My aunt Julie is one of the coolest people I know. She is in her early 70s and runs triathlons and wins most of the ones she competes in. She beat pancreatic cancer a number of years ago and never skipped a beat. I admire her greatly. She is the mentor that every woman wishes for and always has a great wealth of ideas to share with me, no matter what new venture I am exploring.
She is committed to living a healthy lifestyle and an advocate for green living. Recently she shared with me her all natural- earth- animal- and people-friendly recipes for green home cleaning that anyone can create for a fraction of the cost of household cleaners. Here are her wonderful green cleaning recipes for a healthier planet. Thank you Aunt Julie!
Aunt Julie’s Green Home Cleaning Essentials:
BAKING SODA (sodium bicarbonate): An all-purpose cleaner; cleans, deodorizes, removes stains, softens fabric, cleans silverware and glassware.
BORAX (sodium borate): A natural mineral that kills mold and bacteria, deodorizes, removes stains; an alternative to bleach.
CASTILE SOAP: Cleans everything.
CORNSTARCH: Starches clothes, absorbs oil and grease.
HERBS and ESSENTIAL OILS: Mostly used to add fragrance. Some oils may have antibacterial properties (particularly Lavender and Tea Tree oil).
HYDROGEN PEROXIDE (3%): A disinfectant.
LEMON/LIME JUICE: Cuts grease, removes perspiration/other stains from clothing (a bleach alternative), also used to clean/polish wood.
SALT (sodium chloride): An abrasive; removes rust (alongside lemon juice) and cleans copper
TOOTHPASTE (white, plain): A mild abrasive; can remove water stains from wood, replaces silver polish.
WHITE distilled VINEGAR (acetic acid): An all-purpose cleaner; cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, kills mold/mildew, removes dirt from wood.
Home Cleaning Recipes
1/2 cup vinegar (or ¼ lemon juice)
4 tbs Borax
4 cups hot water
Mix ingredients in spray bottle or bucket. Apply and wipe clean.
No-Streak Glass Cleaner
½ cup vinegar (or lemon juice)
¼ tsp castile soap
2 cups warm water
Mix ingredients, apply with a sponge or spray bottle. Wipe dry with newspaper
Citrus Floor Cleaner
1 gallon hot water
2 tablespoons castile soap
15 drops orange essential oil
8 drops lemon essential oil
(or ¼ cup lemon juice)
Mix together and get to work!
Wooden Furniture Polish
1 cup olive oil
½ cup lemon juice
Rub on wood with a soft cloth
Tub and Tile Cleaner
1 ½ cups Borax
½ cup of castile soap
½ cup water
2 tbs vinegar
Mix ingredients, apply and scrub.
½ cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar
1 gallon boiling water
Pour baking soda down drain/disposal, follow with vinegar. Allow the mixture to foam for several minutes before flushing the drain with boiling water.
To my Care2 readers…..please share with us your favorite green cleaning tips!
Erica Sofrina is a nationally recognized speaker, teacher, consultant and the author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is the Founder of Earth Spirit Adventure Travel and the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. You can find out more about Erica at www.ericasofrina.com