Making your own green cleaners is easy and economical. With a few must-have ingredients you can make many different non-toxic cleaners like disinfectants or glass cleaners.  Here’s a list of recipes that can help you get started.

Must-have Ingredients:

    • vinegar
    • baking soda
    • lemon juice
    • borax
    • hydrogen peroxide or oxygenated bleach

Recipes

Air Freshener

Baking soda absorbs odors. Use shallow dishes around the home to absorb odors naturally.

Essential oils can be used to add a pleasing scent to your room. Use on cotton balls in shallow dish placed in inconspicuous places.

All Purpose Cleaner

Use 3 parts vinegar to one part water in spray bottle.

Bleach

Use oxygenated bleach products instead of chlorine bleach products to whiten whites and brighten colors. To remove stains, let clothing soak in a a solution of 1 gallon water and ¼ cup oxygenated bleach. Let sit for 30 minutes and then wash as usual.

Deodorizer

Control odors in garbage cans and cat litter boxes by sprinkling baking soda in the bottom before putting in a new bag or litter.

Absorb nasty sneaker smells by sprinkling some baking soda into the shoes. Simply dump it out before wearing.

Eliminate pet odors from bedding by sprinkling liberally with baking soda. Let it sit for 10 minutes (longer for stronger smells) and then vacuum.

To remove odors from carpets and rugs, sprinkle liberally with baking soda and let sit for 15 minutes. Vacuum clean.

Use 1 cup of vinegar only in the dishwasher or washing machine to remove mildew odors.

Remove odors from the microwave by filling a microwave-safe bowl with ½ cup of water and ½ cup of vinegar*. Heat until the liquid boils. Let it sit for several minutes and then remove and wipe interior surfaces with damp cloth to remove any remaining food.

*vinegar smells dissipate upon drying leaving your home naturally clean

Disinfectant

Use vinegar at full stregth to kill germs. Keep a spray bottle of vinegar . Do not use vinegar on porous surfaces like marble or grout.

Use full strength hydrogen peroxide in a dark colored sprayer to disinfect cutting boards or other surfaces.

Fabric Softener

Vinegar added to the final rinse cycle will remove soapy residue and leave your clothes naturally soft. High efficiency models need less than a tablespoon of vinegar, top loading machines can use up to ¼ cup.

Glass and Mirror Cleaner

Use a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar to clean glass and mirrors

Laundry Detergent Booster

Use ¼ to ½ cup of Borax to boost the cleaning power of your biodegradable, phosphate free detergent.

Mold Killer

Mix 1 cup of borax with 1 gallon of hot water. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spritz the problem areas. Let it sit for a few minutes and wipe clean. You can also use this solution to A 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water can be used to kill mold and mildew in tile grout.

Produce Cleaner

Mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 2 tablespoons distilled white vinegar, and 1 cup cold tap water in a spray bottle, shake well, and apply to your produce. Rinse with tap water before cooking or serving.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Pour 1 cup of borax into the bowl. Let sit overnight and scrub with a brush the next morning before flushing.

Wall Cleaner

Make a 50/50 mix of water and hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle. Spray and wipe with a dry cloth. To remove crayon marks from walls, apply baking soda to a damp cloth and gently scrub the area to erase the unwanted art.

Wood Furniture Polish

Combine 1/8 cup olive oil and ¼ cup lemon juice in a spray bottle. Shake contents and spritz cloth until damp. Use cloth to evenly polish wood surface.

NOTE: Olive oil will go rancid so it’s best to use all of polish within a month.

Read these features for other green cleaning tips:
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Kill Outdoor Pests and Weeds Without Toxic Chemicals
A Better Mold Killer
Lighten and Brighten Your Laundry’s Load
Cleaning with Vinegar
Try Baking Soda Instead of Costly Chemical Cleaners
Green Your Cleaning Routine
Control Indoor Pests Naturally