Posts Tagged ‘green cleaning’

Make Your Own Non-Toxic Cleaning Kit

Posted by Colleen Kennedy on May 19th, 2011

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!

Start here:

  • 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
  • Newsprint

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

Spray bottle

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

castile soap

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

cotton cloth

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!

Baking Soda Tips

Posted by Colleen Kennedy on June 7th, 2010

We cook with it, deodorize our refrigerators with it and even clean with it. We’ve heard stories from our mothers and grandmothers about it’s great powers. It’s eco-friendly, green cleaning that  promotes simple, healthy living and it’s affordable!

There are many great non-toxic household cleaners out there that I love. Many of these products have baking soda in them. Baking soda is a simple reminder that you don’t have to get all fancy when it comes to finding a good eco-friendly solution. Recently, I read an article on 15 Unusual Uses For Baking Soda. This article had great tips  and interesting comments from readers. There’s also a link to Vicki Lansky’s book, Baking Soda: Over 500 Fabulous, Fun, and Frugal Uses You’ve Probably Never Thought Of.

Here are my top 5 picks:

1. Vacuum Cleaners

Sprinkle baking soda on your rugs and carpet, let sit for 10-15 minutes then vacuum up the odors.

2. Deodorizing The Refrigerator / Freezer

I know this is an obvious one, but I like it non the less. Especially now that Arm & Hammer makes special boxes just for this purpose. Instead of having an open box in your fridge, which we all have spilled from time to time, the new box has a mesh-like side to keep the baking soda in the box. Nice improvement!

3. Washing Food

There are many fruit washes on the market today and they all are a bit costly. Here’s an easy, inexpensive way to remove dirt and chemicals from your fruit and veggies. Simply pour the baking soda onto a sponge, moisten, scrub and rinse.

4. Up-Set Tummy Remedy

Normally, I prefer candied ginger which works great. However, in a pinch, baking soda will do the trick. Mix one teaspoon to a glass of water and drink. It tastes nasty but you’ll burp, releasing the acidic gasses, and you’ll fell much better.

5.  Clean Mold & Mildew

Like the article says, this works well on plastic shower curtains. Most of the mold occurs on the bottom of the curtain. Besides placing them in the washing machine, you can simply scrub it on the curtain itself and rinse.

I want to hear from you.  Have any tips or suggestions? How do YOU use baking soda?

For more ideas, read the full  article 15 Unusual Uses For Baking Soda from