Getting rid of toxic cleaning products was one of the first changes our family made when we decided to “go green“. If you are new to living an eco-friendly lifestyle, making your own natural homemade cleaning products is a great way to start protecting the planet, and your family. Cleaning products are among the most hazardous substances you will find in your home. It’s almost impossible to be sure about the safety of a store bought cleaning product because there is no federal law that requires pre-market safety testing by the manufacturer. The hazards of many products are only revealed after consumers have been injured. To make matters worse, manufacturers are not required to list the exact ingredients on the label. Who wants to bathe their children in a tub filled with toxic residues or let their baby crawl around on a floor cleaned with chemicals that suppress the central nervous system? Not me! So how can you be sure that the cleaning products you use in your home are safe? Thankfully, the answer is quite simple…clean green with homemade cleaning products using safe and simple ingredients you can find right in your own kitchen!
Homemade All Purpose Cleaner- This recipe makes a wonderfully aromatic all purpose cleaner that helps disinfect as well. We use it for just about everything that needs a quick wipe down…the highchair, cupboards, counter tops, blinds, refrigerator , walls, you name it!
One Part White Vinegar and One Part Water
5-10 Drops Tea Tree Oil
5-10 Drops Essential Lavender Oil
5-10 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
Homemade Glass Cleaner- It only takes two ingredients to make an effective, simple and eco-friendly glass cleaner. Mix one part water and one part white vinegar, I told you it was simple!
Homemade Furniture Polish- This makes a wonderful 16 oz. bottle of natural furniture polish with a fresh lemon scent.
1 Cup Olive Oil
25 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
1/4 Cup White Vinegar
Fill the remainder of the bottle with water
Homemade “Oxyclean”- This recipe works just the same as oxyclean! I use it for laundry, spot cleaning the carpet and treating stains.
1 cup water
1/2 cup peroxide
1/2 cup baking soda
Homemade Tub & Tile Cleaner- If you have any mold, spray it directly with straight vinegar to kill spores. For general cleaning, mix one part baking soda and one part borax (a natural mineral) with just enough water to create a think paste .
Homemade Floor Cleaner- Add 1/2 cup vinegar and several drops of your favorite essential oil to a gallon of water. This simple mixture is perfect for mopping with, and wont leave any chemical residues behind for little ones to crawl around on.
Homemade Air Freshener- For a fantastic natural air freshener squeeze some lemon juice into a bowl of baking soda and leave uncovered. You can even add a decorative touch by adding flowers, pebbles, sea shells or whatever strikes your fancy! Throw leftover lemon peels into the garbage disposal for a quick cleaning.
Homemade Disinfectant & Toy Cleaner- Lavender and tea tree oil have amazing antibacterial properties. Simply add a couple drops of liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronners) into two cups of hot water. Then add 30 drops of lavender or tea tree oil, or a combination of both. Pour it into a spray bottle and use on everything but glass.
Homemade Laundry Detergent- We like to use the Duggar’s homemade liquid laundry soap recipe every now and then. It works great for both regular laundry and cloth diapers, and is very economical!
Homemade Stovetop/Oven Cleaner- I found my favorite oven/stovetop cleaner in the “Crunchy Mamas” group on Baby Center, and have never found any other recipe that tops it!
Please remember to be responsible when tossing out any leftover toxic cleaning products after you have made the switch to homemade green cleaners. Products that are toxic for your home are also toxic for the environment, and shouldn’t be dumped down the drain or put into landfills. Check to see when your community is having a toxics and electronics recycling day and dispose of your old cleaning products there.
Cleaning green with homemade cleaning products is the best way to be certain that you aren’t exposing your family to toxic chemicals, and the best choice for a cleaner, greener earth! Have you tried making your own eco-friendly home cleaning products before? Are you willing to give it a try? I’d love to hear about what you are doing to clean green!
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