Most store-bought cleaners are full of toxic chemicals. After all, why would most of them have so many warning labels about not breathing in the fumes? That can’t be good. That being said, we have become a Green Home. From the bathroom, to the kitchen, to the laundry room, we are going homemade with our cleaners. Here you will find all the recipes my family uses to create a clean, happy home and a few tips and tricks as well.
Before you start mixing up some Green Cleaners, you will need a few basics. All of these can be found in your local grocery store, maybe even your pantry.
Vinegar, Lemon Juice, Salt, Baking Soda, *Essential Oils,
empty spray bottles, and some *rags. These items will make up your green cleaning supply list. Keep these items in stock and you will always be able to whip up cleaners whenever you need them.
*You can buy rags, but I like to make my own. I cut up old clothes and use them as rags. You can just drop them into the washer when your cleaning is done. You can reuse them over and over again too. Say no to paper towels. You will not only save money, but save some trees as well.
*Essential Oils are optional in most recipes below, but they sure do make stuff smell good. My favorite is lemon grass. I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby for under $5 a bottle.
1 cup white distilled vinegar
3 cups water
10 drops of essential oil
(I used lemon grass)
I make this cleaner in a 32 oz. spray bottle. Fill your bottle with 1 cup of vinegar. Next add your three cups of water and essential oil. Put the nozzle on your bottle and shake to mix contents together. Label bottle.
I use this cleaner for my kitchen counters, stove top, bathroom counters, kitchen table, and mirrors. It really is an all-purpose cleaner. It cleans everything and cost very little to make!
Orange Citrus Cleaner
1-2 quart size mason jars
a spray bottle
orange, grapefruit, or lemon peels
Fill your quart jars about half full of citrus peels. Feel free to pack them in there if you need to. Fill the jars the rest of the way up with white vinegar. Cover tightly with a lid, give it a good shake, and then write the date on the top so you don’t forget!
Allow the peels and vinegar to steep for about 2 weeks. (The longer it sits, the more potent it will get!) After time has elapsed, place mixture in a blender. Blend until peels are completely combined with vinegar. Your mixture will basically look lik orange juice now. Strain your orange mixture thrugh a cheesecloth, to remove any lingering bigger bits of orange peel pulp. Throw out the pulp and place your orange mixture back into mason jars for storage. Label your jars. When using your citrus cleaner dilute 1:1 with water (one part citrus vinegar to one part water) and place in a spray bottle.Use as an all-purpose cleaner for toilets, counters, etc.
Bathtub and Sink Scrub
In a bowl, make a paste with baking soda, a squirt of dish soap, and a squeeze of lemon, to the consistency of frosting. Dip cloth or sponge into paste and scrub.For really stubborn grime, allow to sit 10-15 minutes before rinsing.
1/4 Cup dish soap
1/2 Cup white vinegar or lemon juice
2 gallons warm water
Combine in sink or large bucket, and use with mop.
You can use this on any floor, unless the manufacturer has specified to avoid all detergents.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
When cleaning the toilets I first flush the toilet. This allows the bowl to become wet. I then sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda into the bowl. I scrub and then allow to sit for about 5-10 minutes. I usually clean the rest of the bathroom while this sits. After time has lapsed, flush and enjoy your clean toilet.
Drain/Pipe Cleaner #1
When the drains in our sinks and bathtubs need a bit of cleaning we sprinkle about 1/4 cup of baking soda into the drain. We then follow that by pouring in 1/4 cup of white vinegar. As the baking soda and vinegar react, they will clean your drain as well!
Drain Cleaner #2
You can also get your slow-moving drain flowing again by pouring a solution of ½ cup of salt for every quart of hot water down the pipe.
We put a few drops of essential oil (I love lemon grass the best) into a small pot of water. Allow it to boil on the stove and you get an air freshener. It works great!
1 cup Super Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup citric acid
Mix together and store tightly in a covered mason jar. Use one tablespoon per load. Add vinegar to the rinse dispenser for the best results.
1/4 cup soap shavings (we use Fels-Naptha Laundry Soap )
2 cups water
1-2 tablespoons white vinegar or lemon juice
Pour water and soap into a saucepan. Slowly heat it over medium heat. Stir the mixture and keep heating until all the soap has melted into the water, do not boil. Allow the soap mixture to cool a bit, then stir in the vinegar. Keep it sitting in the pot until cooled. Then pour it into an old soap bottle or a mason jar.
4lb box of Baking Soda
4lb Box of Borax
4lb Box of Super Washing Soda
3 bars of Fels-Naptha Laundry Soap
Using a cheese grater, grate the soap. Using a 13gal trash can lined with a strong trash bag mix all the ingredients together. I mix a little bit of each ingredient one at a time and repeat. That way you have 4 layers of the combined ingredients. The trashbag makes it easy to mix and pour into a container if you just nip the tip of one of the sides of the bag with scissors the powder with easily pour out.
This recipe works for HE washers as well.
I use about 1/3 cup of soap per load.
* We also save money by using a clothesline.
It has saved us tons when it comes to our electric bill.