At HMN, we're diving into this month's Holistic Living Challenge with gusto! Here's a great way to take on our challenge to learn something new to live more naturally: make your own non-toxic cleaners! If you haven’t tried making your own cleaners yet, there’s no time like the present to get started. They’re safer, cheaper, more eco-friendly, and really much easier than you might think.
Here are 7 DIY cleaner recipes to try today!
Tub and Tile Cleaner from Apartment Therapy: In a jar or spray bottle, combine 1 2/3 cup baking soda with 1/2 cup vegetable oil-based liquid soap. Add 1/2 cup water and 2 tablespoons vinegar. Shake before using. Apply with a cloth or sponge and rinse well.
Hardwood Floor Cleaner from The Daily Green: Whip up a solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar and 30 ounces of warm water. Put in a recycled spray bottle, then spray on a cotton rag or towel until lightly damp. Then mop your floors, scrubbing away any grime.
All-purpose Cleaning Spray from Frugal Living on About.com: Create your own all-purpose cleaner by filling a spray bottle with equal parts white vinegar and water. Then, shake up the mixture, and you're ready for your next cleaning spree.
Disinfectant from The Daily Green: Instead of bleach, make your own disinfectant by mixing 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap and 20 to 30 drops of tea tree oil. It's easy!
Oven Cleaner from Mother Nature Network: If your pie boils over in the hot oven, cover the spill with salt immediately. It will dry to a crusty and easy-to-remove powder when the oven cools down.
Toilet Cleaner/Deodorizer from Better Homes and Gardens: Sprinkle toilet bowl with 1/4 cup baking soda. Drizzle with 1/4 cup vinegar, then scour with a toilet brush.
Glass Cleaner Recipe from HGTV: Try this recipe to harness the cleaning power of rubbing alcohol. Mix in a spray bottle: 1 cup rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol, 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon white vinegar. Spray and clean!
If you want to go the extra mile, teach others to make their own cleaners by hosting a Green Cleaning Party created by Women’s Voices for the Earth!
What are your favorite green cleaning recipes? Share them in the comments!
Try the 2013 Holistic Living Challenge to learn all the different easy ways you can bump up the health and happiness in your home and connect with moms across the country who are on the same path! Take on our monthly challenges for a chance to win great prizes. Learn more today!