This post is under construction and I plan to update it occasionally. It includes natural cleaning supplies that can be easily used at home. Green cleaning supplies are often cheaper (if made at home), safer, and better for the environment. You can mix natural cleaning supplies together safely. Wheras mixing bleach and ammonia can cause toxic fumes that cause shortness of breath and prolonged exposure could even lead to death. Mixing bleach with common cleaning products can cause injuries. If this happens move to an area with fresh air and call poison control or another emergency number.
- liquid castile soap
- lemon juice and or lemons and or limes
- baking soda
- apple cider vinegar
- washing soda (sometimes called sodium carbonate)
- hydrogen peroxide
- borax (sometimes called sodium borate, sodium tetraborate or disodium tetraborate)
- essential oils (lavendar, tea tree, lemon etc)
- Hardwood Floor Cleaner (polyurethane sealed) –
Sweep the floor with a fine bristle broom that is not used outdoors first. Next use a dust mop and then actually mop with water and a small amount of a cleaning solution formulated for hardwood floors. Another option for hardwood floors is to simply use warm or tepid water or solution of a quart of warm water to 1/4 cup of vinegar. Use a plastic rectangular bucket as it is gentler on floors than a metal bucket and fits mops better than a round bucket if feasible. Consider the Pico Spray Mop by Leifheit for touch-up mopping as it can be used with any cleaning solution and not just given brands as some mops are designed for. Some good natural cleaning brands are Mrs. Myers and Babyganics and The Method. Quickie.com sells mop refills.
- everyday all-purpose cleaner –
- oven cleaner
- air freshener
- bathroom wall cleaner – hydrogen peroxide can kill mold, which needs a damp place to grow and live. Spray hydrogen peroxide on a shower curtain to minimize mold and use as an after shower spray. Tea tree oil with water also makes a good after shower spray.
- bathroom tub cleaner – Baking soda mixed with essential oils makes a good cleaner for scrubbing the tub with a scrub brush.
- dusting – Purchased a High Reach Cleaning Kit from Aldi in maybe March 2017 by Easy Home (R). It has a 13ft telescopic pole that can reach up to 19ft, dual window washer squeegee, bendable microfiber duster, cobweb duster brush, suction cup bulb changer, and grip bulb changer. After sales supper USA 1-800-599-8898 Model: 03769-17 Product Code: 52444 02/2017. Made in China. Distributed by Aldi Inc. Batavia, IL 60510 http://www.aldi.us 041498240813. Look forward to trying to use the bendable microfiber duster on the ceiling fan.
- laundry detergent – add borax, and or baking soda to a natural detergent or can use borax in the washing machine in place of detergent
- fabric softener
- wood cleaner
- rug deodorizer
- garbage pails – clean garbage pails with a mixture of warm water and borax, wear gloves when cleaning, add dry powder borax/baking soda to the bottom of the garbage pail to help minimize smells, possibly add a few drops of tea tree essential oil as it is a disinfectant
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- marthastewart.com – green cleaning articles
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- blogs.babycenter.com – green cleaning solutions
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- lollyjane.com – kitchen cleaning tips
- onegoodthingbyjillee.com – kitchen miracle cleaner article
- web.extension.illinois.edu – stain remover recipe
- livingwellspendingless.com – cleaning articles
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- couponingtodisney.com – homemade-oven-cleaner
- ourlittlegreendot.com – natural mold killer
- julieverse.com – computer cleaning article
- scratchmommy.com – non-toxic citrus dusting spray
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