Get a Mean, Green Clean
How does this sound... you can have a healthier home and save a ton of money doing it. Interested? All it takes is just a little bit of time – and some elbow grease! Making your own household cleaners sounds daunting, but we're here to show you how simple it actually is! And, you can do it using what you probably already have in your kitchen cabinets. A study at Berkeley has shown that most conventional cleaning supplies can be toxic and bad for your health and the planet. Read on to find out how to make all natural cleaners to keep your home squeaky clean and smelling fresh!
You need very few supplies to make homemade cleaning products. Most of the items you’ll need, you likely already have around the house…
– Baking soda
– Table salt
– White distilled vinegar
– Olive Oil
– Natural castile liquid soap
– Organic essentials oils - Either tea tree, lavendar, eucalyptus, lemongrass or rosemary.
– Spray bottles - We suggest using the old ones you already have!
– Eco-friendly sponges or cloths
Some people can have a negative reaction to essential oils. We suggest doing a skin test before using.
Now comes the fun part! Pull some inspiration from your highschool chemistry class and start making your own cleaning supplies. Here are some very useful recipes straight from Inhabitots.com:
Many people who are die-hard into green cleaning love vinegar and water as a window wash. Simply mix 3 tablespoons vinegar with 2 cups of water (or for a bigger job – 1/2 cup vinegar to 1 gallon water) and spray right on your windows. Vinegar works great on glass, it’s true, however I can’t stand the smell of vinegar, so I hunted down an alternative years ago. You can also use straight fresh lemon juice or club soda to get your windows and other glass items sparkling clean. Spritz your glass with club soda and scrub with recycled newspaper. If you use straight lemon juice use a lint-free cloth to scrub with.
All-purpose Disinfectant (Kitchen/Bathroom Cleaner)
Mix 2 cups water, a few drops of natural soap, and 15 drops each of tea tree and lavender organic essential oil. You can spray this on all kinds of home surfaces – changing tables, cutting boards, toilets, sinks, walls, and more. Just don’t use this on glass, as it will streak. This basic cleaner is so safe and gentle you could literally spray it on your kids, and they’d be fine. I do suggest baths over disinfecting the kiddos though.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Drizzle your toilet bowl with vinegar, lemon juice, or spray on some of your all-purpose disinfectant. Sprinkle with baking soda. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Scrub with toilet brush. This mix will also clean sinks perfectly.
Fast Non-Toxic Oven Cleaner
You don’t want to use conventional oven cleaners – any product that requires open windows and gloves to use, is not ok to use around your kids (or yourself). The best tip is to not wait to clean your oven when it gets dirty. An old stain is harder to clean. To clean oven stains naturally, sprinkle table salt liberally on the hot spill before your oven cools down. Allow the oven to cool. Grab a damp cloth and rub off the spill.
Mold is extremely harmful to human lungs. The problem is that once you have mold, you have it, and it can be almost impossible, if not totally impossible to get rid of. Prevention is key. To fight mold from ever occurring, mix two cups of water and three drops of pure organic tea tree essential oil. Once a week, spray your walls with this solution (even behind furniture) and wipe dry. This mixture fights stains and the natural antiseptic qualities of tea tree oil fights mold and mildew.
Photo credits: Inhabitots