You don’t need to spend a lot of money to clean your home naturally. All you need are a few key ingredients. Naturally derived ingredients can be found in most any store and can save you money. Ounce for ounce they cost a fraction of the price as their commercial counterparts. And, they don’t pollute so they’re better for you and the environment. Use them alone or with eco-friendly green cleaning products found in your local health food store and transform your home into a healthier living space. You’ll breathe easier when you do!
- Sturdy Bucket
- Natural latex gloves instead of the standard latex gloves. They are hypo-allergetic, anti-microbial and dust mite resistant.
- Natural Sponges and Cotton Cloths. Both are biodegradable.
- Natural Bristle Scrub Brush (you can also recycle your old tooth brushes and use them to clean small, hard to reach areas)
- Spray Bottles made form recycled /recyclable plastic.
- Glass Containters
Next, you want the following ingredeints. They’re simple, natural and inexpensive. They’ve been used for centuries and still hold up today.
- Baking Soda
- Washing Soda
- Distilled White Vinegar
- Lemon Juice
- Natural Washing Soda
- Essential Oils Such As Citrus or Tee Tree oil
- Vegetable Glycerin
- Liquid Castile Soap
Recipe: Natural Window Cleaner
1/2 teaspoon of castile soap
3 table spoons of vinegar
2 cups water
Combine ingredients in spray bottle and shake it up. The key ingredient here is the castile soap. It cuts trough grease. Use newsprint to wipe mirrors and glass to keep surfaces free of streaks and lint.
Recipe: Soft Scrub
1/2 cup baking soda
Combine in a bowl, baking soda and enough castile soap to form a paste. Pout on sponge and wash the surface. This is great for kitchen sinks and bathtubs because it rinse clean without leaving any grit behind. You can add a teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to keep the mixture moist and store it in a glass jar to use another time. You can also add a touch of lemon juice for a fresh, clean scent.
Recipe: Furniture Polish
1/2 teaspoon of oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
Mix ingredients together in a container and pour onto cloth and wipe. That’s it! Very simple, very effective.
Do you have a favorite homemade green cleaning recipe? Please share your tips and suggestions!