More and more people are turning to green cleaning. Some do so as a way to save money by making their own cleaners or switching to cheaper options. Others do it for health and environmental reasons, and still others do it for all of the above. I personally do it for all of the above reasons, but mostly for the environmental and health reasons. I try to be a healthy person, and do what’s best for my family and pets. I also highly value nature and strive to do as little damage to it as I can, saving money is a (welcome) side effect!
Here is what you can find in my green cleaning cabinet:
- Baking Soda
- Spray Bottle (try re-purposing one!)
- Sponge/rag/old newspapers
Here’s my biggest tip: Nearly everything can be cleaned with a vinegar/water solution. Everything! Wooden cutting boards, counter tops, windows, sinks, tubs! For added scrubbing power add some baking soda. I have a spray bottle of 50/50 mix of water and vinegar as my household cleaner. Due to it’s acidity vinegar kills many germs, some essentials oils like tea tree oil also have antibacterial and antiviral properties. WARNING! Essential oils can be dangerous or at the very least, irritating! Just ask anyone who has had a painful encounter with Cinnamon essential oil (it burns). Cats in particular are very sensitive to essential oils, especially tea tree oil. Do not use it around or ON animals. Remember, just because something is natural doesn’t mean it can’t hurt you or your pets!
For Windows/Mirrors: Spray your 50/50 mixture of water/vinegar onto your window, wipe with a rag or or for a streak free shine use newspapers!
For Wooden Cutting boards: Rub salt into the board. It will remove smells and dry up any moisture. Wipe and discard salt…or save for cleaning another day.
General Purpose Cleaning: Spray water/vinegar mix and wipe with a cloth. This works great on appliances, counter tops, and even cabinets!