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Living Green in 2013: Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner & Green Cleaning Kit

Living Green in 2013: Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner & Green Cleaning Kit

Easy Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

Since we spend a lot of times in our homes, it is important to keep them clean and free of germs and bacteria. There are a plethora of commercial cleaning products available to help with this task. But, did you know that commercial cleaning products contain toxic chemicals that can impose serious health risks? Fumes from cleaning products are often linked to headaches, fatigue, body aches, soreness, tiredness, and other common ailments.

Easy Homemade All-Purpose CleanerIs there a solution? There are a number of eco-friendly cleaning products on the market that don’t have the toxic chemicals of traditional commercial cleaners. But you may not have to look any further than your pantry for two powerful, natural cleaning products: baking soda and distilled white vinegar.

Baking Soda is extremely versatile. Not only can it be used as a deodorizer, but mixed with a small amount of water, it makes a great scrub, both for cleaning and as an exfoliation scrub. Learn more about using baking soda around the house by reading this great article detailing 75 uses of baking soda.

Vinegar is another powerful cleaner. To clean our hardwood floors, we simply mix a solution of 1 part water to 1 part vinegar and mop away. Vinegar is also great for cleaning mildew, and removing ice-melt salt from your boots. Want to know more? Reader’s Digest has put together over 150 ways that Vinegar can be used in the household.


Easy Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

Green Cleaning Kit with Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

What’s in my green cleaning kit? I frequently use vinegar and baking soda for cleaning. I also keep a bottle of homemade all-purpose cleaner in my cleaning kit, along with microfiber cleaning clothes, a washable microfiber sponge, and seventh generation trash bags.

Whipping up a bottle of homemade all-purpose cleaner is quick and easy. All you need is an empty spray bottle, vinegar, and either tea tree oil or lemongrass oil. Tea tree oil has natural anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties. Lemongrass oil is a natural anti-bacterial. Adding these essential oils to the mix will help extend the cleaning power of your mix.

Easy Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner. Start with half a bottle of water.Start by filling your empty bottle halfway with water.

Easy Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner. Make a 1:1 vinegar to water mixture.Create a 1:1 vinegar to water mixture by filling the rest of the way with vinegar.

Easy Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner. Essential Oils add anti-microbial properties to homemade cleaners.Add about 1 teaspoon of essential oil (lemongrass or tea tree oil).

Easy Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner. Add dish soap.Add a few drops of eco-friendly dishwasher liquid.

That’s it. Shake well, and give it a good shake before using.

Do you make your own cleaning supplies? What is your favorite homemade all-purpose cleaner recipe?

Amy (91 Posts)

I am a Freelance Graphic Designer full of creative interests! In my spare time, I love to create something new from something old, embark on home decorating and renovation projects, try out new recipes, and attempt to garden. Beyond the artistic pursuits, I have a love for music and enjoy playing the piano and handbells.

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