Learning to make your own homemade cleaning products is a very inexpensive way to green your cleaning routine. There are many harmful chemicals in conventional cleaning products, as mentioned in last week's post, Household Toxins to Avoid, so these are some great alternatives that work. There are a number of green cleaning products on the market but some can be a bit pricey – don't let cost be the reason why you don't make a change. With these cheap and effective alternative ingredients there is no reason not to give it a shot. The ingredients in the recipes mentioned here are all readily available and might even already be in your kitchen.
White vinegar was a popular cleaner of many of our Grandmothers, I can remember mine using it all the time. Vinegar is certainly inexpensive, non-toxic and biodegradable and it does a pretty good job at disinfecting. Vinegar is about 5% acidic. It is s the acid that kills bacteria and viruses. Vinegar will even kill the flu virus. Overall, vinegar is a good choice for general cleaning. This blog post: Cleaning Baby Toys, talks about using a vinegar solution to clean baby toys which is a great idea. We definitely don't want to use harsh chemicals on toys that will go in our children's mouths.
Baking soda is another item in your pantry that can be used for cleaning. Baking soda removes stains, sanitizes, deodorizes, polishes, cuts through grease and more. Like vinegar, baking soda is non-toxic, has multiple uses, and is inexpensive. Because of its texture, baking soda is a great ingredient to use in cleaning scrubs like this one, Homemade Bathtub Scrub.
For something that comes in a little tiny bottle, essential oils have a lot of powerful uses. Essential oils work for many home remedies and are also a great option for cleaning. Young Living Thieves Oil works fantastic for cleaning because it kills germs, other great oils for cleaning include tea tree oil, lemon oil, and lavender oil. All have some antimicrobial properties and smell great. Essential oils can be mixed with vinegar, baking soda, alcohol, or water to make cleaning solutions. Try this All Purpose Disinfecting Spray recipe using essential oils.
The acidity of lemon juice makes it a great non-toxic cleaning ingredient. The citric acid gives lemon it's antibacterial and antiseptic properties for cleaning. Lemon works great on its own as an alternative to bleach and also works well when combined with vinegar. This Homemade Bleach alternative recipe whitens laundry and works great as a household cleaner since it kills 99% of bacteria, 82% of mold, and 80% of germs when used for cleaning.
Mixing your own homemade cleaners is simple since most of these recipes only require a few ingredients. You can also create your own recipes pretty easily by mixing and matching some of the ingredients. I've found that just by mixing vinegar and baking soda it makes a pretty powerful cleaner and a great solution to soak cloth diapers.
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What is your favorite homemade cleaning recipe?