Diy Green Household Cleaners

Copyright © 2010 Cherie Kuranko ~ “InkSpot”

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There is a growing market for green household cleaners as more people become aware of the benefits of using environmentally friendly cleaners in their homes. Buying green cleaners online can sometimes be more expensive than the standard cleaners purchased from the local grocery store; however, you can make your own at home and save on the household budget while doing your part to protect the environment and health of your family.

Using just the following ingredients you can create a wide array of earth friendly products to use and they do a very good job cleaning as well.

  • water

  • vinegar

  • baking soda

  • liquid castile soap or Murphy’s Soap

  • salt

  • vegetable oil

  • tea tree oil

WINDOW AND MIRROR CLEANER:

Using an empty window cleaner spray bottle (rinse first), add 1/4 cup of vinegar and then fill remainder of bottle with water. Shake well and spray on the window or mirror. Use rewashable lint-free rags, an old diaper or even newspaper and wash as you normally would using other window/mirror cleaning products.

LINOLEUM FLOOR CLEANER:

Fill your mop bucket with warm water and about 1/2 cup of vinegar. Mop as usual. The vinegar odor will disappear as the floor dries.

TUB & SINK CLEANER:

Baking soda is an inexpensive way to replace your scouring powders with a green product. Sprinkle it on and then rub with a sponge dampened with warm water. For stubborn stains, try adding a little soap.

HARD WATER STAINS:

Make a smooth, pasty mixture out of fireplace ashes, water and a couple drops of liquid soap. You can use an old toothbrush to scrub. To avoid any hazy film residue, be sure to rinse well.

TOILET BOWL CLEANER:

Sprinkle baking soda inside the toilet bowl and add a few drops of liquid castile soap. Scrub with a brush first and then use a rag to rinse any remaining residue from the sides. Flushing a few times helps in the rinsing process. For stubborn stains you can try using the hard water stain cleaner.

DRAIN CLEANER:

Rather than using toxic drain cleaners to unclog your drain, first try this homemade green cleaner. First, heat up a kettle of boiling hot water and let it cool a bit.  Then, pour a 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a 1/2 cup vinegar. It will fizz a bit. Wait a few minutes and then pour the entire kettle of boiling water down the drain. You can repeat this process if necessary. You can also use a snake or a plunger to help break up the clog and get the drain flowing properly. Baking soda is also great for reducing odors in drains. After cleaning out your fridge, remove your old box of baking soda and pour it down the drain with water.

OVEN CLEANER:

Once again, baking soda and water made into a paste, can be used to clean the oven. Mix about 1 cup of baking soda with water and stir to form a pasty substance. Using a sponge or rag apply it to oven surfaces and leave it for a few minutes. You can then use a scrub pad to clean the oven. A handy new kitchen gadget, a plastic no-scratch pan scraper, works better than a butter knife or spatula for getting off hardened, baked-on spills from the oven without causing damage. While this does require a bit more “elbow grease,” you don’t have to worry about the toxic fumes common with most oven cleaners. CAUTION:  DO NOT USE THIS ON SELF-CLEANING OVENS.

COPPER CLEANER:

Using equal parts of salt and vinegar (about a tablespoon), apply the green copper cleaner to the surface with a soft cloth. Gently scrub the copper area. DO NOT USE this on lacquered finishes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water after cleaning or it may cause your pot to corrode. You can then apply a few drops of vegetable oil with a soft cloth, rubbing it to a brilliant shine.

TRUE HARDWOOD FLOORS:

Who says old-fashioned ideas are out of style, especially when they provide a healthy alternative to toxic cleaners in your house. If you have true hardwood floors, one of the best cleaners you can use is warm water and vinegar. 1/2-1 cup in a mop bucket is sufficient and cleans the floors very well.

COUNTERTOPS – NATURAL DISINFECTANT:

A great natural disinfectant for killing germs on countertops is to use 2 cups warm water, 3 tbsp liquid soap and about 25 drops of tea tree oil. Put ingredients in spray bottle and shake well. Use on bathroom or kitchen countertops with a soft cloth or sponge. Germ and chemical free.

DIY green household cleaners are very effective for cleaning your home. They are safe and inexpensive and now you can go green in your home now that you know how to make your own cleaning supplies. Makes a great house warming basket-style gift–so share the recipes and welcome your friends into a friendlier, greener way to keep their house clean.

OTHER GREEN CLEANING & HOME PRODUCTS TO MAKE AT HOME:

Natural & Green Laundry Soap Recipes

How to Make Dryer Sheets: Natural, Green & Easy

Natural Dish Washer and Liquid Dish & Hand Soap Recipes

Copyright © 2010 Cherie Kuranko ~ “InkSpot”

All Rights Reserved.

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