Homemade Green Cleaning Recipes

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We are all worried when we go outside to a smog filled sky. We are concerned with images of toxic waste being dumped into our waterways.

However, we let hazardous, toxic, and carcinogenic chemicals into our homes on a daily basis in the disguise of common household cleaners. These chemicals are finding their way into our bodies. Yuck.

The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports at more than 90% of poisonings happen at home. Medicines, household cleaners, and pesticides top the list of offenders.

A study on chemicals used in household products in New Jersey and Massachusetts showed that 28 million pounds of chemicals that are known or suspected neurotoxins, carcinogens, or reproductive or developmental toxicants were used in soaps and other detergents, in those two states alone. Additionally, 259 million pounds of these chemicals were accounted for in specialty cleaners and polishers.

Check out this PDF study for more great findings on Household Hazards.

Visit this site to read more info on toxic household cleaners.

Convinced? The good news is that making your own is cost effective and easy. One easy way is to start making your own eco friendly cleaners. A few common household ingredients and your essential oils is all it takes. It's cheap and easy and earth friendly.

I have been making my own cleaners and household products for quite awhile. Below are some of my favorite recipes.


To make the cleaners below, you'll need the following:

Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate), a sodium salt
Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate), related to baking soda
White Distilled Vinegar, an acid
Liquid Castile Soap, (Olive, Coconut, and other vegetable oils)
• Organic Soap Flakes (Organic Coconut and Soy or Palm)
Food Grade Vegetable Gylcerin, natural component of fats and oils.
Borax (Sodium Borate Decahydrate), sodium and boron- a natural mineral
• Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2), naturally occuring water like liquid
• Vodka (Can substitute Witch Hazel)
Citric Acid, bitter acid found in fruits
Essential Oils
• Kosher Salt
Glass Spray Bottles, Containers, Mixing Bowls

Most of these ingredients can be found in your grocery store. A few might need a visit to the I Heart Oils DIY Shop or other internet retailer. Start up cost to get these ingredients might seem overwhelming. But, the cost per use remains significantly less than retail cleaners. They last a LONG time and you can use them in many ways around your home.

Also, it's a good idea to ditch the paper towel use as much as possible. Try microfiber clothes for cleaning. They work well and are a green alternative!

Clothes Washing Powder (for Machines including HE):

Combine ingredients, mix with a wire wisk. Use 1/8 cup per load.

Makes enough to last a family of 4 one year.  Can reduce the recipe by 1/4 for a smaller batch.

Fabric Softener:

Choose a container big enough to accommodate the chemical reaction of the baking soda and vinegar. Combine ingredients starting with water, essential oils, and baking soda. Add vinegar slowing to avoid volcano effect.

Use 1/2 cup in the rinse cycle or wet a washcloth and throw into the dryer with your clothes.

Air/Linen Spray:

In a small bowl, mix vodka and essential oil together. The alcohol works as an emulsifier, allowing the oil and water to mix evenly.

Pour the oil-vodka mix into a glass spray bottle, add the water and shake. Shake before using.

Dish Soap:

Combine castille soap, vinegar, washing soda, and soap flakes into a large bowl and add in the hot water. Whisk the mixture until ingredients are well blended and soap flakes have dissolved. Allow mixture to cool completely stirring occasionally. Add the Lemon after mixture has cooled.

Dishwasher Detergent:

Mix together salt and essential oils till combined. Add other ingredients and stir. Store tightly covered in a glass jar. Use one tablespoon per load with hot water.

Dishwasher Rinse Agent:

Fill rinse dispenser with vinegar and add 5 drops lemon essential oil.

All Purpose Cleaner:

Add all ingredients to a glass spray bottle. Soap will clump a little between uses. Shake well before spraying.

Creamy Soft Scrub:

Pour baking soda in a bowl. Add castille soap a little at a time to make a frosting like texture. Add in your essential oils and glycerin. Store in a sealed glass jar.

Window/Mirror Cleaner:

Pour ingredients into a glass spray bottle, shake and use.

Wood Cleaner:

Combine ingredients and pour into a glass spray bottle.

Wood & Stainless Steel Polish:

Combine ingredients, use a soft cloth to wipe then buff surfaces.

Fruit and Vegetable Wash:

Combine ingredients and pour into a glass spray bottle.

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