Environmental cleaning solutions are a great way to reduce your chemical footprint, and increase air quality, too. Here are 5 sustainable solutions to consider.
It is the start of 2015, which means it’s time for a change. Instead of using the usual, store-bought household cleaners, we urge you to think outside of the box. Below, we have listed some DIY eco-friendly cleaners to try in 2015. Made from ingredients sitting in your pantry, these will not only save you money but you can be on your way to rid your house of harmful chemicals in no time!
Eco-friendly cleaner #1: all-purpose cleaner
Save money on antibacterial cleaners and soaps, many of which have been linked to environmental harm. Kill germs naturally with this all-purpose vinegar cleaner recipe.
Solution: Mix nine parts water with one part white vinegar. Mix thoroughly in a spray bottle and clean away!
Eco-friendly cleaner #2: tile cleaner
Common tile cleaners are laced with chemicals. This year, clean your showers with this green scrubbing paste instead.
Solution: Mix ½ cup baking soda, liquid soap, and five to ten drops of pure essential oil in either a lavender, rosemary, or tea tree scent. Place the baking soda in a bowl, slowly pour in the liquid soap until it forms a frosting-like consistency. Add in the essential oils. Scoop this mixture on a sponge, scrub, and rinse.
Eco-friendly cleaner #3: glass cleaner
While typical glass cleaners can be expensive, this DIY option can definitely help you save some money.
Solution: Mix 2 cups water, ½ cup of white or cider vinegar, ¼ cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentrate), and one to two drops of orange essential oil. While this last ingredient is optional, it is recommended as it will give off a lovely, fresh smell. Combine all items in a spray bottle. Make sure to spray this concentrate on a paper towel first then apply to glass. Also, note to not use this on a hot, sunny day as it will dry too quickly and leave lots of streaks.
Eco-friendly cleaner #4: furniture polish
Need to spruce up your wood? Try these safe, environmentally friendly recipes for both varnished and unvarnished wood.
Solution: For varnished wood, mix a few drops of lemon oil with ½ cup warm water. Make sure to shake well and spray onto a soft, cotton damp cloth. Wipe the furniture with this cloth followed by wiping once more with a dry cotton cloth. For unvarnished wood, mix two teaspoons oil with lemon juice. Apply to a soft, cotton cloth and wipe furniture as needed.
Eco-friendly cleaner #5: carpet cleaner
This homemade cleaner will not only not break the bank but it will make your carpet look brand new.
Solution: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water. Spray directly onto the stain and let sit for several minutes. Clean with a toothbrush or sponge using warm, soapy water. For grease stains, sprinkle corn starch and allow the carpet to absorb for fifteen to thirty minutes before vacuuming.
There you have it! Instead of running to the store for cleaner, now you can turn to your pantry for DIY cleaning inspiration.