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 bow.! 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.
Look for a price point of less than $3 for one gallon white distilled vinegar. Want more savings? Register with Heinz to get a coupon for .50 off. Although, I have found the store brands offer quite a bit of savings over name brand.
Look for a price point of about $1.25 or less for 2 lbs of baking soda. Want more savings? Register with Arm & Hammer to get coupon offers for baking soda. Again, store brands tend to be really inexpensive without needing a coupon
Still want the ease of purchasing a pre-made but eco-friendly household cleaner? Register with Seventh Generation to be able to print coupons. A coupon times a year Target releases a Seventh Generation coupon. When combined with a regular Seventh Generation coupon, you can usually find all-purpose spray or dishwashing detergent for under $1!
This is part of my Resolutionize Your Green Life series! If you are new, you’ll want to read how to Green Your Grocery List.
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