Is eco cleaning for you? Avoiding harsh chemicals is a must in our home. Here are several hacks on a budget for your home.
What ingredients are in eco-friendly cleaning products?
- Castile Soap
- Baking Soda
- Hydrogen Peroide
- Rubbing Alcohol
How can I be Eco Friendly when cleaning?
- Use chemical free cleaners, and/or create your own cleaners with chemical free ingredients.
- Use recycled or reusable squirt bottles and containers for cleaning
- Use reusable cleaning cloths like microfiber, old t-shirts, or wash clothes
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 that can be reused again and again. They are also dark-colored glass to protect the integrity of your ingredients.
I use Castile Soap for one of my major cleaners. It’s chemical-free, has natural ingredients 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 make sure to look at the ingredients 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 bottle up 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:
- Counters (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 launder them 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. How amazing is it that you can 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 a great natural cleaner and 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.
I mix a ratio of 1:10 vinegar/water. I pour this into a reusable squirt bottle.
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. 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 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?
I like to put my baking soda in a mason jar. Baking soda 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 in our stainless steel and porcelain sinks.
You can sprinkle it into trashcans as an odor eater.
To make a soft scrub mixture place baking soda in a container and add a little Castile soap. Mix the 2 ingredients together until it forms 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
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