DIY Cleaner Basic Ingredients (Eco-Friendly Solutions)
If 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
• 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
All purpose cleaner recipe: (Eco-Friendly Solutions)
Mix 1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax)
2 litres of water
Store, label and keep for everyday use.
Rubbing alcohol provides a great base for an evaporating cleaner. Great use for cleaning glass, mirrors, fixtures that you want shiny. Here is a recipe for home made glass cleaner:
1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
1 cup water
1 tablespoon white vinegar
Mix and put into a sprayer bottle.
Many of us like the look of furniture polish, but don’t want the toxic polishes and sprays. Here is a home made recipe to replace polishing products for unvarnished wood that uses lemon juice (removes dirt) and olive oil (shines and coats the wood to protect it).
1 cup Olive Oil
1/2 lemon juice
Mix in a sprayer bottle. Shake well and apply to flannel cleaning rag or cloth, spread evenly, then use dry side of the cloth to polish dry.
For varnished wood add a few drops of lemon oil into 1/2 cup warm water. Use a small amount on a cleaning cloth, wipe furniture to clean and to complete the polish, wipe with a soft, dry cotton cloth.
Another use I have for olive oil is it removes all markings from our stainless steel kitchen appliances. We apply a healthy amount to a cleaning cloth and wipe along the grain of the stainless steel. This method of Eco-Friendly Solutions works better than any of the toxic store bought wipes, designed to clean stainless steel. I would make my Italian mother-in-law very proud with this discovery!
If you miss having a ‘scent’ after cleaning your floors try this recipe:
Mix equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and water. Add 15 drops of pure peppermint oil. Shake to mix.
I like this recipe because I love having a ‘clean smell’ to the floors after I’ve cleaned them, but with the peppermint oil I won’t have to finish my day having a cleaning product induced headache.
cleaning solutions for the summer (Eco-Friendly Solutions)
1. “Green” Grass Stain Remover
2 tbsp. of hydrogen peroxide and 1 tbsp. of dish soap with hot water, let your grass stained clothing set for about ten minutes before soaking them in the peroxide solution for another ten. After this is all done, scrub with a brush (toothbrush probably is the most handy) and watch the stain disappear!
2. Grapefruit and Kosher Salt Bathtub Cleaner
To keeping the bathtub sparkling, one very easy cleaning method uses 1 grapefruit and coarse salt. All it takes it cutting the grapefruit in half, sprinkling a generous amount of the salt on it and then scrubbing the areas that need cleaning. Extra grimy areas can be juiced with some of the grapefruit juice first before scrubbing. Not only will your tub be shiny and new again, it will smell amazing!
3. Simple Toilet Ring Cleanser
Pouring one cup of vinegar and letting it sit for ten minutes should be enough to loosen the grime creating the ring in your toilet bowl.
4. Quick and Easy Glass Cleaner
“Green” alternative is to create a solution made of 2 cups water, 1/2 cup vinegar, ¼ cup rubbing alcohol, and about 2 drops of any citrus oil. Mix it all together in a spray bottle .
5. DIY Laundry Softener
Lavender water or your favourite scent of essential oil (think citrus, rose, etc.) mixed with water in a spray bottle creates the perfect solution. All you have to do is spray the mixture on your laundry before it gets put in the wash, and just like that, fresh smelling laundry ready to take on the summer grime!
The cleaning recipes here are good substitutes of the common toxic cleaners. The usage of natural product like baking soda and grapefruit juice is one step closer to clean environment.