Vinegar and water go together like peanut butter and jelly when it comes to cleaning the house. So I say, why not ditch the nasty chemical and petrolum-based cleaners in your home and make your own eco-friendly products. Why you ask?
- There is less packaging waste. You are not buying new bottles over and over again.
- It is good for your wallet.
- It is less harmful or actually not harmful at all to humans, animals, and the environment.
- Homemade natural cleaners always smell better than store bought.
Did you know:
- White Vinegar: cuts grease, deodorizes, and disinfects
- Baking Soda: cuts grease, deodorizes, lifts dirt and whitens
- Essential oils (tea tree, clove, lavender etc): cuts grease, deodorizes, and disinfects
- Lemon juice: disinfects, and whitens
- Oil (olive, sunflower etc): lifts dirt
- Castile Soap (Dr.Bronners): cuts grease, and lifts dirt’
I pretty much use vinegar, water and lemon, oh and sometimes essential oils for everything! I am lazy like that. I can’t be bothered to mix all the different ingredients and have a zillions bottles.
Here are a few of my favorite DIY (do it yourself) cleaners. Feel free to mix and match and change it up. Do what works for you.
All purpose cleaner:
- 1/4 Cup Vinegar
- 1-2 tsp lemon juice
- optional: essential oils
Add to spray bottle and fill remaining amount with hot water.
Glass and mirror:
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- Spray and wipe with a cloth
- just plain old water.
All purpose non-abrasive scrubber (tubes, tiles, sinks):
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup castile soap
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup vinegar
Mix in a spray bottle and clean away.
Disinfectant floor cleaner:
- 1 gallon warm water (bucket)
- 2 Tbsp vinegar
- a small squeeze of castile soap
- 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
- optional: 4 drops of tea tree oil
Furniture polish (test in wood before):
- 2 cup water
- 1Tbsp oil
- 1 Tbsp vinegar or lemon juice
- Mix in a spray bottle
- 1 cup or more baking soda
- A squirt or two of castile soap
Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven. Cover the bottom of the oven with enough baking soda. Let it sit over night to allow the the grime to loosen. Wipe up. Maybe add a little Castile soap on your rag to wash the remaining residue from the oven. If if doesn’t work well, try adding more baking soda next time.
Stainless Steel Cleaner (removes smudges from stainless appliances):
- 1 Tbsp oil
- 1 Tbsp white vinegar
- Put oil on a cloth and rub on surface to get rid of smudges. Dab white vinegar on the other side of the cloth. Wipe and let dry.
So there it is; versatile, affordable, non-toxic homemade cleaning recipes! These recipes all make me smile knowing the positive impact they have on the environment.
When will you make the switch and add a little more green to your life?
Thank you to Queen of Green for a few of her DIY cleaner recipes. Go check her out; it is so worth the read.
Source: Queen of Green Recipes
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