A Green Spring Clean: 7 Environmentally-Friendly Household Cleaners
Love Spring cleaning but hate harsh environmentally-unfriendly cleaning chemicals?
You’re not alone. More and more people are switching from all those cleaning products that sit in their little tubs in cabinets beneath sinks off-gassing unhealthy vapors into their homes.
Not only are these chemicals responsible for skin irritation, chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches – they’re bad for the environment.
You probably already know this. But what can you do?
Well, you can always buy more environmentally friendly options. There's been a huge increase in companies providing these products recently and you may have a few of these in your home.
But they’re not cheap.
However, if you’ve got a DIY (do it yourself) kind of mentality you can make your own cleaning products for way less that work just as well and are just as environmentally friendly. And as a bonus, they’re non-toxic to humans so you won’t be exposing yourself to all those chemicals.
These ingredients are easy to find, easy to use and cheap. All you need are the recipes to make them.
And guess what? We’ve got 7 of these recipes for you.
- Easy All-Around Cleaning Spray
Apply to any target surface to get it clean.
Here’s the ingredients: ½ cup of white vinegar, 2 tbsp baking soda, 3 – 5 drops tea tree oil, warm water and a spray bottle.
Directions: Fill your spray bottle with all the ingredients and shake vigorously until blended. Spray your target with it then wipe clean with a sponge or towel.
- Super Simple Scouring Cleaner
This is about the easiest (and most effective) cleaner around. Simply put one cup of baking soda and one cup of Kosher salt into a mixing bowl. Slowly fill with warm water while stirring until it becomes a thick paste. Dip a damp sponge or scouring pad into the mix then get to scrubbing. It will work on any surface from the bathroom to the kitchen – even inside the refrigerator.
- Scouring Cleaner V2.0
This cleaner is a little more heavy-duty. It’s good for any surface, especially useful in the bathroom. But it IS NOT ok to use inside the refrigerator.
Directions: Put ingredients into a large mixing bowl and just like before, slowly fill with warm water while mixing until it becomes a paste. Dip a damp sponge or scouring pad into the mix and go to work.
- Glass Cleaner
Good for the windows, any glass, steel and chrome.
Here’s what you need: ½ cup white vinegar, ¼ cup rubbing alcohol (70%), 2 – 3 drops essential oil, 2 cups warm water, spray bottle.
Directions: Using a small funnel, pour the ingredients into your spray bottle. Give it a good shake until mixed. Spray on glass, wipe clean with a towel.
- DIY Dishwashing Detergent
Detergent (especially dishwashing detergent) is one of the main culprits of creating algae blooms in our lakes and rivers. You can get your dishes just as clean without the environmental impact with this mix.
Directions: Mix all your ingredients then put it in an airtight container for storage. To wash a normal load, put one tablespoon of the mix into the detergent compartment then fill the rinse compartment with white vinegar.
- Grease-Cutting Cleaner
Got a stove top or bbq grill coated in greasy grime? Get them clean with this simple mix.
What you need: ½ cup of sudsy ammonia, 1 gallon hot water
Directions: Put the sudsy ammonia in a large bucket and fill with hot water. Dip a damp sponge or scouring pad into the solution and attack your greasy target.
- Tidy Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Get your throne sparkly white with this eco-friendly solution.
Directions: Mix everything but the vinegar in a large bowl. At the end, add the vinegar – it will foam a bit. Continue stirring until foaming stops. With a funnel, fill the squeeze bottle.
Squirt a generous amount under the rim of the toilet bowl. Let sit for 5 – 10 minutes then scrub clean with a toilet brush like normal. Flush when done and voila, clean toilet!
There you have it. Seven environmentally-conscious cleaning solutions you can use all around your home.
It’s kind of funny to think how after years of “progress” had us using harsh, dangerous chemicals in our homes for cleaning, we go back to using the same concoctions our ancestors used.
Maybe it’s time to rethink what progress actually means.
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