Green Your Clean: How to Make Non-Toxic Household Cleaners

Why make your own Green cleaners?

Most of the cleaners available on the market contain toxins and poisons. They might clean well, but they also contain dangerous ingredients that pollute your home.

With a few common household ingredients, you can clean your home effectively and be green at the same time. Making your own cleaners reduces your impact on the planet and reduces your household expenses. You will find homemade cleaners are quite cost effective.

How to make your own Green cleaners:

To make your own green cleaners you need a few simple ingredients:

  • White Distilled Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Castile Soap*
  • Reuseable Rags

*Castile soap is basically an olive oil based soap. It is gentle and natural enough you could wash your vegetables in it – should you so choose!

Using Natural Cleaners Around the House:

All-Purpose Scrub – Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with enough castile soap to make a paste. Use a sponge to scrub surfaces. Use a clean, damp rag to wipe up any residue.

Dishes – Stubborn baked-on goo? Rub tough spots with a paste of a baking soda and water. Let soak. Add straight vinegar and wash as usual! Messes will come right off.

Toilets - Add 1 cup vinegar to toilet bowl and allow to sit. After about 10 minutes, scrub and your toilet will be fresh and clean. For tough rings, add 1 cup baking soda to the bowl and use a toilet brush to scour.

Windows – Spray windows with straight vinegar. Use balled-up newspapers to wipe clean. Enjoy your clean, streak-free windows!

Carpets – Sprinkle carpets liberally with baking soda. Allow to sit for 15 minutes. Vacuum. Odors will be gone. Pet mess? Use a bit of vinegar on the spot to eliminate both the stain and the odor. Test the area first to make sure colors will not bleed!

Showers – For tough mold/mildew, spray with straight vinegar.  Allow to dry.  Wipe clean with a damp rag.  To clean and whiten grout and tiles, spray with a mixture of 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide, one cup water. Allow to dry. Wipe clean with a damp rag.

Laundry – Use straight hydrogen peroxide to get out chocolate, blood or red wine stains. Rub deodorant stains lightly with straight vinegar prior to throwing into the laundry to remove. To keep baby’s clothes soft, add 1 cup vinegar to the rinse cycle of your laundry.

What Works for Me:

I keep vinegar in a bottle with a pour spout top. You can find a pour spout at Target, Walmart….any place like that. I like the pour spout because you can turn the bottle almost completely upside down to be able to get under the rim of the toilet. I also like to add a bit of essential oil to the vinegar to add a more pleasant smell. Because oil and vinegar don’t mix (think of your salad dressings!), turning the bottle upside down also helps mix the oil and vinegar and I get a nice scent instead of straight vinegar!

I keep baking soda in an old round flower vase – reminiscent of a fish bowl. I have a decorative scoop in it and I have it placed in a glass cabinet in my bathroom. It looks decorative, and it is easy to grab a spoonful to sprinkle on carpets or right into the toilet to give it a scrub.

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Comments

  1. Awesome Andrea! Really informative! I think I will try making my own cleaners!

  2. Thanks so much for this list. With five little ones in our home, I have always been concerned with having harsh chemicals here. I also love the fact that it is less expensive to make your own. Great post!!

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  5. Molly Zeller says:

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  6. Love all your green cleaning ideas. I like having one blog site to go to for green ideas. I am wondering if you know of any green ideas for pest control. We stopped using a pest control in our home because of the chemicals but we now have a huge problem with spiders and small bugs. Do you have any ideas on how to get rid of them?

    Thanks.
    Shantel

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