cup (250 ml) water and 1/4 cup (60 ml) Herb vinegar in a bowl in the microwave and zap on High for 5 minutes. When it cools a little, use it to wipe the walls of the oven with a damp cloth.

All-purpose non-vinegar herbal cleanser

If you don't want to use vinegar in your herbal cleanser - perhaps because you have marble countertops that the acid in vinegar can damage - you can still make an all-purpose spray with water and a little extra cleaning power from borax.

fresh or dried herbs (or herbal tea bags)

2 tablespoons borax herbal essential oil (optional)

1 Prepare the herbs as for the All-purpose herb vinegar spray (opposite).

2 Pour over hot water to cover and allow to steep for a few days. Strain, then add the borax and a few drops of essential oil, if using.

3 Shake to mix well and decant into spray bottles.

Lemon-grapefruit dishwashing liquid When washing dishes use a tablespoonful of this dishwashing liquid in hot water. You could also use lavender or rosemary essential oil: both are good at cutting grease. As this is a soap, it does not produce as many suds as detergent, but it is still very effective.

3 tablespoons liquid Castile soap 2 cups (500 ml) warm water

2 teaspoons vegetable glycerine 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar 10 drops lemon essential oil 10 drops grapefruit essential oil

Mix all ingredients in a jar, cover and shake well to blend. Store in a plastic squeeze bottle.


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Rosemary handwash This foamy gel is ideal for keeping your hands clean while cooking, and the rosemary essential oil is antibacterial.

'/«to 'h cup (50 to 100 g) pure soap flakes 2 cups (500 ml) very hot water cup (60 ml) glycerine 'h teaspoon rosemary essential oil (or the herbal essential oil of your choice)

1 Put the soap flakes and the water in a bowl and whisk vigorously until the flakes have dissolved and you have a foam that is rather like whipped egg white. Cool to lukewarm.

2 Stir in the glycerine and the essential oil, whisk again and leave to cool. As the mixture cools, it becomes more solid, but if you have whisked enough, it should remain foamy. If it is too thick for a pump bottle, beat in more water.

3 To use, squirt a little into the palms of your hands, lather and rinse off.

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BORVX Disinfecting, stain-removing, deodorizing, mold-inhibiting, strongly alkaline sail thai breaks down easily in the environment: sofiens water and kills ants and cockroaches.


Moderately strong acid that is grease-cutting, moid-inhibiting, deodorizing and a disinfectant.

HERBAL ESSENTI AL OILS Many nils are disinfectanl. antibacterial and antifungal as well as sweel-smelling: use 100 percent pure essential oils.

LEMON .II ICE Mold-Inhibitor, deodorizer, slain remover and mild bleach.


100 percent bio-degradable. low-toxic, phosphate-free

Castile soap is available from health food or organic stores. For more information about this product, see Caslile soap facts, page 273.

SALT Mild abrasive and disinfectanl.

VEGETABLE GLYCERINE Non-toxic, useful cleaning product that helps mix oil with waier and dissolves many forms of dirt.

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Litrus and tea-tree disinfectant

Spray this disinfectant in the kitchen or bathroom, or into a smelly garbage bin. Increase its cleaning properties by adding 1 teaspoon liquid Castile soap to the solution. For extra disinfectant power, choose vinegar rather than water.

3'/j fl. oz. (50 ml) vodka or methylated spirits '/4 teaspoon tea-tree oil V< teaspoon lemon essential oil V4 teaspoon grapefruit essential oil 1 cup (250 ml) water or white distilled vinegar

1 Pour the vodka or methylated spirits and essential oils into a spray bottle and shake to combine.

2 Add the water or vinegar and shake for several minutes.

White goods cleaner Regular wiping with this cleaner will remove grubby fingermarks and leave the surfaces of freezers, refrigerators and washing machines looking like new without scratching them.

2 tablespoons phosphate-free dishwashing liquid 1 tablespoon cornflour 1 cup (250 ml) water 1 cup (250 ml) distilled white vinegar a few drops of herbal essential oil of your choice

1 Put the ingredients in a plastic spray bottle and shake gently to combine.

2 Spray a fine film of the mixture over the grubby surface and wipe clean with a soft cloth.

Continue reading here: Pure and simple dishwashing liquid

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