Go Green & Save Green: 5 Natural Cleaning Tips


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:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Sandalwood
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme

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:

Avoid Toxins in the Kitchen: Make Your Own Disinfecting Spray

My Favorite Floor Cleaner

Homemade Soft Scrub and Non-toxic Bathroom Cleaning Tips

Homemade Cleaning Recipes for the Entire House

Homemade Air Freshener: Calming and Deodorizing Room Spray

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!

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Comments

  1. Question– I’ve recently tried a homemade “all-purpose” cleaner w/baking soda, vinegar, water and some essential oil but it left my surfaces with a slightly powdery coat. Am I doing something wrong?

    • Sometimes baking soda does that. Have you tried it with just vinegar, water, and essential oils? That is the combo I usually use for my all-purpose cleaners. Sometimes I add a little castile soap too.

      Hope that helps.

  2. One thing I have not gotten into is using essential oils. The cost is intimidating even though I know that they will last me a really REALLY long time. You’ve got to harass me about that until I give in, ok?

    • Ha ha! OK. I can do that :)

      I waited a really long time before getting essential oils too. Once I made the initial investment I was so happy. It’s nice to see cleaning or body product recipes and be able to make them right away. There are some I have not had to replace yet, and I’ve had them for a few years.

      I have friend who orders at almost wholesale prices through the Frontier co-op and they are very inexpensive, especially on sale. Mountain Rose Herbs is not bad either.

      The ones I would recommend, when you do decide to get some are:
      Lavender
      Tea tree
      Eucalyptus
      Lemon
      Sweet Orange

      Those are the ones I use the most anyway.

      1st stage of harassment complete :)

      • Therapeutic grade essential oils can be expensive. But I use Butterfly Express oils and they are AMAZING! Not only are they therapeutic grade oils, but they’re affordable…well, comparatively so. :) You should check them out! :)

  3. I’ve just started learning more about essential oils. Love those guys!

  4. This is such a great post! Would you mind sharing it on my Wildcrafting Wednesday blog carnival? I’m sure my readers would love it! :)

    Thanks!
    ~ Kathy

  5. I found you from the Homemaker’s Challenge guest post today! I’m a pastor’s wife too! I have been wanting to get into the essential oils but I don’t know what to start with! Since they are soooo expensive I want to choose wisely – help please!!! :0)

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