Surprise! Most of the ingredients you’ll use in green cleaning are products you may already have in your home. That’s right, they’ve been right under your nose the whole time—you just couldn’t smell them because of all those chemicals you were using.
Yes, vinegar, that bottle way in the back of your cupboard. You’ll be surprised to know that white distilled vinegar is an amazing cleaning solution. It loosens dirt, disinfects, deodorizes, and removes mineral deposits and stains. Remember, always use white distilled vinegar for cleaning, not darker vinegars, which can cause stains.
You probably have a box open in your refrigerator, and you may even brush your teeth with it. Did you know it’s also an amazing deodorizer for carpets and upholstery? And a great mild abrasive? Mix it with vinegar, watch it fizz and speed up your cleaning—it’s a mixture that works wonders on toilets and clogged drains.
Liquid Castile Soap
Castile soap is soap made from 100% vegetable oils rather than animal fat. It’s a great all-purpose cleaner, laundry and dish soap. Make sure you buy pure castile that is non-petroleum based and carefully follow the dilution instructions. This can be found at most grocery stores.
Like vinegar, lemon juice is an acid, and it can be used for bleaching and disinfecting. A half lemon and some salt make a great disinfecting scrubber for cutting boards, and you can use a lemon rind to bleach your sink. You’ll find that many of these formulas call for the juice of a fresh lemon. You can buy pre-prepared lemon juice, but it’s far more economical to squeeze fresh lemons directly into your cleaning formulas—and it smells a lot fresher too! We’ve made this incredibly easy, with our lemon juicer— you can now juice fresh lemons directly into your cleaning container, and you can use the juicer on either container. Once you’ve juiced your lemon, rinse the juicer, twist the top back on and you’re ready to clean. It couldn’t be simpler.
Washing soda, also known as sodium carbonate, is related to baking soda, but with a higher alkalinity. It makes a wonderful stain remover— add some to your wash to boost cleaning or in a cleanser to remove stubborn spots from counters and bathtubs. Washing soda can also treat hard water—try a little washing soda to de-scale your coffee machine or bathroom tiles.
You may initially balk at the prices of essential oils if you haven’t purchased them before, but in the long run, they will save you a lot of money, as a very small amount goes a long, long way.
- Tea tree oil is a natural fungicide and antibacterial agent. Adding a few drops to your wash can help kill germs and keep your laundry smelling fresh, and a few drops in a humidifier can disinfect and refresh the air.
- Lavender oil is also naturally antibacterial, and it leaves behind a refreshing and calming scent. Other essential oils to try are rosemary oil and eucalyptus oil.
Hydrogen Peroxide is a non-toxic disinfectant, and it also works as bleach. Use the three percent solution that you can find in any drugstore.
BeeswaxThis natural wax serves as a very high quality furniture polish. You can buy beeswax from beekeepers and honey suppliers, and of course, online. If you
only need a small quantity, a small beeswax candle