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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Are Your Cleaning Products Really "Clean?" - Recipes to Help You Clean

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It's hard to go from using your old cleaning products to new, natural ones! I found myself wanting to revert back to what I know works - bleach, formulated granite cleaners/polish, chemical-laden window and toilet cleaners, but alas! Here are my favorite "recipes" for disinfecting your home!


In case you want to copy and paste these recipes to a word doc, here they are in text format! 

All Purpose Cleaner
400 mL warm water
Stir/shake to mix well. Use a squirt bottle for optimal usage.

Dusting Spray
2 tsp olive oil
1 c warm water
Stir/shake to mix well. Use a squirt bottle for optimal usage.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1/4 c borax
Place ingredients directly into toilet. Mix gently with bowl brush. Let sit at least 30 minutes before scrubbing. 

Granite Cleaner
1/2 c rubbing alcohol
2 c warm water
Combine in a squirt bottle.

Glass Cleaner
1/4 c rubbing alcohol
1 TBSP cornstarch
2 c warm water
Stir/shake to mix well. Use a squirt bottle for optimal usage.

Tub Cleanser
1/2 cut grapefruit
Place salt directly on grapefruit half. Scrub your tub!

Grout Cleaner
Mix in a small, open container. Using a toothbrush, apply paste to grout and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Rinse off.

Not sure what you need to get your Green "Clean" Cleaning Pantry stocked? Check out our shopping list from yesterday's post!

Do you have a favorite green cleaning recipe to share? 
- Tiffany

32 comments:

  1. Once you make these products, how do you store them and how long do they typically last for?

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    1. I think I would store the liquids in spritzer bottles (buy good ones, cheap ones fall apart or leak). I think they would last indefinitely. I plan to make all of them.

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  2. Love the recipes! I make the all-purpose cleaner, but lately have been saving my orange peels and storing them for a few weeks in a jar of vinegar. I use that vinegar for my cleaner and it smells great! Also, think it works better :)
    But, I was wondering what might be a good cleaner for wood floors? Any recipe ideas? Thanks!

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    1. An apple cider vinegar mix is perfect! I use the same water to soap ratio I would with something like pinesol. It's dries up with a beautiful shine, really brings out my wood floors :)

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    2. Great idea. Plan to copy you!

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  3. Thanks so much for the great list! I had the same question about the shelf life . . .

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  4. What can I use to deep clean and disinfect tile floors in a pharmacy with lots of traffic?? Thanks,

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  5. There is nothing natural about Dawn dish detergent!

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    1. I thought the same thing!

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    2. Isn't a half teaspoon of Dawn dish soap better than a liter of ALL chemical all purpose cleaner...?

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    3. Dawn dish detergent is what they use to safely clean all the animals after an oil spill. I am sure they scoured over every product out there to get the oil sludge off the wildlife without hurting them. I use it on everything even washed my hair with it. It never dries out my hands either washing dishes. I think it is a great product. Mild enough for animals they are cleaning and trying to save their lives is good enough for me

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    4. then don't USE IT!!! I will though, because if it's safe enough to clean oil off of animals/birds after an oil spill then I don't have an issue with it.

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  6. I think that people should be aware that some of the ingredients listed here are not really so safe for us or the environment...here they are
    Borax has been given a "F" rating by the Environmental Working Group, check it out, they are an independent group of researchers and scientists rating the ingredients in personal care and cleaning products, if you are unfamiliar with them.
    Dawn dish detergent also has a low rating by the EWG, not great for us or the environment
    Rubbing alcohol is a by-product of the petroleum industry

    so, many times what we think is safer and more environmentally friendly, really isn't...I run green cleaning workshops, and hopefully people will start changing their habits, however, we need to understand the alternatives

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  7. when I made the all purpose cleaner, I made a mini volcano! I think I lost half of the mixture. Any tricks to make that not happen? Water first?

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    1. That's actually the standard chemical reaction when you combine baking soda and vinegar. I would just pour slowly and in a larger container!

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    2. Using BOTH vinegar and baking soda in a cleaning solution is actually useless. From ThinkQuest:

      "The acetic acid (that’s what makes vinegar sour) reacts with sodium bicarbonate (a compound that’s in baking soda) to form carbonic acid. It’s really a double replacement reaction. Carbonic acid is unstable, and it immediately falls apart into carbon dioxide and water (it’s a decomposition reaction). The bubbles you see from the reaction come from the carbon dioxide escaping the solution that is left.

      What’s left is a dilute solution of sodium acetate in water."

      Sodium acetate is just a salt - by adding the vinegar and baking soda together, you're just diluting your solution with slightly salty water. Pick one or the other, but not both.

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    3. Mix it in an open bowl not the spay bottle.

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  8. How do you print the list showing the bottles & receipe for each thing? I can only get down to the toilet bowl cleaner & it still cuts off the information on the list.

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  9. Does anyone know if you can replace the Dawn dishsoap with a different more natural dish soap?

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    1. Personally, I just use a solution of 1/2 water, 1/2 vinegar in a spray bottle as my all-purpose cleaner. It does a GREAT job of cleaning and disinfection. That's why people pickle things for long-term storage - the low PH of vinegar inhibits the growth of bacteria and microorganisms. A 1997 study in the Journal of Environmental Health showed that undiluted vinegar was just as effective as bleach in eliminating E. coli from surfaces and sponges. Give plain water and vinegar a try first! If you have tough stains or grease to scrub, give a baking soda paste or lemon/salt scrub a try first, then go back and clean with vinegar. HTH!

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  10. Great recipes for making your own cleaning products.

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  11. I really like your dusting spray recipe. I'm looking forward to trying it! Thanks.

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  12. Hi.

    Great idea with with recipes for eco-friendly, diy cleaning products, instead of the toxic, chemical stuff, you buy in the supermarkets...

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  13. what size bottles do you use for these?

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  14. Does anyone know a natural dishwasher cleaner, i hate using Finish and other chemically ladened products, but I want something that works just as well pl pl Sandra

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  15. Great post! I do use vinegar, although looking through your list I have learned a few new ways in which to do so. I mainly use white vinegar for rinsing the dishwasher and washer, cleaning the bathroom and shower.

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  16. Can you replace lemon juice with lemon essential oil?

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  17. These are great tips, thank you for sharing! I love using home-made cleaning solutions as they are really good on the wallet and your home and environment too. Vinegar has been my best friend when it comes to cleaning! I love using microfiber cloths for cleaning instead of paper towels as I can use them over and over again and save money and trees.

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  18. Thank you for sharing these amazing recipes! My favorite is the one for the dist spray! It works fantastic and I love the smell! <3

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  19. Thank you for sharing your recipes they gave me great ideas! I'm trying some right this weekend. My all-purpose cleaner is made from citrus peels and vinegar and works quite good for me. I like adding essential oil drops to my homemade cleaning products sometimes. I prefer to mix my cleaning solutions by myself, because I'm sure they're natural and absolutely non-toxic.Greets!

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