How to Clean Your Home Without Green Cleaners
Why Choose Green Cleaning
As I’ve become more aware of the impact my choices have on the environment and my family’s health, I’ve looked for ways to reduce the toxins in my home. Conventional cleaners often contain harmful chemicals like ammonia, bleach, and formaldehyde. These ingredients can cause issues like:
- Breathing problems or asthma attacks
- Skin and eye irritation
- Headaches and dizziness
- Long-term organ damage
Green cleaning uses natural, non-toxic ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils. Going green has many benefits:
- Improves indoor air quality
- Reduces exposure to harmful chemicals
- Better for people with asthma or allergies
- Environmentally friendly and sustainable
- Cost effective – homemade cleaners are cheap!
While you can buy green cleaning products, making your own at home lets you control exactly what goes into them. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make effective cleaners that are safe for your family and home.
Equipment and Ingredients
Cleaning your home without chemicals doesn’t require much. Here are the basic supplies I use for homemade cleaners:
- Spray bottles
- Glass bottles or jars
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Rags, sponges, brushes
- Microfiber cloths
- Distilled white vinegar – cuts grease, removes odors, disinfects
- Baking soda – scours, deodorizes, soft abrasive
- Lemon juice – cuts grease, bleaches stains, freshens scent
- Hydrogen peroxide – disinfects, whitens, deodorizes
- Castile soap – adds cleaning power, cuts grease
- Essential oils – add natural scents
Other Handy Ingredients
- Coarse salt – scours and scrubs
- Borax – disinfects and deodorizes
- Washing soda – removes stains and grease
- Cornstarch – absorbs odors and cleans windows
Recipes for Homemade Cleaners
With just a few basic ingredients, you can make a range of effective DIY cleaners:
An all-purpose cleaner can be used to clean most surfaces in your home.
– 1 part vinegar
– 1 part water
– 5-10 drops essential oil (optional)
Combine in a spray bottle and use on countertops, appliances, windows, mirrors, and more. The vinegar cuts grease and the essential oils add a fresh scent.
This homemade disinfectant spray kills germs using hydrogen peroxide.
– 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
– 1/4 cup water
– 10 drops tea tree oil
Mix together in a spray bottle. Tea tree oil adds antibacterial properties. Spray on surfaces and let sit for several minutes before wiping clean.
For clogged or smelly drains, baking soda and vinegar can break up gunk and odor naturally.
Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, followed by 1 cup vinegar. Cover and let fizz for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with hot water. For prevention, pour baking soda and vinegar down drains weekly.
Mix a simple cleaner for vinyl, tile, and wood floors.
– 1/4 cup vinegar
– 1 gallon warm water
Add vinegar to water and mop floors as usual. The vinegar shines floors without leaving chemical residue.
Tips for Green Cleaning
Switching to natural cleaners takes some adjustment. Here are my top tips:
- Start slow by replacing one cleaner at a time
- Use microfiber cloths – they clean with only water
- Let solutions sit to allow ingredients time to work
- Scrub tough stains gently with baking soda or salt
- Open windows – ventilation is key for natural cleaners
- Make labels so everyone knows homemade cleaners
With a little practice, you can clean your whole house with simple, natural ingredients. Going green is healthy, safe, and economical. Try these DIY cleaners to reduce chemicals in your home.