One of the easiest ways to switch to “green cleaning” is to make your own cleaning supplies. It sounds kind of intimidating but it’s actually very easy and cost effective. Reflect on your grandmothers and your great grandmothers – they were cleaning green and didn’t even know it! They didn’t have all these fancy, chemical laden cleaners to choose from. They had simple, non-toxic recipes that they used. Their homes were clean and non-toxic – “green” before it was the trend. (Just think about how long that generation lived – could there be a connection to their longevity and their lack of exposure to harmful chemicals in cleaning supplies and food? Something to think about!)
Recipe for All Purpose Cleaner:
4 Tablespoons Vinegar
2 tsp. Borax
32 oz. hot water
Mix and store in a spray bottle.
Recipe for Window Cleaner:
1 Cup Vinegar
3 Cups Water
Mix and store in a spray bottle. Use a cotton rag or newspapers.
Recipe for Cleaning Wood Floors:
¼ Cup White Vinegar
1 Quart Warm Water
Mix in spray bottle. Use sparingly and be careful not to over wet the wood. Use a cotton mop.
NOTE: Always test a surface before you clean it with any product. For a pleasant scent, add a few drops of an essential oil to your homemade cleaning products. Try lavender, lemon, or tea tree oil. Also, part of “green” cleaning is reusing your cleaning supplies. Opt for reusable, washable rags over sponges and paper towels. Now clean to your heart’s content – all of the recipes above are non-toxic and are safe for you and the planet.
Disclaimer: These are just suggestions, always test surfaces before you try a new product. Keep out of the reach of children.
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