I’m excited to be participating in the Go Green & Save Green Series with several other green bloggers this week! We’ll be talking about different areas of green and natural living, showing you how to go green while saving money at the same time! Be sure to check out the great links at the end of this post!
1. Use vinegar!
I covered this pretty thoroughly before so won’t go into much detail. Just be sure to have some vinegar on hand. It works in place of so many cleaning products! Use it to clean the windows, walls, floor, toilet, bath, and unblock and deodorize the drain!
2. Don’t overlook the power of soap and water.
Squirt a little natural dishsoap into a bucket, then fill with warm water and you’ll be able to clean all manner of things. It’s excellent on counter tops and floors as well as the dining table.
When I get the cleaning bug I like to fill a few containers with soapy water, and give one to each of the kids. We can turn up the music and scrub the house from top to bottom.
3. Harness the power of Essential Oils
Many essential oils are excellent germ fighters, plus they smell great!I like to add a few drops to a spray bottle filled with vinegar for a powerful disinfecting spray and include them in a bucket of warm water for a great floor cleaner. They have also starred in homemade laundry detergent and carpet cleaners.
The following essential oils are antiviral, antibiotic, antiseptic, and antibacterial:
- Tea Tree
4. An ounce of prevention…
Finding a simple maintenance routine means helps you avoid big jobs in which breaking out the chemicals is a temptation. For example, wiping down the shower regularly will mean you won’t have to give it a scrubbing very often. Spray the shower walls with vinegar after each shower and you won’t have to worry about soap scum build up.
5. Make it easy.
Keeping spray bottles, vinegar, and essential oils on hand will mean you can cleaning tackle jobs as needed. Attach recipes directly to the spray bottle so they can be easily refilled. Remember that many homemade cleaning products can be used for a variety of tasks, so don’t make a new recipe for every single job (like I sometimes do!). If we want to stick with natural cleaners, we have to keep it simple!
I’m a bit of a natural cleaning fanatic! Here are some of the other posts I’ve written on the topic:
Check Out These Other Great Posts in the Go Green & Save Green Series:
Kinda Crunchy Kate: Swap Paper Towels and Napkins for Cloth
Open Eye Health: Natural Cleaning : Less is More
Do you have any natural, non-toxic cleaning tips to share? I’d love to hear them!
Want to Create your own handmade products?
Check out the Hand Made Masterclass!
- make your own nourishing soaps with natural colorants
- beeswax candles in Mason jars
- herbal infused body butters and moisturizers
- create your own customized tinted lip balms and lipsticks
You’ll also get:
- countdown calendar to Christmas to help you plan out your handmade gifts
- tried and true recipes for making your own handmade natural products
Each project is broken down in the amount of hands on time, cost per item, how long until you can use the item, and so much more!
The class includes 8 lessons and video tutorials, plus a bonus lesson on how to make herbal salves and ointments.
**If that’s not all, you’ll also get a physical paperback copy of _Hand Made: the Modern Guide to Made-from-Scratch Living._*
It’s really the hand made jackpot!!