The Zen of Green and Thrifty DIY Cleaners


How Simple DIY Green Cleaners Really Are

I converted to green DIY cleaners right around the same time my children started helping me clean. I just could not stand the thought of them ingesting fumes that were bad for their little bodies (for some reason it didn’t really bug me for years what I did to my own).

The first thing I noticed was how little they cost compared to conventional cleaners. The second thing I noticed was that they worked just as well. I also found out they were simple to make.

8 must have ingredients to make DIY green cleaners

1. Vinegar

Plain old white distilled vinegar will do. I use it in my all purpose cleaner, my toilet cleaner and as a fabric softener. Since I use so much of it I buy it in bulk at Sam’s club and save money doing so.

2. baking soda

Used to scrub away soap scum and other stuck on dirt.

3. super washing soda

Super washing soda  an amazing stain remover. Also great for washing walls and doors. I also use it in my homemade laundry detergent.

4. borax

Borax is a controversial DIY green cleaner that I have decided is safe enough for my homemade laundry detergent.

5. Dr. Bronner’s  pure castile liquid soap

I add a few drops of Dr. Bronner’s pure castile liquid soap to my all purpose cleaner. We also use it in our foaming hand soap dispensers and as our body wash.

6.  Kirks Original Coco Castile Bar Soap

I use Kirks Original Coco Castile Bar Soap in my handmade laundry soap instead of the recommended Fels-Naptha, because I like the smell better.

7. Containers to put them in

I purchased a 5 gallon tub for my laundry soap from the hardware store and spray bottles from the dollar store.

8. Effective scrub brushes and cloths

I like a tooth brush for cracks and a bigger scrub brush for the bottom of the shower stall. I use old clothes cut up into rags as cloths for cleaning and microfiber clothes for dusting

5 optional but beneficial ingredients to have on hand to make DIY green cleaners

1. Essential oils

I started adding a few drops of lavender essential oil to each gallon batch of laundry soap and love the smell it adds.

2. Salt

Great for really greasy stuck on messes. Just sprinkle a bit on a spot and then cut a lemon in half and use one half to scrub the spot.

3. Fresh lemons.

Removes grease from oven surfaces.

4. Hydrogen peroxide

Used in many natural stain remover recipes.

5. Rubbing alcohol

Used in many natural stain remover recipes.

With these ingredients on hand you can whip up whatever you need to clean whatever you need to in very little time with no hassle.  I keep all the recipes I either use or want to try on my Homemade Cleaning Products board on Pinterest

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