What is green cleaning?

You can define green cleaning in many ways, but the aim of green cleaning is using cleaning solutions and methods that keep our homes and environment as chemical free as possible. There are many ways to meet this goal…Click Here!  For some, green cleaning means only using products such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemons to clean surfaces. Others may seek out cleaners created with our environment in mind avoiding chlorine, phosphates, artificial fragrances and added coloring. Prepackaged cleaning products can make use of recycled packaging or donate a portion of their profits to environmental causes. A few cleaners on the market are said to be biodegradable.  There is a huge variety of choices for those interested in green cleaning whatever choice you make you can Click Here! for more cleaning options. Here are a few homemade cleaning formulas:

All Purpose Cleaner

This formula disinfects and can be used

on any washable surface in your home.

Since it’s antiviral and antifungal it’s particularly

suitable for kitchen’s and bathroom’s.

1 cup water, 1 cup vinegar,

2 tsp. liquid castile soap (usually sold as a concentrate)

25 drops essential oil of Thyme, Eucalyptus,

Tea tree, Lavender, Sandalwood or Lemon

Add all ingredients to a large spray bottle

(about 22 oz. and shake before using)

premade: Green All Purpose Cleaners  Basic Laundry Alternative

The vinegar in this formula will help to

remove stains, odors and soften the water.

It will also help to prevent static cling in the dryer.

1 oz. Castile soap, 1 cup washing powder

available in laundry aisle

1 cup baking soda, 1 cup white vinegar.

Fill washer with water and add each

ingredient In the order given .

Launder as usual.

premade: Earth Friendly Products Ecos Liquid Laundry Detergent Free & Clear, 100-Ounce Bottle (Pack of 4)

Herbal Cleaning chart

Herbal essential oils can pump up your homemade cleaning formulas

Antibacterial: chamomile, eucalyptus, juniper, lavender, marjoram, orange, rosemary, sage, thyme

Antiviral: cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, lemon, oregano, sandalwood, tea tree, thyme,

Antifungal: eucalyptus, lavender, myrtle, patchouli, savory, tea tree, thyme

Bathroom mildew

Dip a rag into white vinegar and simply wipe off.

For stubborn mildew, spray on vinegar

let sit for a few minutes then wipe.

You can try this prepacked cleaner: Seventh Generation, Shower Cleaner / Sanitizer Natural Citrus Scent 32 Ounces

Windows and Mirrors

1 cup water plus 1 Tbs. lemon juice or just spray on white vinegar.

Fill a spray bottle with equal parts water and either white vinegar or lemon juice and a few drops of castile soap.

premade: Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day All Purpose Cleaner, Geranium, 32 Ounce Bottle

Oven cleaner

Mix 2 Tbs. dish soap, 2 tsp. borax and 1 qt. warm water.

Spread mixture inside oven let sit for 20- minutes the scrub with a scouring pad.

Drains

Pour ½ cup baking soda into drain followed by

1 cup white vinegar, once the fizzing stops pour in the boiling water to finish the job.

 premade: Drainbo Drain Cleaner 32 oz (946 ml)

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