simple natural living on a budget
simple natural living on a budget
baking soda, vinegar, vodka

10 Super Simple DIY Green Cleaners

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When I found out I was pregnant with my daughter, it really got me thinking about leading a more natural life. I started to question whether all of the products I’ve used my whole life to clean my house were actually safe? Turns out they’re really not …

10 Super Simple DIY Green Cleaners

Take one look at the ingredients in your cleaning products and you’ll be ready to make your own DIY green cleaners. These nasty chemicals in many common household cleaners are linked to allergies, asthma, cancer, birth defects, hormone disruption, and psychological disorders.

We all want to keep ourselves and our families healthy, so spend a few minutes whipping up these super simple DIY green cleaners! Chemical-free, non-toxic, and made with ingredients you can actually pronounce!

DIY Green Cleaners Ingredients

There are only a few basic (and inexpensive!) ingredients you need to make your own simple, effective, non-toxic, fresh smelling cleaning products. And you probably have most of them in your pantry right now:

10 super simple diy green cleaners | baking soda, vinegar, vodka, corn starch, essential oils

White vinegar

  • mild disinfectant
  • dissolve grease and soap scum

Baking soda

  • deodorizes
  • brightens
  • abrasive (good for scrubbing!)

Vodka

  • cuts grease and grime
  • disinfects, sterilizes

Olive oil

  • shines and protects wood

Essential oils

  • antifungal & antibacterial properties
  • they add a nice scent to your cleaners
  • many other health benefits

Lemon, orange, tea tree, peppermint, & lavender are some of my favorites for cleaning and deodorizing.

If you don’t have essential oils, no worries! Most of the recipes below don’t require them. They might not smell as good, but they’ll still do the job, chemical-free! 🙂

If you do decide to add essential oils, there’s a few considerations:

  1. Certain essential oils (especially citrus ones) can break down plastic.
  2. Sunlight can break down and degrade the essential oils themselves.

So you should store your cleaners in dark-colored glass bottles. I use these amber colored spray bottles and they’re great!

Recipes

1 . Scented Cleaning Vinegar

  • Fill 1 quart mason jars ¾ full with citrus peels and herbs
  • Bring white vinegar to a boil and pour it into mason jars
  • Seal jars and let sit at least 24 hours
  • Strain the peels and herbs from the vinegar

Now you have the fresh smelling base for all of your DIY Green Cleaners! Get creative with your citrus and herb combinations. Use whatever fresh herbs you have in your fridge about to go bad. Or snip some fresh herbs out of your herb garden!

Some of my favorite combos are orange peel & cloves, lime & mint, and lemon & rosemary. If you don’t have any herbs on hand, you can still make scented vinegar with just the citrus peels. Or even some fresh pine needles!

2. All Purpose Cleaner

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white (or scented) vinegar
  • 15-20 drops essential oil (optional)

3. Mop Solution

  • 1 gallon hot water
  • 1 cup white (or scented) vinegar
  • 15- 20 drops essential oil (optional)

4. Wood Polish & Dusting Spray

  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white (or scented) vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 30 -40 drops essential oil (optional)

5. Glass Cleaner

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vodka
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • 10 drops essential oil (optional)

6. Air & Linen Spray

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vodka
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 20-30 drops essential oil

7. Carpet & Mattress Deodorizer

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 15-20 drops essential oil

8. Fabric softener

  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • 2-3 drops essential oil

Add to the rinse cycle

9. Grout Cleaner/Soft Scrub

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 10 drops tea tree or orange essential oil

10. Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup baking soda

Mix, let sit 15 minutes, scrub & flush

Now go get started making your own safe, non-toxic cleaners!

What are your favorite essential oils for cleaning? Did you come up with any awesome scent combos for your scented cleaning vinegar? Leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

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