Benefits of using natural household cleaners:
- Healthier Home
- Purer Environment
- Safer products
- Better Air Quality
- Less Expensive
- Fewer Anti-Bacterial chemicals
- More knowledge of ingredients
All-Purpose Household Cleaner
2 cups water
¾ cup hydrogen peroxide
½ cup white vinegar
1 tsp. Castile soap
20 drops tea tree oil
20 drops citrus essential oil
Directions: Put all the ingredients into a 32 ounce plastic spray bottle. Use as an all-purpose cleaner around your house, in bathrooms, counters, floors, walls, etc.
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
1 bar of natural soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s
Essential oil of choice ** optional if you want a scent
Directions: Grate the bar of soap and mix with the washing soda and borax. Use 1 Tablespoon for full load of laundry.
Window and mirror cleaner
2 cups water
1/2 cup vinegar
10 drops lemon essential oil ** optional, but the essential oil helps lessen vinegar smell.
Directions: Put all ingredients in a spray bottle and use on windows and mirrors.
1 cup baking soda
½ cup salt (not iodized)
½ cup washing soda
5 drops lemon essential oil
Directions: Put all ingredients into a container and sprinkle where cleaning, such as toilet, sink and/or tub.
½ cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar
Directions: Pour baking soda in drain. Allow for it to sit for 10 minutes, then pour vinegar down the drain.
Other ideas for eco-friendly cleaning and tips for a zero-waste household:
- Reduce use of single-use paper products, such as napkins and paper towels. Transition to cloth napkins and reusable wash cloths, towels and microfiber cloths.
- Recycle where possible and compost kitchen scraps.
- Always have vinegar, lemons, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and reusable spray bottles on hand.
- Completely eliminate use of plug ins and other artificial fragrances. Use essential oils and/or baking soda to freshen indoor air.
- Get rid of toxic cleaners and opt for green cleaners or DIY cleaners.
- Don’t use shoes inside your house. Opt for bare feet, slippers or flip flops that only stay inside.
- Consider using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for unwanted insects. You can find some green recipes online to help with fire ants, sugar ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes, wasps, etc.
- Buy reusable containers/bags to use instead of single-use plastic baggies.
- 17,000: the number of petrochemicals available for home use, only 30 percent of which have been tested for exposure to human health and the environment.
- 63: the number of synthetic chemical products found in the average American home, translating to roughly 10 gallons of harmful chemicals.
- 100: the number of times higher that indoor air pollution levels can be above outdoor air pollution levels, according to US EPA estimates.
- 275: the number of active ingredients in antimicrobials that the EPA classifies as pesticides because they are designed to kill microbes.
- 5 billion: the number of pounds of chemicals that the institutional cleaning industry uses each year.
- 23: the average gallons of chemicals (that's 87 liters) that a janitor uses each year, 25 percent of which are hazardous.