Green Cleaning

When you want a spotless abode while staying true to Mother Nature, look no further.

Time for some ultimate housekeeping DIY. Making your own cleaning products is a lot easier than you think. Name-brand cleaners can get expensive, can be abrasive, and are sometimes harmful to children and pets. Using eco-friendly products will have your lungs and overall health thanking you, while keeping surfaces safe for children and pets. It’s time to save some green (as in cash!) by creating your own green cleaning supplies with the recipes below.

Basic Cleaning Ingredients to Have On Hand

  • Water
  • Lemon + Lemon Juice
  • Borax
  • Super Washing Soda
  • Baking Soda
  • White Vinegar
  • Essential Oils
  • Empty Containers and Jars
  • Empty Spray Bottles

 Vinyl + Tile Floor Cleaner

1 gallon of hot water

2 tablespoons of white vinegar

2 teaspoons of Castile soap

2 tablespoons of washing soda

10-20 drops of essential oil

Mix in a bucket and wash with a mop or with microfiber cloths.

 Powdered Laundry Detergent

1 bar of Castile soap (grated)

2 cups of borax

2 cups of super washing soda

1 cup of baking soda

30 drops of essential oil

Mix and store in an airtight container. Use one tablespoon per load.

Glass + Mirror Cleaner

1 cup of white vinegar

1 cup of water

3 drops of essential oil or peppermint

Mix ingredients and put in a spray bottle. Spray and wipe with a microfiber cloth.

Carpet Freshener

2 cups of baking soda

10-20 drops of essential oil

Mix + put in a jar with a shaker top. Sprinkle on carpet, let sit for 15 minutes and then vacuum up.

Hardwood Floor Cleaner

1 gallon of hot water

1/2 cup of white vinegar

2-3 drops of essential oil

Mix in a bucket. Wash with a mop or with a microfiber cloth.

Disinfectant

1/2 cup of white vinegar

2 cups of hot water

1 teaspoon of washing soda

10 drops of melaleuca (tea tree) oil

Mix, spray, and wipe clean.

All-Purpose Cleaners

1/2 cup of white vinegar

Juice of 1 lemon

2 cups of water

1/2 teaspoon of Castile soap

Mix, spray, and wipe clean.

 

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