DIY Green Cleaning Products

It’s important to have a clean home, but you don’t have to fill your house with toxic chemicals to sterilize countertops. You can achieve a clean living space with safe and simple products that are already in the home. Be confident that you and your family are living in a clean space without the fear of the kids getting into harmful chemicals. Buy several containers or spray bottles to hold your new cleaning supplies. Here are the best DIY cleaning products that are green:

1. Air Freshener: A funky smell can make things seem dirty even if you’ve just cleaned. You don’t have to use costly air fresheners packed with chemicals to always have that fresh smell in the house. Leave your bathroom and living areas smelling great with this simple combination. Put it in a decorative jar as a potpourri. It’ll make the house smell good and give it an extra pop of creative decor.  Here’s how to make your own DIY air freshener:

8 oz Distilled Water

1 TBSP Baking Soda

2-3 drops of Essential Oils

2.Bleach Alternative: Bleach is so harsh, and it can be dangerous to have it in the house with young children. Plus, no one wants to get the accidental beach spots on their clothes. Get the disinfecting power that you need without the fear of using harsh chemicals. Here’s how to make a bleach alternative:

Less than 1 Gallon of Distilled Water

½ cup of Lemon Juice

1 ½ cup of Hydrogen Peroxide

1 TBSP Citric Acid

A few drops of Essential Oils

3.Oven Cleaner: We use our ovens weekly, if not daily. Spills and drips are bound to happen. The extreme heat burns it on, making it nearly impossible to scrub off with just some elbow grease.  It’s an area that’s easy to overlook, until it’s time to cook again. A clean oven will prevent the house from smelling like smoke every time you cook. Plus, it’s much more appetizing to look in and see a clean oven that you’re baking in. Here’s how to clean your oven safely:

1 ½ cup Baking Soda

½ cup Washing Soda

½ cup Sea Salt

½ cup White Vinegar

10 Melaleuca

10 drops of Lemon essential oils

4.Carpet Cleaner: Carpets catch and hide everything in them. It’s the perfect place for allergens and bacteria to live. Our carpets see everything in the house. We walk on them with bare feet, shoes, food crumbs, pet hair, and more. Even if there aren’t any noticeable stains, high traffic areas need a good once-over every 6 months. The more often you’re able to do it, the better. Here’s how to create your own DIY carpet cleaner:

Clean Cloth

Iron

Small Bucket

¾ cup Water

¼ cup Vinegar

3-5 drops of Dishwashing Soap

5.Glass Cleaner: Grandma’s old glass cleaning recipe is the only one that leaves things completely streak free. Clean everything from windows, to glass countertops, and mirrors. Paper towels and clothes can leave little fuzzies behind. Try using something like a newspaper to get a perfect reflection staring back at you.  Mix together these ingredients for a quick and easy glass cleaner:

¼ cup Rubbing Alcohol

¼ cup Vinegar

2 cups Warm Water

1 TBSP Cornstarch

6.All-Purpose Cleaner: This is great for cleaning bathrooms, countertops, and everyday messes. Put it in a spray bottle to make application easier. Let it sit for about a minute before you start going to town with your sponge. Here’s how to make your DIY all-purpose cleaner:

2 cups Distilled Water

1 TSP Borax

1 TSP Liquid Castille

½ TSP Washing Soda

A few drops of Essential Oils

7.Cleaning wipes come in handy for all sorts of tough jobs around the house. Create your own solution by combining these products into one powerful cleaning tool:

15-20 10×10 cut rags from washcloths or old t-shirts

¾ cup Distilled Water

1 Quart Mason Jar

¾ cup Vinegar

8 drops of Lavender Oil

15 Drops of Lemon Oil

4 Drops of Bergamot Oil

 

Clearly label your new cleaning arsenal with what DIY cleaning products are in each container. Use clean cloths and sponges to clean and you’ll never have to worry about not getting a deep, long-lasting clean again. You should still store these out of reach of small children, but they aren’t nearly as harmful as store-bought cleaning products.

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