40 Environmentally Friendly Household Cleaners You Can Make at Home
Who would have thought, the ingredients to spit and polish your home, might be hiding right under your nose in your pantry! You can do your bit to help save the earth by rather using organic cleaning products than buying harsh chemical products.
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These environmentally friendly cleaning recipes are inexpensive and they will clean your house just as well as the commercial products you are used to. They are made from items that you most probably already have on your shopping list each month.
DIY Green Home Cleaner Recipes
We scoured the Internet to find the best green home cleaner recipes that you can make yourself at home using products that is good not only for the environment, but also for you and your family.
Reasons to Switch to Environmentally Friendly Products
Your home will be a healthier environment.
Harmful chemicals are absorbed into your skin, or breathed in when they fill the air while cleaning. By switching to environmentally friendly products, you will be looking after your own health, as well as your other family’s quality of living.
You will help to create a purer environment.
The chemicals that are released into the air not only affect your immediate family, they affect your neighbors and the environment around your house in general. We can each do our little part to make the environment we live in a healthier place for everyone.
You will be using safer products.
They don’t tell you about the harmful side-effects of all the chemical ingredients in the commercial products that you buy. In the long run they will have a negative effect on your health.
Organic products are less expensive.
The recipes below are made from everyday household products with multiple household uses. Instead of using one product per cleaning task, you can easily use the same recipe for various cleaning applications.
The Power of Environmentally Friendly Ingredients
You will notice that there are a few ingredients that repeatedly feature in the various cleaning recipes below. These form the basis of natural products that have been proven to pack a mighty punch against all kinds of dirt.
White vinegar is a mild acid. It’s great for dissolving mineral deposits formed on glass, coffee makers, and smooth surfaces in general. It also has strong antibacterial properties, so it works great as a disinfectant as well.
Lemon juice is another great natural acidic ingredient. It works best on alkaline stains. It’s a great substitute for bleach and you can also use it to deodorize any smelly places in your home. Use it to polish brass, copper and aluminum products.
Borax was originally discovered in the dry lake beds of Tibet. It’s a natural mineral also known as sodium tetraborate, disodium tetraborate or sodium borate. It is a popular ingredient in many cleaning products. If you want to find out more about all the household uses for Borax, read this article with more than 30 uses for it.
Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is a salt composed of sodium ions and bicarbonate ions. You can use it to remove surface rust or add it to your washing machine as a softener replacement and it will also help to remove odors from your clothes. Perfect for removing heavy tea and coffee stains from cups. And it’s a great multi-purpose odor remover for any stinky area in your house.
Our 10 Favourite Recipes
Below we describe 10 recipes that should satisfy your basic cleaning needs at home. Give them a try and let us know what you think?
No. 1: Glass Cleaner
Great for: Mirrors and windows
- 2 cups of water
- 1/2 cup of white vinegar
- 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol (70% concentration)
- Optional: 1 to 2 drops of essential oil
How to use: First spray the solution on a paper towel or soft cloth and then on the glass surface. You can also use old newspapers for your windows.
Don't clean windows on a sunny, hot day. The solution will dry too quickly and leave behind a lot of streaks.
No. 2: Heavy-duty Scrub
Great for: Removing rust stains from porcelain or enamel sinks and bath tubs.
- Half a lemon
- 1/2 cup of borax
How to use: Use the lemon as your scrubber. Dip it into the borax and scrub the rusted surface and rinse off with water afterwards. Not suitable for marble or granite surfaces.
No. 3: Grease Cleaner
Great for: Oven extractor fans and grills
- 1/2 cup of sudsy ammonia
- Mix with water to fill a one gallon container
How to use: Dip a sponge or mop into the solution and wipe the surface. Afterwards rinse off the area with just pure water.
No. 4: Multi-Purpose Cleaner and Deodorizer
Great for: Kitchen counters, appliances and inside of refrigerator
- 4 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1 quart of warm water
How to use: Dip a sponge into the solution and wipe the surface clean.
No. 5: Stain Remover
Great for: Stained washable garments of different fabrics and colors.
- 4 cups of water
- 1/2 cup of white vinegar
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
How to use: Spray on stained areas just before washing. If you’re dealing with a tough stain, soak for a few minutes before washing.
Never combine chlorine bleach with ammonia-based cleaners or with products containing bleach, such as certain powdered dishwasher detergent brands. This combo creates extremely dangerous fumes. Make sure you check the product ingredients first before mixing.
No. 6: White Ring Remover
Great for: Any surface with an unwanted water ring but excluding antiques, unfinished wood or lacquer.
- One part white non-gel toothpaste
- One part baking soda
How to use: Dunk a dampened cloth into the mixture and buff with the grain to remove the ring. Afterwards wipe off with a dry cloth. Finally shine and polish the surface with a soft, dry cloth.
No. 7: Dishwasher Stain Remover
Great for: Often the inside walls of the dishwasher rusts.
- 1/4 cup of powdered lemon drink
How to use: To remove the rust, pour the powder into the detergent cup and run the machine on a regular cycle. Repeat as often as necessary.
No. 8: Brass Cleaner
Great for: Bathroom fixtures, non-lacquered cabinet pulls and more
- One cup of white vinegar or lemon juice
- One teaspoon of table salt
How to use: Dampen a sponge in the vinegar or lemon juice and then sprinkle the salt onto the wet sponge. Lightly rub the surface. Afterwards rinse off with water and immediately dry with a soft cloth.
No. 9: Marble Cleaner
Great for: Any natural stone countertops
- A drop or two of mild dishwashing liquid, non-scented
- 2 cups of warm water
How to use: Dip a sponge in the mixture. Rub gently over marble surface, rinse off with clean water afterwards. Do not let the marble air-dry, buff dry with a soft cloth.
Never use any acidic cleaner such as lemon or vinegar on marble or granite surfaces, the solution will corrode the stone.
No. 10: Tile Grout Cleaner
Great for: bathroom tiles or any other tiled surface
- 1 part water
- 3 parts baking soda
How to use: Apply the paste to grout grooves and let it sit for a few minutes. Scrub with an old toothbrush or small cleaning brush and afterwards remove the residue with a sponge.
Get Environmentally Friendly Today!
Switching to more organic cleaning products doesn’t have to be complicated. You could even take it one step at a time, swopping one of your regular cleaning products for one of the above mentioned cleaners. Play around with the recipes and see what works best for you.
If you want to learn about more ways of how you can transform your life to be more environmentally friendly, read this article with 15 easy ways.