7 Green Cleaning Recipes

Cleaning supplies are so expensive. They take up a lot of space since you usually have a bottle for every kind of cleaning: glass, wood, carpet, tile, showers, etc, etc. I do most of my cleaning with vinegar, baking soda, and water. Also, the chemicals that are used to make the cleaners are not friends of the Earth and often shouldn’t be inhaled. I just bought 2-3 Spray bottles a long time ago and label them with  what is in the bottle at the time. Hope you guys can find some use out of these.


Porcelain & Tile: Dust surface w/ b. soda, then scrub with moist sponge/rag. If you have tougher grime, scrub with kosher salt.
-Stains, Mildew, Grease: spray with lemon juice or vinegar. Let sit a few minutes, scrub with stiff brush.
-Disinfectant: Mix 2 c. water, 3 T. liquid soap, and 20-30 drops tea tree oil (I’ve never used the oil)

Kitchen Counters: Baking Soda and water- sprinkle b. soda, then scrub. If stained, “knead” b. soda and water into a paste, let set. Good for stainless steel sinks, cutting boards, containers, fridge, oven tops.
-Kosher salt & H2O: use for tough abrasive

Windows & Mirrors: Baking Soda & H2O- mix 1 T. with 1/2 gal water (or one spray bottle is fine). Use newspaper to prevent streaks.
-Replace vinegar with lemon juice or club soda.

Carpet & Rugs: Beat rugs outside!
-Club Soda: stains must be treated right away. Lift off any solids then liberally pour on club soda. Blot with rag.
-Cornmeal: for big spills, dump cornmeal on, wait 5-15 minutes, vacuum.
-Spot Cleaner: Mix 1/4 c. liquid soap or detergent with 1/3 c. water. Mix until foamy. Spray on, rinse with vinegar.
-To deodorize: sprinkle baking soda or cornmeal. Set for 30 minutes, vacuum.

Wood Floors
-Vinegar: mix 1/4 c. white vinegar and 3 c. water in spray bottle, spray on cotton rag until damp. Mop floors.

Oven Cleaning
-B.Soda & Water: Make paste with water and b. soda, coat appliance. Let sit overnight, use gloves to clean out.

Clogged Drains
-B. Soda and boiling water: pour 1/2 c. (or so) baking soda into drain. Followed by 2 c. (or so) of boiling water. Still clogged? Chase baking soda with vinegar and close up drain, flush with water. Or get our your plunger and get to work!

What green cleaning tips can you share?


4 responses to “7 Green Cleaning Recipes

  1. For most things I use equal amounts of white vinegar & hydogen peroxide in a spray. It disinfects. Baking soda for tough grime and toilets. And this was in a recent Woman's Day mag. aunt bev


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