Green cleaning recipes

Household cleaning products can contain chemicals that harm your health, and harm waterways when they go down the drain. Try cleaning with these simple ingredients to save money, stay healthy and keep our rivers clean.

Green cleaning kit:

  • White distilled vinegar
    • Use it in a spray bottle on windows and as an after-shower spray to cut soap scum
    • Pour some into your clothing rinse cycle to remove odors and soften clothes
    • Simmer on the stove to deodorize cooking odors
    • Gummy, sticky mess? Soak it in vinegar to dissolve
  • Baking soda
    • Sprinkle in your garbage pail or diaper pail to deodorize
    • Mix with castile soap for a soft scrub in the bathroom or kitchen
    • Open a box in the fridge or freezer to deodorize
    • Sprinkle on carpet to freshen, then vacuum up
  • Hydrogen peroxide (3%, right out of the first aid aisle)
    • Use on grass or blood stains (take care! It will bleach clothing!)
    • Spray on countertops and leave for 10 minutes to sanitize
    • Use to remove oil stains on concrete
  • Castile soap (vegetable-based soap)
    • Use anywhere you would use soap or detergent: dishes, countertops, clothing, floors, hands
    • Mix with baking soda for a soft scrub paste
  • Essential oil (try peppermint or lemon for a fresh scent)
    • Use instead of artificial fragrance. Caution: essential oil is powerful! Use only a drop or two at a time.
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2 Replies to "Green cleaning recipes"

  • Cheryl Ward
    August 13, 2015 (1:55 pm)

    Wonderful ideas! Natural cleaners definitely win if you compare them with toxic cleaners. We need to care for the quality of our home environment and the health of our children. I am a fan of green cleaning solutions and I believe that this is the future! Thanks for sharing! The post is great!

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