Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Making GREEN Cleaning Supplies


I have started ridding our house of all commercial cleaning products because who knows what is in them. With a booboo soon to be around, best to keep things natural. Plus I really hate all those ugly mis-matchy bottles they come in, and cleaning products are NOT CHEAP.
To make them the most attractive, you can purchase bottles from The Container Store, or you can recycle old bottles. Martha Stewart and Method lines both have nice plain clear containers. Sally's Beauty Supply store also has a nice collection of spray bottles if you wanna purchase some new ones. Old Time Pottery has great and cheap clear spray bottles as well.


Ingredients for Homemade Cleaning Products:
  • White Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Ammonia

I found this info on a clever site full of recipes for homemade cleaning solutions. Click here to read the full article. Below is just a snippet!


Mildly acidic white vinegar dissolves dirt, soap scum, and hard water deposits from smooth surfaces, yet is gentle enough to use in solution to clean hardwood flooring.

White vinegar is a natural deodorizer, absorbing odors instead of covering them up. (And no, your bathroom won't smell like a salad! Any vinegar aroma disappears when dry.)

With no coloring agents, white vinegar won't stain grout on tiled surfaces. Because it cuts detergent residue, white vinegar makes a great fabric softener substitute for families with sensitive skin.


If you need to recycle old bottles and remove any sticky residue from previous labels you can use :

  • Baking Soda & Water Paste (just rub gently into the goo, then wipe off with a warm wet cloth)
  • Baby Oil (mineral oil)
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • peanut butter


And for fun, I have a give away below of some Green Laundry detergent from VASKA. Just a sample size to try AND a $10.00 giftcard to Alice.com for new customers!



2 comments:

brown eyed girl said...

If loving the smell of bleach is wrong, I don't wanna be right!!

However, tree hugging hippie husband would side with you. He makes me wear yellow rubber gloves when I clean with bleach. How's that for a visual?!

Courtney said...

Always be careful (not just you, but your readers too) when mixing your own stuff. Make sure the info is from a reputable site. You don't want it to turn into a chemistry set and blow up (and it will. I learned in all my chem labs through college that it definitely WILL blow up).

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