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Green Cleaning Products: 15 Recipes to Make on Your Own!

In a previous blog post I shared some basic tips and products to help you get started green cleaning.  In this blog post I’ve listed 15 of my favorite recipes for green cleaning household products:green-cleaning-product-recipes

15 Green Cleaning Product Recipes

1. Scrubbing Cleanser: Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with a few squirts Bronner’s liquid soap for an effective, yet non-abrasive cleanser. Use a thinner version (more soap added) for a toilet bowl cleaner.

2. Tile Grout Cleaner: Mix 1 part water and 3 parts baking soda, mix into a paste. Apply to grout and let sit, scrub with toothbrush, wipe-up with sponge.

3. Floor cleaner: Mix several tablespoons of Bronner’s liquid soap in a bucket of water (roughly 1 part soap to 40 parts water) and stir gently.

4. Liquid Laundry Detergent:

Pour these ingredients in a one gallon jug (I stick a little funnel in the top to make it a bit easier). Pour 4 cups boiling water into the jug. Swirl until ingredients are dissolved in the liquid. Let liquid cool. Then fill jug almost to the top with cold water. The bubbles will overflow out of the bottle. I love using Dr. Bronner’s for green cleaning because unlike other similar products it is available in several different natural scents like lavender, tea tree, peppermint, almond and others. I use 1/2-1cup per load depending on size.  For those of you concerned with HE washers…I haven’t noticed any more soap suds with this recipe. On a small load I will notice some suds, but on a large load it has low suds and works just great.

5. Fabric Softener: Add ½ – 1 cup vinegar to your softener dispenser

6. Bleach Alternative (Laundry): 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide

7. Surface Cleaner: To a spray bottle add a 50/50 mix of hydrogen peroxide and water to clean your table tops, kitchen tops and bathrooms.

8. Glass Cleaner: In a 16 oz. or bigger spray bottle mix:

  • 1 pint water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 10-15 drops of essential oils (optional, but helps the vinegar smell)

Shake bottle & spray on windows. Use crumpled newspaper or cotton cloth to wipe off. If you have always used commercial window cleaner in the past, mix a couple drops of liquid castile soap or liquid dish soap in some of this mixture the first time you are green cleaning the windows to remove detergent residue.

9. All Purpose Cleaner:

  • 1 tsp. borax
  • 1/2 tsp. washing soda
  • 1 tsp. liquid castile soap
  • Essential oils as preferred- I use 4 drops lemon, 4 drops lavender and 10 drops orange

Add 2 cups of warm water. Distilled is best, but any water that has been boiled will work. Cover bottle and shake well. Use as needed. I use as bathroom cleaner, floor pre-treater, kitchen cleaner and on toys to disinfect.

10. Oven Cleaner: Dampen inside of oven with water. Sprinkle liberally with baking soda. Leave 20 minutes, then scrub until clean.

11. Microwave Cleaner:

  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 2 cups water

Combine in microwave safe bowl, heat on high for 3-4 minutes, remove bowl and wipe down inside of microwave.

12. Mildew/Germ Killer :

  • 16 oz spray bottle
  • 1 part hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 parts water

Spray. Let sit. Rinse after 1 hour.

13. Wood Floor Cleaner:

  • ¼ c. vinegar
  • 1 gal. warm water

Mop or rag should be slightly damp for cleaning.

14. Linoleum Floor Cleaner:

  • 1/2 c. vinegar
  • 1 gal. warm water

Mop or rag can be fully wet for cleaning.

15. Vegetable/Fruit  Wash:

  • 1 cup vinegar

Fill sink with water, add vinegar, and stir.  Add the fruit you want to wash and let soak for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes remove fruit from water, pat dry and store.

A Few Extra Green Cleaning Tips

  • During spring and summer put up a clothes line and hang dry all your laundry
  • At night run your dishwasher without the heat-dry setting and let them air dry overnight.
  • Set your washer on cold/cold for the most eco-friendly setting
  • Use microfiber cloths instead of sponges

I hope these simple recipes will help you see how easy it is to make the switch to green cleaning. Green cleaning not only helps you stay healthy but with a few basic ingredients you can save tons of money as well!

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I'm a firm believer that you are what you eat and I want to be fresh, local, organic and healthy! I've spent a lifetime experimenting with natural foods, different diets and ways of eating, and have settled on the food philosophy that Michael Pollan expresses so well: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. I'm passionate about organic foods, natural living, cooking healthy meals, and improving my health on a daily basis.

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