Is eco cleaning for you? I have very high standards when it comes to a clean home. Avoiding harmful chemicals & toxic ingredients is a must in our home. Now you can buy green cleaning products, but you can make natural cleaners with things you have around your home at a fraction of the cost. Here are several hacks to make natural cleaning products at affordable prices. Try adding these safe ingredients to your cleaning routine . I think you will surprised at the results!
What ingredients are in eco-friendly cleaning products?
- Castile Soap
- White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Rubbing Alcohol
Eco Cleaning Hacks Video
HOW CAN I BE ECO FRIENDLY WHEN CLEANING?
- Use chemical free cleaners, and/or create your own cleaners with chemical free ingredients.
- Use a recycled or reusable spray bottle or containers for cleaning
- Use reusable cleaning cloths like microfiber, old t-shirts, or wash clothes. Avoid paper towels.
LET’S GET STARTED ON OUR EASY ECO CLEANING HACKS
HOW DO YOU MAKE ECO-FRIENDLY SURFACE CLEANER?
I like to use these glass squirt bottles or other refillable bottles that can be reused again and again. They are also dark-colored glass to protect the integrity of your ingredients.
I use Castile Soap as my all purpose cleaner. It is one of my go to household products and eco-friendly cleaner. It’s chemical-free, has natural ingredients that cuts through grease, and kills germs. You can purchase this unscented for those who are sensitive to smells. If you like to have a scent in your cleaner look at the product packaging and make sure the scent is written in its Latin form. This means it’s a true scent and not a perfume which is a chemical.
Fill the rest of the reusable bottle with water, place the lid on, and gently shake the bottle to mix the soap and water.
Spray this cleaner onto any of the following surfaces:
- Counter tops or other hard surfaces (and it’s safe for granite counters)
- Tile & Grout including back splashes
- Glass Shower Doors
- Fiberglass tubs and basins
Wipe your surface with a clean microfiber cloth, washcloth, or cotton scraps made from old t-shirts. Once you are finished with the cleaning cloths you can just throw them in the washing machine and reuse them.
HOW DO YOU POLISH CHROME NATURALLY?
After cleaning my faucets, chrome, brass, stainless, etc with my multi-surface cleaner, I use a dry clean microfiber cloth to buff them and it leaves them streak-free.
HOW DO YOU MAKE GLASS CLEANER ECO-FRIENDLY?
I clean my glass and mirrors with a microfiber cleaning set. The first cloth you get wet with water and wipe down your windows and mirror.
The second cloth is called a buffing cloth that you use dry and wipe off the surface. These simple cloths do an amazing job. Who know you could simply use a cloth and water to clean and leave your windows and mirrors streak-free? Once again, you can launder these clothes (and be sure to follow the instructions as some are not supposed to go through the dryer or use fabric softener with.
IS VINEGAR ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY?
Yes. Vinegar is my go to bathroom cleaner. It is a great natural cleaner that I love to use it for my tile and grout. Its acidic properties help cut through the build-up and bring grout back to its original color without using toxic chemicals.
I mix a ratio of 1:10 vinegar/water. Again, I pour this into reusable bottles that I always have on hand for all my cleaning routines.
I use this vinegar solution to clean:
- back splashes
- tile floors
- tile and grout
- counters (*Please note this is not safe for granite)
WHAT REMOVES SOAP SCUM NATURALLY?
The vinegar solution will take care of soap scum. Simply spray on the vinegar solution and let it sit for a minute, then use a non-abrasive reusable scrub pad to get rid of the soap scum. You can also fight soap scum with soap or dish soap. Using a like substance loosens the soap and then allows you to wipe it away.
Sometimes after cleaning, you’ll see spots on your glass, most of the time this is mineral deposits in your water that have etched your glass. This cannot go away but can be stopped by squeegeeing your glass after showers to remove the water with minerals from your glass.
After using vinegar, be sure to give it a warm water rinse to stop the acidity from continuing to work and eat away at your grout.
HOW DO YOU CLEAN YOUR HOUSE WITH BAKING SODA?
Baking soda is one of my all time favorite natural products to use for cleaning. It is a base and slightly abrasive so keep that in mind when using it.
I like to put my baking soda in a mason or recycled jar with a screw-on flip top that you can sprinkle it out of.
Use baking soda to clean:
- shower basins
You can sprinkle it into a sink, use a reusable scrub pad and scrub your sink clean. I use this on our stainless steel and porcelain sinks.
You can sprinkle it into trashcans as an odor eater.
You can combine two household cleaners to make a soft scrub mixture. Mix baking soda and add a little Castile soap to form a paste.
Scrub the mixture onto your surface using a reusable scrub pad, and rinse off when you’re finished.
I cleaned my bathroom today for this post, and you can use these tips and hacks anywhere in your home. Use these eco-friendly cleaners in your home in these areas
- light fixtures & outlets
- windows and mirrors
- family rooms
- living rooms
Are you ready to reduce your carbon footprint and environmental impact? Most of these items can be picked up at your local grocery store, and you don’t have to use conventional products to get your home clean.
You also might be interested in my
- DIY carpet cleaner
- essential oils spray
- Plant-based ingredients like castile soap, vinegar, lemon juice, etc
- Hydrogen peroxide toilet cleaner
- mop floors