Some Natural “Green” Cleaning Recipes

If your client wants a true Green cleaning experience here are some helpful recipes to make your own all natural cleaners!

Sink Cleaner

  • Baking soda
  • Castile liquid soap

You can use baking soda in place of your scouring powder. Sprinkle it on porcelain fixtures and rub with a wet rag. Add a little soap to the rag for more cleaning power. Rinse well to avoid leaving a hazy film.

Window and Mirror Cleaner

  • 1/4-1/2 tsp Castile liquid soap
  • 3 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • Spray bottle

Put all ingredients into spray bottle, shake it up a bit, and use as you would a commercial brand. The soap is important. It cuts wax residue from the commercial brands you might have used in the past. Spray on surface and rub with a diaper, other lint free rag, or sheets of newspaper. Windex is extremely bad for any commercial window due to the tinting.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • Baking soda
  • Castile liquid soap

Sprinkle baking soda inside the bowl as you would with any scouring powder. Add a couple of drops of soap. Scrub with a toilet brush and finish outside surfaces with a rag sprinkled with baking soda.

Linoleum Floor Cleaner

  • Vinegar
  • Water

Mop with a mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar in a bucket of warm water. The vinegar odor will go away shortly after the floor dries.

All-Purpose Cleaner

  • Castile liquid soap

Add a drop of soap on a wet dishcloth and rub briskly. A dishcloth will last longer and create less waste than a sponge.

Drain Cleaner

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Boiling water
  • Zip It

This recipe will free minor clogs and helps to prevent future clogs. Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain first, then ½ cup vinegar. Let it fizz for a few minutes. Then pour down a teakettle full of boiling water. Repeat if needed. If the clog is stubborn, use a Zip It.

Furniture Polish

  • 1/2 tsp oil, such as olive (or jojoba a liquid wax)
  • 1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice

Mix ingredients in a glass jar. Dab a soft rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces. Cover jar and store indefinitely.

Mold Killers

  • 2 tsp tea tree oil (can be found at beauty shops or even drug stores)
  • 2 cups water

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse. This is a very effective natural solution for mold and mildew. Tea tree oil is relatively expensive, but a little goes a long way. Note that the smell of tea tree oil is very strong, but it will dissipate in a few days.

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