Green Cleaning

Sep 26, 2019 Cleaning

I have found that bicarbonate of soda, white vinegar, castile soap and citric acid cleans everything in my house. They are kind to the environment and health, simple to use and easily purchased from package free shops or in bulk. Melissa Maker from Clean My Space has informed most of this blog, she can be found at: https://cleanmyspace.com/category/products-tools/diy-products-and-tools/

Green Cleaning Supplies

DIY Green Cleaning Recipes

All Purpose Cleaner

  1. Clean spray bottle
  2. 2 cups of water
  3. 1 tsp washing up liquid or castile soap
  4. Mix and shake well

You can use this product just about anywhere! It’s great for cleaning surfaces like furniture, cupboards, bathroom counters, and general spot cleaning.

Glass & Mirror Cleaner

Here’s a simple DIY glass cleaner that works like a charm.

  1. Clean spray bottle
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 cup vinegar
  4. Mix and shake well

You can use this mixture on any of the glass surfaces in your home that need to be polished to a streak-free shine. Vinegar is amazing at cutting grease and removing oil.

De-Greaser

While you’re cleaning, you might encounter some extra greasy, grimy or super dirty spots. To tackle these greasy disasters here’s a simple degreaser.

  1. 1/2 cup baking soda
  2. 1/4 cup washing up liquid or castile soap

Apply the product to the surface, scrub it in, let it sit for a few minutes and then with a clean sponge (or cloth) you can start wiping it away

Shower Glass Cleaner

Mix citric acid with water. Scrub. Then spray with vinegar and wipe clean.

Bath and Sink Cleaner

Bicarbonate of soda and all purpose cleaner. Sprinkle bicarb, spray with all purpose cleaner, leave for 5 minutes then wipe down with a reusable cloth.

Tub, Tile & Grout Cleaner

  1. 1/4 cup of baking soda
  2. 1/4 cup of washing up liquid or castile soap to a glass
  3. 2 tbsp hydrogen peroxide
  4. Add all ingredients to a glass bowl and mix well.

Once you achieve a nice paste consistency, wet a sponge and apply it to the surface that needs to be cleaned. Let it sit for 5 – 10 minutes. Finally, rinse your sponge off and with the scrubby side, start scrubbing the area down. Give it a final rinse and a buff dry. This product is so powerful it’s going to get rid of even the grimiest grime and the groutiest grout!

Toilet Cleaner 1

  1. 1/2 cup water
  2. 1/2 cup baking soda
  3. 1/4 cup washing up liquid or castile soap
  4. 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide

Add all of the ingredients to a squeeze bottle, give it a good shake and then squirt it around the bowl, make sure to get under that rim! After a few minutes get your toilet bowl brush out and go to town! Once you’re done scrubbing, flush the toilet, let your toilet bowl brush dry off and voila! You’ll have a nice sparkling clean toilet bowl.

Toilet Cleaner 2

Put 1 cup of citric acid down the toilet. Leave for a few hours and then scrub.

Tile & Vinyl Floor Cleaner

  1. A bucket filled with a gallon of hot water
  2. 1 cup of white vinegar

Put this in your bucket, mix it up with your mop, and after a minute of letting everything kind of saturate your mop head, you can wring it out well and start mopping. Remember to use the S-pattern, making sure that you don’t leave too much moisture behind.

DIY Disinfectant

With cold and flu season already here, keeping our spaces clean and disinfected is a great way to help keep germs at bay.  Make your own disinfectant, and feel free to add in a powerhouse essential oil to up the scent factor and help knock out those germs!

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 15 drops thyme essential oil (optional)

Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle. Use this product as a mist after you’ve cleaned a surface with the appropriate cleaner to deal with any additional bacteria.  No need to wipe it up – rubbing alcohol dries quickly and is safe for surfaces.  On any surfaces like light switch plates where you cannot spray the product directly, mist a cloth and wipe the surface. Perfect for screens or chrome too.

By Hannah