Green Cleaning: Natural DIY Cleaners for Your Entire Home

Green Cleaning: Natural DIY Cleaners for your Entire Home
Green Clean

Taken a trip down the cleaning aisle at the grocery store lately? Is it just me or are cleaning supplies becoming just as expensive as diapers and formula? I might be exaggerating a bit, but it can be difficult to stick to a budget when the price of cleaning supplies are on the rise. And if you believe the ad hype, you can’t keep a clean house without loading your shopping cart with a different cleaner for each surface, floor, and sink in the house.

I have found this to be completely false. Simple recipes using products from your pantry make effective and inexpensive household cleaning solutions. An added plus? These natural products are more environmentally friendly than commercial alternatives.

Stock your cleaning tool tote with these homemade cleaning sprays and solutions to make short work of household grime–without harsh chemicals or irritating fumes. Some of these I have tried and some of these my friends have tried, but they are all great alternatives to their costly counterparts.

Green Cleaning: Natural DIY Cleaners for your Entire Home
Bathroom cleaning

Multi-Purpose Spray (*Replaces Formula 409)

Use this all-purpose spray on kitchen countertops, appliances, bathroom floors, shower walls, and toilets. Basically any place that needs to be cleaned! For particularly nasty messes, such as a countertop after you’ve handled raw meat on it, squirt straight white vinegar on the surface, and follow with a squirt of hydrogen peroxide to knock out virtually all germs. (Remember to do a spot test first to make certain the surface doesn’t discolor or otherwise react).

Mix in a sprayer bottle:

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon dish detergent

Glass Cleaner (*Replaces Windex)

Use this glass cleaning spray recipe for windows, mirrors, chrome fixtures and for a shiny finish on hard-surface ceramic tiles.

Mix in a sprayer bottle:

  • 1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

Tile Cleaner (*Replaces Tilex)

Common tile cleaners are laced with dozens of contaminants, including chemicals linked to cancer, reproductive damage, and hormonal harm. To clean greener, make your own scrubbing paste.

Mix as below:

  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 1 cup Liquid soap
  • 5 to 10 drops of pure essential oil of lavender or rosemary, or tea tree oil*

Place baking soda in a bowl; slowly pour in liquid soap, stirring until it looks like frosting. Add optional essential oils. Scoop onto a sponge, scrub, and rinse. You can also try cutting a lemon in half and using that as a scrubber.

Oven Cleaner (*Replaces Easy Off)

Avoid polluting your indoor air with the harsh ingredients that are often found in store-bought oven cleaners by using this homemade cleaning mix.

Mix as below:

  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 tablespoon dish detergent
  • 1 teaspoon borax

Mix the ingredients, spray on a spill, let sit for 20 minutes, and wipe off with a clean cloth. For handling an extra-greasy mess, wipe off as much loose goop as possible with old newspaper or towels first, then use the spray.

Green Cleaning: Natural DIY Cleaners for your Entire Home
Dusting supplies

Furniture Polish (*Replaces Pledge)

Because household dust can be loaded with harmful substances like flame retardants, allergens, pesticides, and plastics chemicals, it’s important to keep your home as clean as possible. However, many dust cleaners contain air contaminants and hormone-disrupting chemicals. Keep it safe by mixing up your own and using it to dust furniture and other surfaces where dust collects in your home.

Mix as below:

  • 10 drops pure lemon oil*
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • A few drops olive oil

All-Natural Air Freshener (*Replaces Glade Plug Ins)

It’s ironic, but most air fresheners, because they’re full of allergy- and asthma-inducing chemicals, actually worsen air quality. You could set out a bowl of white vinegar to naturally remove odors, but here’s a recipe with a little added pizzaz.

Mix as below:

  • Several orange peels
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • several cloves
  • 8-10 cups of water

To get rid of tough kitchen odors, bring the pot of water to a boil with the orange peels, cloves, and cinnamon sticks, and leave it simmering on the stove for a while. Want to take your home fragrance up a notch? Check out our Top 5 Homemade Holiday Fragrances.

Floor Cleaner (*Replaces Pine Sol)

Vinegar is a safe, nontoxic antiseptic that you can let dry on nearly any type of flooring including linoleum, vinyl, tile and wood. The castile soap offers just enough detergent to dislodge stubborn dirt.

Mix as below:

  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • ½ capful liquid castile soap
  • 2 gallons warm water

Add vinegar and soap to a bucket, then add water (stopping about 7 inches from the top). Swish with mop to mix. Wring out mop and wash floors, but don’t get them too wet. Let air-dry—no rinsing necessary.

Carpet Cleaner (*Replaces Arm & Hammer Carpet Deodorizer)

Some carpet cleaners contain hydroxyacetic acid, butoxyethanol, monohexyl ether, alcohol, bleaches and enzymes that they recommend do not come into contact with the skin. So, why use them on something you walk on all the time?

Mix as below:

  • 2 cups Borax
  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 10 drops Essential Oil (Peppermint, Rosemary, Lavender, Lemon, etc)

Add all your ingredients into a mixing bowl. If the mixture is clumpy, just break them up. Put your cleaner in a container or sprinkle by hand over the carpet. Let it sit for half a hour and then vacuum it up.

* We recommend www.mountainroseherbs.com for purchasing essential oils. Their products are all natural and are 100% organic. In addition, they offer a wide range of products including candles and bulk herbs.

 

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