Cheap and Green Super Spring Cleaning

I really do like things clean and organized.  Like, I really do!  I don’t know what it is about having everything in its place for me.  It makes me feel so…at peace.  We just moved into a new house a week or so ago, and it feels so nice to live in a place that I feel like I can actually keep clean again.  Ah, no more mice, no more unfinished wood floors, no more excessive dust, and much less space to clean.  It just makes me happy.  You really have no idea.  I strangely can’t wait to clean my new house.  Maybe I’m a bit of a weirdo, but  I am ok with that.

There are two things that bother me about most cleaning supplies that are on the market.  I don’t like to have lots of unwanted toxins around my family and my kids, and I really think that the prices are way too high for most of the cleaning supplies that are out there.  I don’t like to shell out all the money that I might normally use to eat to buy stuff to clean.  So, over the years I have experimented with homemade cleaning supplies, I have also tried many of the green brands that are on the market which also seem to cost way too much too.  Though I still have an occasional “green brand” on hand, you can typically find me buying over-sized boxes of baking soda, way too many bottles of white vinegar, borax, and washing soda.

Since it is time to get your spring cleaning on I thought I would share some of my favorite recipes for homemade cleaners.  If this is your first time using homemade cleaners keep in mind that vinegar is a disinfectant.  So, there is no need to worry about your home being overrun with germs just because you aren’t using commercial cleaners.

Natural Disinfectant Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar (source: Naturally Knocked Up)

1. Spray Hydrogen Peroxide over infected surface.

2. Spray vinegar over infected surface.

3. Let sit for a few seconds and wipe clean.

All Purpose Cleaner

1 cup vinegar

1 cup of water

1 tablespoon or two of liquid soap

optional: add 10 drops of essential oil, lavender, peppermint, tea tree
Note: Tea Tree oil is also a disinfectant so it can work great for yucky surfaces

Mix your ingredients in a spray bottle and shake!

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

I usually sprinkle the bowl with Baking soda and then spray or pour white vinegar into it.  Then let sit while you clean a few other things and come back and scrub clean.

 Homemade Laundry Detergent Powder

2 cups finely grated bar of soap

1 cup washing soda

1 cup of borax powder

Mix well and store in an air tight container. Use 2 Tablespoons per full load.  Add a few drops of essential oil to wash water if desired. 

Do you have any favorite natural cleaning recipes?