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10 DIY Green Cleaning Recipes

10 DIY Green Cleaning Recipes

The first day of spring is coming up in just a week and a half, and that means it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning! Instead of harsh store-bought cleaners, try some of these DIY green cleaning recipes to get your house squeaky clean with no toxic residue.

Related Reading: Top 10 Toxic Ingredients to Avoid

So many of the cleaning supplies that you find at the store are loaded with toxic chemicals. Not all chemicals are harmful, of course,  but because of very loose oversight about what can and can’t go into household cleaning products, there are some nasties in those bottles. Offenders range from allergens to endocrine disruptors to carcinogens, and some ingredients – like fragrance — are so vague that you really have no way of knowing what chemicals they refer to.

Finding Green Cleaning Supplies: Your Options

There are two ways to opt out of the guesswork: do your research or make your own green cleaning supplies.

My advice would be to make what you can and research what you don’t have time to make. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database is an excellent resource for the research end. You can search thousands of products and individual ingredients to find out what’s really in those bottles.

If you want to go the DIY route with some or all of your cleaning arsenal, check out the green cleaning recipes below!

10 DIY Green Cleaning Recipes

Who needs bleach-filled cleaning wipes when you can make your own?

10 DIY Green Cleaning Recipes

1. Homemade Wood Polish – This two-ingredient recipe leaves your wood furniture shiny and clean with no artificial ingredients.

2. DIY Laundry Soap – You can make your own natural laundry soap for pennies a load!

3. Homemade Cleaning Wipes – Store-bought cleaning wipes contain toxic cleansers like bleach. These wipes get the job done naturally at a fraction of the price.

4. Homemade Soft Scrub – Keep grout and tile looking great with just two ingredients.

5. All Purpose Cleaner – There are a lot of ways that you can mix up this recipe, but the most basic version only takes seconds to make.

6. Natural Drain Cleaners – Drop the Drano and use these healthier options instead.

7. DIY Bathroom Cleaning Kit – Scrub your bathroom from top to bottom with this set of homemade cleaning products.

8. Non-Toxic Oven Cleaner – Cleaning the oven is a hassle, but you don’t need harmful chemicals to do the job.

9. Organic Carpet Cleaner – Got carpeting? Try these natural solutions to keep it looking clean and smelling fresh.

10. Organic Laundry Sachet – Skip the incredibly toxic dryer sheets and get great-smelling laundry with an herbal sachet. The one thing a sachet won’t do is reduce static cling. If you have trouble with static, try these homemade dryer sheets!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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12:40PM PST on Feb 19, 2015

thanks for sharing :)

1:37AM PST on Jan 27, 2015

Thank you!

3:46PM PDT on Apr 22, 2014

Thank you for the tips.

11:27AM PDT on Mar 20, 2014

I like the post, but would have liked it to have included the basic ingredients for each, to see if you even wanted to click over to the recipe, rather than having to follow ten links. For me, basic white vinegar, alcohol and baking soda can basically clean everything I have any need to clean in my entire house without ruining anything or costing a fortune.

10:34AM PDT on Mar 18, 2014

Love this post, thanks!

7:32PM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

Thank you!

11:19AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

TY.

9:43AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

some good options

7:56AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

I like these ideas, and simple "recipes".

6:08AM PDT on Mar 17, 2014

ty

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