Earth Day is just around the corner. Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd, every year as a way to bring awareness and increase education on environmental issues. We all clean our house. Entire aisles in the grocery store are dedicated to household cleaners and cleaning supplies. So-called green cleaners are expensive and it can be tough to tell what is really earth friendly and what it just being marketed as green.
In honor of Earth Day, and spring cleaning, I have a list of natural cleaning supplies you can use to clean your home or make cleaners all on your own. Homemade green cleaners are inexpensive, easy and are easier on the environment and your family too.
Lemons smell fresh and clean all while cutting through grease and due to their high acidity have antibacterial properties. Make a quick impact in your kitchen by putting lemons in the garbage disposal. The fresh scent cuts through sink odors while giving the kitchen a lemon fresh scent too. Mix lemon juice with olive oil to make a fresh smelling and all natural furniture polish.
Distilled white vinegar combats mold and mildew as well as bacteria, mineral deposits and soap scum. Pour 1 cup vinegar into your toilet bowl, sprinkle 2 tablespoons baking soda into the toilet, then scrub as usual.
Salt’s texture teams up with other natural ingredients to make abrasive cleaners. Salt can also be used fight spills and stains. Layer salt over a spill on carpet to absorb the spill and prevent the stain from setting.
Baking Soda works as an abrasive perfect for scrubbing surfaces in bathrooms and kitchens. Sprinkle the soda over the tub or sink and wet it with a bit of water and scrub using a sponge or cloth. To deodorize a room sprinkle baking soda over carpet before vacuuming.
Castile soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s Magic Pure Castile Soap, is a very versatile cleaner. We use Dr. Bronner’s as body wash and hand soap. Solutions using it can also be used to clean stone counter tops, floors, windows, and even laundry.
Water might seem like a silly thing to list but it is a key ingredient for many natural cleaning solutions. Mix two tablespoons white vinegar with 2 cups water in a spray bottle to clean windows. Baking soda followed by boiling water can clean drains as well.
Do you use natural cleaners in your home? What are your favorite natural cleaning tips?