Transition tip: Make your own green cleaners.
It’s easy to make your own green cleaners with a few tried-and-true recipes. You’ll be protecting your health by avoiding using toxic chemicals in your home and these are better for the environment. Better yet, you’ll find yourself saving money.
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Here’s a round up of my posts on how to make your own green cleaners:
Conventional oven sprays contain some of the nastiest chemicals. Many are corrosive lye-based (sodium hydroxide) solutions that are dangerous to inhale.
Our green cleaner put the oven parts into the outside sink (which is larger and deeper then our kitchen sink) and soaked them for several hours. I wish I knew what she put in the water to soak off the grime.
I’ve had lots of success with using bicarb soda and vinegar for cleaning the top of stove and around the hot plates. The only problem was that I accidentally blocked up the gas hole and then one plate didn’t work properly until I gave it another more thorough clean.
Mix bicarb soda with water and leave the paste on for half an hour to loosen the grime, then wipe it off with a sponge or rag.
Karen Logan in ‘Clean House Clean Planet‘ recommends using a putty knife, razor and pumice stone to clean the oven.
A solution of half vinegar, half water sprayed on stains half an hour before washing helps to remove grass, juice, mildew, coffee and tea.
Hairspray helps remove ink stains.
Other green stain remover products to try are:
Conventional bathroom cleaners often contain harsh toxic chemicals.
Washing soda cleans hard surfaces such as walls, sinks, tiles and tubs, but it rusts aluminum.
To remove mould from a shower curtain, mix 2 tablespoons of tea tree oil with 2 cups of water, spritz on and leave for a least two hours.
Vinegar also kills mould.
Other green bathroom cleaner products to try are:
For a smear-free finish to clean windows make up the following solution in a spray container:
1 part white distilled vinegar or lemon juice to
4 parts water
You may like to add a few drops of lemon essential oils.
Spray on the glass and wipe away marks with a chamois or crumpled newspaper.
A cost-effective alternative to conventional laundry detergents can be made with the following ingredients:
Equal parts bicarb soda, washing soda and soap flakes.
White vinegar can also be added to act as a fabric softener and deodoriser.
We add a couple of drops of tea tree oil to kill off any dust mites and leave a fresh smell. You could use your favourite essential oil instead.
Other green laundry products to try are:
Rhonda from Down to Earth blog has a recipe for homemade laundry liquid.
Conventional drain cleaners usually contain lye, which is a potentially lethal acidic solution that burns the skin.
An old-fashioned plunger will usually do the trick. Place the plunger over the sink hole and create a seal. Pump until the block is gone. You may need to add some hot water and have a few goes.
Here’s a recipe to make your own drain cleaner:
1 cup of baking soda
1/2 cup of vinegar
- Pour down the baking soda followed by the vinegar and cover the drain for 3o minutes, or overnight if possible.
- Then slowly pour down boiling water.
We keep our kitchen sink clean by tipping used cooking oil into an old glass bottle for disposal, and regularly using Actizyme overnight.
Alternatively try one of these green products: