Because cleaning is such an essential part of having a healthy home, it’s important to have the right cleaners to do the job; –ones that will clean while still being safe for the environment, your home and your family. Despite your use of a wide variety of soaps, sprays and scents, your store-bought cleaning supplies could still be toxic. For a safer alternative, here are simple and safe green do-it-yourself cleaners to make any space in your home clean and healthy!
All-Purpose Cleaner: All-purpose cleaners are usable on any hard surfaces like counters, floors, sinks, and tables. Mix 2 cups white distilled vinegar with 2 cups of water and 20-30 drops of essential oil (optional) and pour into a spray bottle. To help boost the cleaning power for those tough battles with dirt, microwave the mixture until it’s barely hot.
Laundry Detergent: Since your washer is supposed to get your clothes clean, why not feed it the best cleaning solution to do so? For this detergent, mix together 1 cup of soap flakes (can be made from your favorite bar soap using a cheese grater), ½ cup washing soda, and ½ cup baking soda. Use 1 tablespoon per load or 2 for particularly dirty laundry loads.
Air Freshener: You want your home to not only look clean, but also smell fresh. But sometimes those air fresheners you buy just aren’t doing the trick—plus they’re adding chemicals to the air inside your home. The good news is that there are some simple at-home tricks to use. Indoor plants help absorb odors, as will mixtures of either baking soda and lemon juice or vinegar and lemon juice placed in small dishes around the house. While you’re cooking, heat 1 tablespoon vinegar mixed with 1 cup of water on the stove to help absorb smells from your meal. Lastly, for a general good smell in your home, you can simmer water and a spice such as cinnamon on the stove.
Carpet Stains: Whether it’s from pets, children, or just daily living, there are bound to be stains on your flooring. Add an equal amount of white vinegar and water (depending on how much stain remover you need) into a spray bottle. Spray the areas and let it sit for several minutes. Then, wash the spray away with a brush or sponge.
Windows: Windows get streaky from mother nature’s wrath, so it’s nice to keep them clean and shiny. To do so, mix together 2 tablespoons white vinegar and 1 liter of warm water in a spray bottle. Once you have sprayed the window, use either a black and white newspaper (no color!) or a cloth to wipe and clean the window. If possible, try to not clean the windows when the sun is shining through them so that streaks are not left behind.
Toilet Bowl: To clean your toilet bowl of stains, rings or just a regular necessary clean, mix ¼ cup baking soda with 1 cup of vinegar. Pour this into the bowl and let it soak at least 30 minutes to give time for the cleaner to work. Then scrub, wipe and flush to leave your bowl very clean.
Disinfectant: Every home needs a good, general disinfectant especially for areas like the kitchen or bathroom. Mix together 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol, 1 cup water, 1 cup white vinegar and 40 drops of essential oil and pour it into a spray bottle. This way the bottle will be ready to disinfect whenever and wherever the situation calls for it.