eco Friendly Household Cleaners


eco Friendly Household Cleaners

Our homes should be a safe and healthy environment. Start by gathering all your cleaning supplies....under the sink, in the bathrooms, laundry room, garage, etc. Next start reading the labels. Anything that says "Do Not Breathe Fumes" should go straight into the garbage or the local hazardous waste depot. Virtually all cleaning products now have a green alternative. Several can be easily made from white vinegar, lemons, baking soda, borax, washing soda, salt, castile soap and some of your favorite essential oils. (Castile soap is a name used in English speaking countries for soap made exclusively from vegetable oil, as opposed to animal fat)


- equal parts of borax and washing soda. To whiten whites, add a little more borax to the load or add lemon juice to the load and soak overnight.

Soft Scrub

- mix liquid castile soap with a quarter cup of baking soda and a few drops of your favorite essential oil.


- add one cup of vinegar to a gallon of water. Rinse with clean water.

Furniture Polish

- mix three parts olive oil to one part vinegar and add a couple drops of lemon juice. Another option is two parts olive oil to one part lemon juice. Use in a spray bottle and shake well before using.

Window Cleaner

- ½ t mild dish detergent, 3T vinegar, 2 cups water. Put all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake.

Air Freshener

- add six drops of essential oil to one cup of water. Using Eucalyptus globules will help to disinfect your air as well.

However, the best "air cleaner" is house plants! Boston fern, peace lily and areca palm, are all easy to grow and each absorbs a different set of pollutants.

Dish Soap

- grate a small amount of Castile soap into warm water.

Dishwasher Soap

- 1 cup washing soda, 1 cup borax, 1/2 cup salt, and 1/2 cup citric acid. Use one tablespoon per load.

Dishwasher Rinse

- use white vinegar in your dishwasher rinse reservoir - it leaves your dishes grease free, shiny.

All Purpose Cleaner

- 2T vinegar, 1 t Borax, hot water, a few drops of a mild dish detergent, 10 drops of essential oil (optional). In a 16 spray bottle put vinegar, borax and  hot water.  Swish around until borax has dissolved.  Add the drops of dish detergent and fill the rest of the bottle with water.  Add the essential oil.

Drain Cleaner

- For slow drains, use this drain cleaner once a week to keep drains fresh and clog-free. 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup white vinegar, 1 gallon boiling water. Pour baking soda down drain/disposal, followed by vinegar. Allow the mixture to foam for several minutes before flushing with boiling water.

Try the toilet plunger first... 9 times out of 10 it will push the problem out of the way.

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