Greener Homemade Cleaners From Around the Web

It has been forever since I shared a green living post, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped living greenly! For the past few months I’ve been trying out homemade green cleaner recipes, and I’m finally ready to share the best of them with you:

All Purpose Cleaner. I use Wellness Mama’s recipe as a base, but double it and skip the oils, choosing instead a peppermint castle soap (Dr. Bronner’s, to be exact). Another option is to add a few tablespoons of vinegar (or orange infused vinegar, below) to make it a little more powerful, but be prepared for the soap to separate out, in which case you just need to shake it up before using.

Orange Oil Degreaser. Using a vegetable peeler, remove the outer peels from an orange (or two, or three). Stuff the peels in a mason jar until it’s full, then cover with vinegar. Seal tight and put in a cabinet. Forget about it for at least three weeks. When you remember it again, strain the vinegar into a clean spray bottle, and toss out the now nasty peels. Add enough water to make a 50/50 ratio of vinegar to water, and use as a degreaser.

Air Freshener/Febreeze. I can’t find the link for the wonderful recipe I found which did not require any fabric softener, but it was so basic. Just mix the following in a spray bottle and use on carpets, furniture, curtains, or anyplace else that smells a little funky:

  • 2 tbs, baking soda
  • 20 drops essential oil (I use 10 drops each lavender and peppermint)
  • 32 ounces water

Toilet Bomb Fizzies. Savvy Sugar’s recipe is awesome, and so easy to make! I scent them with a mixture of peppermint and lavender essential oils and shaped them with a melon baller rather than the 1/2 tsp recommended. They dry up fast for me, even on humid days. This is no substitute for a good scrubbing, but it sure does freshen things up.

Glass Cleaner. Whole New Mom’s recipe has done well for me, though expect to have to shake it up every time you use it because that cornstarch will settle out between uses.

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