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Make your own green cleaners

You may or may not be into eco-friendly baby things. That’s fine. I encourage you to look into the possibility of eco-friendly baby products. You will be amazed at how many chemicals are in common things such as diapers, wipes, etc. but that’s another post.

When I first met my husband, I was obsessed with bleach. I know that sounds awkward. But I was. I loved the smell, I used it for everything when cleaning. He started talking to me about how toxic it was. Thus began my journey of discovery about chemicals in products I used everyday. For the purpose of this article, I’m only talking about cleaning products.

Now I’m sure you already know your cleaning products have chemicals in them. That’s not really a surprise. How else do you clean that nasty shower that has mold and soap scum all over it? Well not only are there “green” options you can get at the stores these days, but there is an even easier solution….MAKE YOUR OWN.

Here are some recipes for making your own cleaning products. And the great thing is, they work just as good. Now you can clean your house without the worry of contributing to your body burden or your baby’s.

All Purpose Spray Cleaner
– For use on countertops, cabinet fronts, door handles, bathroom, car, laundry room, nursery. Combine the following ingredients in a clean spray bottle.
– 1 part water
– 1 part distilled white vinegar
– Few dashes of your favorite essential oil. Try tea tree oil, lavender, grapefruit extract.

***Someone just suggested to me recently to try putting Vanilla extract into the mixture for a nice smell. I just did this yesterday and then cleaned my bathroom. It smelled absolutely wonderful and surprisingly covered most of the smell of the vinegar. I was shocked it worked so well.

Glass Cleaner
2 cups water
– 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
– Orange oil or grapefruit is a great scent to add to this one.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
This hands free recipe is all natural and safe for septic tanks.
– 1/4 cup baking soda
– 1 cup distilled white vinegar
Pour both into basin and let it set for a few minutes. Scrub with brush and flush.

Scouring Powder
This is my favorite because it’s so simple. BAKING SODA. Yup, that’s right. You probably already have it in your kitchen.
– Sprinkle onto tough, dried on messes and scrub with paper towel or damp cloth. Works beautifully on sinks. No more toxic Comet. (I used to love that product) This also works wonders on stubborn soap scum in your shower and bathtubs!!

Fighting Mold and Mildew
– Spray distilled white vinegar directly onto mold in grout, bath, sinks, anywhere you see it. Vinegar kills many viruses and other nasty stuff such as E.Coli and Salmonella.

This is a great spray to use in your kitchen. I use the vinegar spray to clean my frig, wipe down counters, and most importantly the kitchen faucet handle and surrounding sink areas. This area is commonly overlooked when cleaning. Spray it down and kill that nasty stuff.

– To clean hard surface baby toys such as teethers, hard plastic, wooden toys and gear, combine 1 part water to 1 part vinegar and either spray on toys and wipe down or soak grimy, gross non porous toys and rinse clean.

Other helpful tips

– Buy new spray bottles to start with so you don’t have to mess with leftover residue from other cleaners.

– Always label what’s in the spray bottle.

– Try only mixing a small mixture to start and test out different scents. (Or you don’t have to use a scent at all)

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  1. Rebecca,

    Thank you so much for sharing these recipes! I used the all-purpose cleaner to clean out my microwave today and it worked beautifully! The best part was not worrying about my baby girl inhaling any chemicals from the (so-called Green) chemical cleaner I usually use!!

  2. Danielle says:

    Super article! — I’m tempted to go toss all those cleaners out of my closet & invest in a ton of boxes of baking soda & bottles of vinegar.

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