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