Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning Solutions From A To Z
Are you looking forward to Spring cleaning but not the fact you’ll be spraying and wiping harsh chemicals all over your home?
Lots of people are aware of the fact that most of the cleaning agents we use in our home are toxic, not just to ourselves but to the environment as well.
Sure they cut grease, leave glass sparkling and disinfect our countertops but they can also irritate the skin, eyes, nose and throat or they can kill you if accidentally ingested. Not to mention the fact that many of the detergents and cleaners we use negatively affect the environment.
Sure there are great new eco-friendly products on the market, but you’ll be paying a premium for them. But there’s a little secret that more and more people are starting to take advantage of.
Time-tested, classic cleaning solutions used in the past work just as well, are environmentally friendly, don’t contain harsh chemicals. As an added bonus: they’re cheap and easy to make.
What are these miraculous cleaning solutions of times past?
Glad you asked.
Here are 7 recipes that used to be handed down in the family – now handed down to you.
First, The Ingredients
Many of these solutions will be using some of the same ingredients. Here’s a list of what you’ll need to create these concoctions:
- Baking Soda
- Washing Soda
- Kosher Salt
- Citric Acid
- White Vinegar
- Rubbing Alcohol (70%)
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Sudsy Ammonia
- Organic Dish Soap
- Liquid castile soap
- Essential Oils (tea tree, lemon, lavender, orange)
- Spray Bottles
- Squeeze Bottle
All Purpose Cleaners
These solutions are good for any countertop, toilet or sink. They’ll cut grease and grime while disinfecting as well.
- ½ cup of white vinegar
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- 3 – 5 drops tea tree oil
- Warm water
- Spray bottle
Put all the ingredients into a clean spray bottle then fill the rest of the way with warm water. Shake until dissolved then it’s ready to go. Spray on any surface then wipe clean with a sponge, towel or dish rag. The baking soda and vinegar will cut grime while the tea tree oil acts as a disinfectant.
This one is pretty simple. Pour one cup of baking soda into a bowl. Mix while slowly adding warm water until it becomes a paste. Then dip a damp sponge or scouring pad into it and you’re ready to clean. This solution is especially good for cleaning the inside of your refrigerator and oven.
- 1 tsp borax
- ½ tsp of washing soda (not baking soda)
- 1 quart of warm water
- 1 tsp of dishwashing soap
- 4 -10 drops of essential oil (lavender, lemon, orange)
Mix ingredients in a bowl while mixing until it becomes a paste. Dip a damp sponge or rag into it then apply some good ‘ol elbow grease. This solution IS NOT good to use inside your refrigerator but safe to use anywhere else.
Another easy one. Simply mix 1 cup of baking soda with 1 cup Kosher salt. This mix is great for scouring off grime from metal, vinyl or ceramic surfaces like sinks, tubs and tile.
Keep your dishes clean without contributing to algae blooms. Safe to use in any automatic dishwasher.
- 1 cup of washing soda
- ¼ cup of citric acid
- ¼ cup of coarse salt or Kosher salt
Mix the ingredients and store in an airtight container. For an average load add 1 tbsp of the mix into your dishwasher then fill the rinse compartment with white vinegar.
Clean mirrors, windows and more with this mix, giving them a streakless shine with a hint of essential oils.
- ½ cup white vinegar
- ¼ cup rubbing alcohol (70%)
- 1 – 2 drops essential oil
- 2 cups warm water
- Spray bottle
Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake thoroughly. Then spray on target and wipe off with a clean towel or rag.
Stone And Marble Cleaner
Clean your marble and stone countertops clean minus the harsh chemicals.
- 3 – 5 drops of dishwashing liquid
- 2 cups of warm water
Put the 2 cups of warm water in a bowl then add the dishwashing liquid. Dip a damp sponge or rag in the mix and gently scrub the countertops. Buff off the solution with a dry rag without letting it air-dry.
Note: Do not use acidic mixtures (containing lemon) on marble or granite surfaces – it will damage the stone.
Cut grease on the stove top, in the oven and on your barbecue grill with this mix.
- ½ cup of sudsy ammonia
- 1 gallon water
Dip a sponge or scouring pad in the solution and scrub away the grime.
Freshen up your carpets and mattresses with this simple mix:
- 2 – 4 drops essential oil (if desired)
- 1 box baking soda
Pour the entire box of baking soda into a mixing bowl. Put 2 – 4 drops of your favorite essential oil in and mix thoroughly with a spoon or spatula. You can sift it from the bowl, transfer it to a large shaker or funnel it back into the box for use.
Vacuum carpets before you apply the mix
Sprinkle the mixture over your carpet and gently work it in with a dry sponge or brush. Let it sit for several hours – it’s better if you can let it sit overnight.
Then vacuum it all up.
Extra: Sprinkle this powder on your mattresses, let it sit for a few hours then vacuum it up to freshen them up.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Get your toilet bowl sparkly clean and smelling fresh with this eco-friendly cleaner that’s also non-toxic to pets.
- ½ cup baking soda
- ¼ cup liquid castile soap
- 8 – 10 drops essential oil (optional)
- ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide
- 1 cup hot water
- ¼ cup white vinegar
- Squeeze bottle
Put all the ingredients except for the vinegar into a large mixing bowl. While slowly mixing with a spoon or whisk, add in the hot water. Lastly add in the vinegar – it will foam a bit. Stir gently until the foaming stops. When it’s done, pour the solution into your squeeze bottle using a funnel.
Use it just like any other toilet bowl cleaner by squirting it under the inside rim of the toilet then scrubbing with a brush.
So there you have it. 10 old-school cleaning solutions that’ll get your home Spring clean without harsh chemicals and harming the environment.
Now if they could just create a solar-powered cleaning robot to do all the work – isn’t someone working on that?
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