Easy Green Cleaning Products You Can Make at Home

Green Cleaning CompanyIf you’re concerned about how the cleaning chemicals you use affect the environment, we’ll tell you that you have a right to be concerned. Many of the products we use to eliminate dirt and germs are also harming our water and air. The chemicals in many of these cleaners are common pollutants that contribute to smog, reduce the quality of our drinking water and are toxic to animals. This is especially concerning if you have children and pets in your home. If it harms animals once it has left the house, what is it doing to the ones living inside it?

So of course you want a clean home, but at what price?

The Answer May Be in Your Kitchen Cabinet

DIY isn’t just for craft projects anymore. Did you know you can make your own green cleaning products with a few basic ingredients that are likely already in your home? A combination of the following products can make non-toxic and biodegradable cleaners you need to for almost every area of your home.

  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Borax
  • Essential oils (tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass are a few examples)
  • Castile soap (i.e. Dr. Bronner’s)
  • Fresh herbs, citrus and citrus peel
  • Olive or vegetable oil
  • Water

DIY All Purpose Cleaner

All you need to do is mix these three ingredients: 3 cups of water, 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide and ¼ cup of lemon juice. Simply pour it in spray bottle and label it with a permanent marker.

The key to this cleaner’s strength is the hydrogen peroxide, which is stronger than vinegar but less smelly, and which works like bleach but without the harmful health and environmental hazards. The lemon juice is acidic enough to help break down dirt while leaving behind a pleasant citrus scent. The water simply dilutes the mixture.

DIY Tub and Tile Cleaner

Grab a jar or spray bottle and combine 1 ? cup baking soda, ½ cup vegetable oil-based liquid soap, ½ cup water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Label the bottle and shake well before using. Apply using a clean cloth or sponge and rinse well.

DIY Glass Cleaner

Clean glass and mirrors using a spray bottle containing a solution of ¼ cup vinegar and 4 cups warm water and a clean, dry cloth or piece of newspaper.

DIY Microwave Cleaner

Water. Baking soda. Vinegar. A sponge. That’s all you need. Put a cup or two of water in a microwavable dish with about a tablespoon of white vinegar. Microwave for about 3 minutes or until approximately half the water has evaporated. Leave the door shut and wait about 10 minutes so the water cools off and the steam penetrates any of the really nasty stuff stuck in there. Remove the dish but be careful, the water will still be very hot! You may want to wear gloves. Sprinkle a sponge with baking soda and scrub the walls of the microwave. Make sure you remove the glass plate and clean underneath that, too. Dampen a clean cloth with water and wipe everything down and you’re microwave will be as good as new!

A 1st Class Job

While these are just a few examples of the green cleaning products you can easily make at home, it’s not difficult to find more by doing an online search. However, if you don’t have the time or energy to make your own cleaners, you can simply hire a professional cleaning company to do the cleaning for you. 1st Class Cleaning is a New York-based maid service that uses environmentally safe, pet and child friendly Method cleaning products. We can make your home sparkle without the abrasive chemicals used by other companies. Contact us today to learn more about our services. You can schedule a one-time cleaning or set up a recurring schedule.

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