I know I normally do DIY beauty recipes, but someone requested that I do some for green cleaning so I hope you still enjoy and get some use from this!
Green cleaning recipes are super simple! They require very little effort, very little ingredients and you can customize them however you like. Also, contrary to popular belief, green cleaning doesn’t have to be expensive at all. Many people think that green products are overpriced and a lot of them are, but you can make some very simple and effective cleaning recipes with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen already. If you don’t have them, you can get everything you need for $20-$40 USD, depending on what you want, and those will last you at least 6 months. So the next time you want to go purchase some overpriced cleaning products, bookmark this post and make one instead!
Cost of ALL Cleaning Ingredients:
Distilled Vinegar $7 / Gallon
Apple Cider Vinegar – $10 -$20 / Gallon, depending on size, quality and brand
Sea Salt $3
Baking Soda $1-$3
Essential Oil $3-$5 USD
Plant Hydrosols $5 – $20, depending on amount
Olive Oil – $5 – $20, depending on amount
Optional – Scrub Brush, Old Toothbrush, Newspaper
- All Purpose Grime Cleaner - This is incredibly easy to do! All you need is some baking soda and/or sea salt, water, vinegar or lemon juice and essential oils of your choice. You will also need a scrub brush, old toothbrush or sponge. If you want to use soap, try adding a gentle castille liquid soap to this, but you really don’t have to and it will clean and disinfect just as well. You can do this one of two ways; the first is to add the baking soda directly to whatever tile, shower or wall you’re trying to clean and then spray the mixture of the rest of the liquids over the top before scrubbing. The other is to mix all the liquids together in a spray bottle and then add the baking soda last – try 1/2 teaspoon to start and then add more if needed. Use the baking soda sparingly as it will cause foaming. Be careful not to shake the bottle or it will foam more. Eventually the foam diminishes, but if you would rather not deal with that, I recommend putting the baking soda into a sifter jar that you can use to shake out small amounts onto whatever you want to clean first and then spray the other ingredients over the top. You can add sea salt to the sifter jar or directly if you are dealing with a particularly hard stain. In the case of essential oils, you can add whatever sent you like or have on hand, but some great ones for cleaning that have antibacterial cleansing properties are tea tree, rosemary, basil, sage, thyme, and eucalyptus. You can also swap out the water in this recipe and use a plant hydrosol instead. It’s up to you.
- Baking Soda / Sea Salt – Mix and Put in a Sifter Jar or Bowl. If you use a bowl, shake it out using a spoon or slotted spoon.
- 10-20 Drops Essential Oil of Your Choice, Vinegar, Water and Lemon Juice – Stir together and put in a spray bottle of your choice / 1/2 Teaspoon of Liquid Castille Soap (Optional)
- Scrub Brush / Toothbrush / Sponge of your choice
If you are unsure where to start, here’s what I do:
For the Shower, Toilet, Floors or Tiles, I keep baking soda and sea salt mixture in a sifter jar that I pour onto the walls and floor of my shower / bath before anything. Then, I lightly spray a mixture of the following: tea tree oil (10-20 drops) in 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup vinegar (distilled is cheaper, but I feel apple cider is more potent in killing bacteria) and fill water to the top. Shake to mix. I spray this mixture of the baking soda and salt which makes it foam up. After that, I use a scrub brush / toothbrush for small spots to scrub away dirt and grime on my shower. After rinsing the shower / bath off in hot water, I spray a mixture of 2 teaspoons hydrogen peroxide in water all over the shower walls and floor, anywhere mold can grow. This is known to prevent mold and bacteria from growing in your shower. For the toilet, it’s basically the same except you don’t need to spray the hydrogen peroxide at the end unless you want to. On tiles, the same method is applied to your floor, but after scrubbing problem areas of the floor or grout, you can use a mop of your choice. Personally, I use a steam mop from Shark that makes steam from water to clean and disinfect. Check it out – here!
- All Purpose Counter Top Spray Cleaner – This recipe is basically the same as the one above, but you don’t need any baking soda. You can make your own paste from equal parts baking soda and water to use as a scrub for particularly difficult stains, but otherwise this should work fine. If you’re cleaning a stain or your stove where food or grime has been sitting for a time, pour hot water over the area lightly and let it sit until the water cools to lukewarm before you add your baking soda and salt mixture.
- Window Cleaner – This is so easy to make! All you need is distilled or apple cider vinegar with a few drops of lemon juice or your choice of essential oils and that’s it! You can use regular paper towels to clean your windows, but newspaper works better and prevents streaking. I have found that using vinegar to clean my windows actually seems to work better than windex and other store cleaners. Plus, I like to use this to clean my window sills and frames because apple cider vinegar is a bug deterrent.
- Carpet Cleaner – Mix equal parts salt, borax and vinegar to form a paste. Cover whatever carpet stains you have in a small layer of this and let it sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour. After, scrub with your brush, vaccum excess paste and rinse by spraying with hydrogen peroxide and water mixture you made to help prevent mold (see above!). Let air dry.
- Wood Polish Cleaner – This is SO easy to do! All you need is 1 tablespoon of olive oil, strained juice of 1 lemon and 1 tablespoon of water. Shake in a small container to mix. Use a small cloth and pour small amounts of cleaner to cloth before using the cloth to polish the wooden furniture of your choice!
So that’s all I can think of at the moment, but if something occurs to you that I haven’t mentioned, feel free to ask me about it in the comments!
Oh, and Happy Friday everyone!