There was a time (many years ago now) when I defined effective cleaning by how the air smelled. It's not really clean unless I can smell the chemicals! Thankfully, that is no longer the standard by which I measure the cleaning prowess of the solutions I'm using. In fact, I now do everything in my power to avoid those toxic chemicals I believe are harmful to my health and the health of the environment. Why? Because you can make your own cleaners with items from your pantry that work just as well and smell better!
DIY Cleaner Basic IngredientsIf you're starting a DIY green cleaners pantry, the following are the top ingredients you'll want to have around. Some combination of these ingredients will make you almost all of the recipes you find below! • Baking Soda • White Vinegar • Hydrogen peroxide • Borax • Essential oils, like tea tree oil, lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, or lemongrass oil • Castile soap (like Dr. Bronner's) • Fresh herbs, citrus, or citrus peels • Olive or vegetable oil • Water
BATHROOM 1 How To Make Your Own Bathroom Cleaners 2 How To Clean Your Bathtub with a Grapefruit and Salt 3 How To Green Clean the Grout In Your Bathroom
KITCHEN 4 How to Make Your Own Kitchen Cleaners 5 How To Clean Burnt Pans with Vinegar and Baking Soda 6 How To Green Clean Silver with Baking Soda and Aluminum 7 How To Green Clean Grease from Kitchen Surfaces 8 How To Clean the Stove Naturally
LIVING ROOM 9 6 Ways to Green Clean Your Couch Upholstery 10 How To Make Your Own Wood Polish 11 How To Deep Green Clean Your Carpets 12 How To Clean Brass with Lemon Juice and Baking Soda 13 Homekeeping Help: How To Clean and Maintain Marble
LAUNDRY ROOM 14 5 Ways To Get Great Smelling Laundry Without Softener 15 A DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe 16 5 Homemade Natural DIY Fabric Softeners 17 Use Chalk to Rid Your Clothes of Greasy Stains 18 4 Ways to Clean Green with Fresh Herbs 19 How To Make Your Own Clothing Freshener and Dewrinkler
SPECIALTY 20 An Excellent Homemade 3-Ingredient All-Purpose Cleaner 21 An Easy Homemade 3-Ingredient Spray Air Freshener 22 5 Home Remedies to Remove Rust 23 6 Ways to Clean with Olive Oil 24 DIY Cleaning: Make Your Own Yoga Mat Spray Wash 25 How To Clean a Wool Rug with Snow (Images: 1. Sarah Starkey; 2+5; Sarah Trover; 3. Sarah Starkey; 4. Adele Peters; 6. Kathryn Wright)