Clean 'Green' This Spring With Simple Homemade Cleaners
Making your own home cleaners using everyday items is easier than you may think
While the weather in many places remains unpredictable, one thing is for sure—spring is upon us! For many people, this means that the time for spring cleaning has once again arrived!
Did you know that many of the chemicals used in cleaning are not only dangerous to human health, but also harmful to the environment? Additionally, the countless number of paper towels we use while cleaning further impact the environment.
Simple Everyday Ingredients
Instead of purchasing expensive cleaning products in stores, perhaps it's time you switched to 'green' cleaning this spring. To create your own green cleaning products, you will need to following:
- Distilled white vinegar (found in the cooking section of most supermarkets)
- Baking soda
- Olive oil
- Borax (found in the laundry section, sold in a box)
- Liquid castile soap (found in most natural foods stores)
- Essential oils (found in the cosmetic section of most natural foods stores)
- Microfiber cleaning cloths
It's easier than you think!
Once you have these items, you can make the following cleaning products at home:
Glass cleaner: Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray on glass and wipe clean with old newspaper or a lint-free cloth.
Countertops and bathroom tile cleaner: Mix 2 parts vinegar and 1 part baking soda with 4 parts water. Apply with a sponge, scour, and wipe away.
Floor cleaner: Mix 4 cups of white distilled vinegar with about a gallon of hot water. If desired, add a few drops of pure peppermint or lemon oil for a pleasant scent. After damp mopping the floors, the smell of vinegar will dissipate quickly, leaving behind only the scent of the oil.
Furniture polish: Mix equal parts of lemon juice and olive oil. Apply a small amount to a cloth, and rub onto the furniture in long, even strokes.
Toilet bowl cleaner: Sprinkle a toilet brush with baking soda and scrub away! Occasionally disinfect your toilet by scrubbing with borax instead. Wipe the outside of the toilet clean with straight vinegar.
Disinfectant cleaner: Mix 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar, 3 cups hot water, and 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap. Wipe on with dampened cloth or use a spray bottle. Wipe clean.