Nontoxic Green Cleaners – Mix Them Up for Pennies on the Dollar
Green cleaners are an environmentally safe way to eliminate dirt without all the harsh fumes. They are also cheap as compared to their counterparts plus they’re easy as pie to make. At a time when toxins are promoted out the ying yang, it’s refreshing to know that some of our sacred resources haven’t changed a bit. (And are still available!)
It wasn’t that long ago that I remember getting up on Saturday mornings to help my mom clean the house. Mom rarely used store bought cleaners and made her own stuff! (She had quite an elaborate labeling system using masking tape and magic markers.) People didn’t have a lot of money at that time, so people just made do with what they had. Of course back then, they weren't called green cleaners - and I doubt anyone ever wondered if they were good for the environment or not.
Do green cleaners work as well as the chemical alternatives? Yes, they do! They pack a powerful punch – however, you may need a little more elbow grease when you use them. Working your muscles is never a bad thing!
Ingredients You'll Need to Make Green Cleaners
: cleans, deodorizes, scours, and softens water.
Super washing soda
: similar to baking soda, but stronger and inedible.
Liquid castile soap
: biodegradable and cleans just about anything.
(sodium borate): cleans, deodorizes, disinfects and softens water.
: removes grease, mildew, odors, wax build-ups and tough stains.
: cleans woody surfaces.
Tea tree oil
: antiseptic, antifungal.
: scrubs, kills pathogens.
: cleans, purifies.
*Note: Do not fear Borax. I’ve been using it for years. It is a mild skin irritant in comparison to clorox for example. It cannot be absorbed through the skin and is one of the most environmentally-friendly green cleaners around.
Nontoxic Green Cleaners
All-Purpose Green Cleaner
(For bathrooms, kitchen, and toys)
1 teaspoon borax
1/2 teaspoon washing soda
1 teaspoon liquid castile soap
2 cups warmed distilled water
Essential oils of your choice
Spray bottle (glass is best)
Mix together borax, washing soda, and castile soap in a large container. Mix in the water, stir vigorously. Transfer to spray bottle. Shake and use as needed.
(For windows, chrome, and mirrors)
1/4 cup vinegar
1/8 cup baking soda
1/4 gallon or 1 liter water
Few drops essential oil (optional)
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle. Use as needed.
(For windows and mirrors)
2 cups water
1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70 percent)
1 to 2 drops of orange essential oil (optional)
Mix together and use as needed.
Non-Wooden Surface Cleaner
(Safe for windows, mirrors, and countertops.)
2 parts white vinegar
1 part water
Essential oils of your choice
Fill a spray bottle with ingredients and shake.
Heavy Duty Scrub
(Use on rust stains on porcelain or enamel sinks and tubs.)
Half a lemon
1/2 cup borax
Dip the lemon into the borax and scrub surface; rinse. (Not safe for marble or granite.
(Use on oven hoods and grills)
1/2 cup sudsy ammonia mixed with enough water to fill a one-gallon container.
Dip sponge or mop in solution and wipe over surface, then rinse area with clear water.
Wood Surface Cleaner
(For all wood surfaces.)
3 parts unscented cooking oil
1 part vinegar
Essential oils of your choice
Mix ingredients together and give the bottle a good shake. Make small amounts as needed only because oil tends to go rancid over time.
Non-Wooden Floor Cleaner
(Safe for tiles and laminates)
16 parts water - (2 cups)
1 part borax - (1/8 cup)
1/2 part castille soap - (small dash)
A few drops tea tree oil
A few drops of essential oil of your liking
If you have a sticky, greasy floor, replace half of the water with vinegar. Add lemon or lavender essential oil for the refreshing and antiseptic properties.
Hardwood Floor Cleaner
(For all wood flooring)
16 parts water - 2 cups
1 part vegetable oil - 1/8 cup
1/2 part liquid castile soap - just a dash
1/2 part lemon juice – just a dash
Couple drops tea tree oil
Couple drops of citrus oil
Make a paste of baking soda and water. Coat the entire internal surface of the oven with water using a spray bottle. Add a 1/4-inch thick layer of baking soda paste to all oven surfaces that need cleaning. Allow the solution to sit for a few hours or overnight. Remove the paste with a damp cloth.
Drain Freshener and Cleaner
(Won’t clear a clogged drain per sae but it does eliminate germs and stinky drains.)
4 cups baking soda
1/2 teaspoon basil essential oil
1/2 teaspoon thyme essential oil
1/2 ounce ground thyme
1/2 ounce ground rosemary
Add essential oils and ground herbs to a quart sized mason jar. Mix well and add baking soda. Shake and stir until mixture is well combined. Store in a cool, dry place for up to one year. To use: run warm tap water through the drains for a minute or two to warm up the pipes. Pour one teacup or half a mug of the powder down the drain. Add a little hot water to help send it down and let sit overnight. Rinse with plenty of water.
White Ring Remover
(Do not use on unfinished wood, lacquer, or antiques).
One part white non-gel toothpaste to one part baking soda
Dampen a cloth with water, add toothpaste mixture, and rub with the grain to buff over the ring. Then take a dry cloth and wipe off. Polish with a soft cloth for a final shine.
(Use on non-lacquered cabinet pulls, bathroom appointments, and more.)
White vinegar or lemon juice
Dampen a sponge with vinegar or lemon juice, then sprinkle salt on top. Lightly rub over surfaces. Rinse thoroughly with water, then immediately dry with a soft clean cloth.
(Use on natural stone countertops.)
A drop or two of mild dishwashing liquid (non-citrus-scented)
2 cups warm water
Mix the detergent and water. Sponge over marble and rinse completely to remove any residue. Buff with a soft cloth; do not let the marble air-dry.
Caution: DO NOT use vinegar, lemon, or any other acidic product on marble or granite surfaces.
Glass spray bottles are seemingly hard to find nowadays. Your best bet is to check with Amazon. You can find jeweled plastic spray bottles at the dollar tree however, if your budget is tight.
Don't throw your money away buying strong cleaning products that have harsh chemicals! You just don't need them in your life! Make your own green cleaners at home and enjoy the savings later!
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