Green Cleaners can be prepared from the simplest ingredients found in your cupboard. I always thought that you couldn't actually disinfect with green products. I was amazed to learn that you actually can! Here are some healthy and natural alternatives for your home.
Green Cleaner Ingredients
Baking soda - Put some in grated cheese container to sprinkle and scour surfaces.
It's also good for cleaner for your silver. Add baking soda, a piece of aluminum foil and hot water in a stainless steel bowl or sink. Then add your silverware and let it sit.
Baking soda with apple cider vinegar - Together they can be used to unclog your drain. Pour the concoction down the drain and let it sit for 15 min. Then flush it with hot water.
It's also good for a spa-like bubble bath. It cleans and detoxifies your body. While you're at it you can clean your tub and drain as well!
White vinegar - Use it for floors, windows or any surface. You can add it with water in a spray bottle and clean surfaces with a microfiber cloth.
Liquid Castile Soap - You can buy this at health food stores. It cleans anything in your home.
Essential oils - She mentions adding essential oils to a bottle to spritz it around your home. I thought I heard that essential oils might damage certain surfaces so I'd be leery about using that. I may be wrong though. It could be the type of essential oil you are using.
Hydrogen Peroxide - Use to whiten your laundry and it's a disinfectant for any surface.
Borax - Can be used as a whitener in laundry and it will also clean mold.
Vodka - Cleans red wine stains. You can also put it in spray bottle with water to kill wasps and bees. Use it as a facial cleanser and astringent to tighten pours. I'll have to try that one!
Looking for more simple recipes? Here's some mix-it-yourself cleaners at goodhousekeeping.com.
Green Alternatives at Your Local Store
Don’t feel like mixing up all these[tags]green cleaner[/tags] products? Here's a quick look at "real" green cleaning products found at your local store. The vast majority of "green products" aren't really green as they claim. That's why Good Housekeeping went out and put 23 green cleaners, nine laundry detergents, seven all-purpose cleaners and seven hand dish washing liquids, through rigorous tests to find the top five winners.
What makes a green cleaner a better alternative? Most that make the claim are...
- Phosphate free
- Chlorine free
- Derive their ingredients from plants like coconut or palm (renewable sources) rather than petrochemicals like crude oil or natural gas (which are not renewable).
Good Housekeeping also mentions that even if a product seems green, read the label and it's still idea to keep it away from kids and pets.
Green cleaners are definitely worth a second look at now that I know what to pick up while doing my grocery run. I'll have to phase out my cupboard of toxic cleaners first. Have a look at some more all natural cleaning solutions for your home.