Green Clean Goodness
DIY Cleaner Basic Ingredients
If you want to start making your own DIY cleaners, the following staples can really help you a lot:
- Baking Power
- White vinegar
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Essential Oils
- Citrus peels
- Castile soap
- Good old water.
• BATH AND TILE CLEANER
In a jar or spray bottle, combine 1 2/3 cup baking soda with 1/2 cup castile liquid soap. Add 1/2 cup water and 2 tablespoons vinegar. Shake before using. Apply with a cloth or sponge and rinse well.
• TOILET BOWL CLEANER:
Mix 1/4 cup borax or baking powder and 1 cup vinegar in the toilet. Let it sit for 15 minutes (or longer, if necessary), scrub, and flush.
• SCOURING POWDER:
Combine 1 cup baking powder, 1 cup borax, and 1 cup kosher salt (the fine one) in a jar. Sprinkle on area to be cleaned, wipe with a sponge, and rinse.(You might want to wear gloves- borax dries out your skin)
• GLASS CLEANER:
Combine 1/4 cup vinegar and 4 cups warm water in a spray bottle. Use to clean glass or mirrors with a dry cloth or piece of newspaper.
• DRAIN CLEANER:
Pour 1/2 cup baking powder into drain followed by 1 cup vinegar. Let it sit and fizz for 15 minutes, then rinse boiling water. If it is badly blocked, leave baking soda and vinegar in overnight.
• FLOOR SANITIZER:
In a bucket, mix 1/2 cup borax with 3 liters. Apply with a mop or sponge. Rinsing is not necessary. You can add essential oils in there so it smells divine.
• SOAP SCUM REMOVER:
Sprinkle on baking powder, scrub with a cloth or sponge, and rinse. Vinegar or kosher salt can also work.
• MOLD OR MILDEW REMOVER:
Mix 1/2 cup borax and 1/2 cup vinegar to make a paste. Scrub with a brush or sponge and rinse with water. For tough mold, let it sit for an hour before rinsing with water.
• KITCHEN COUNTER CLEANER
Mix 1 cup of vinegar and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle with essential oils. Spray on your counter and leave for 15 minutes. Wipe down.