I try and “go green” as much as I can in life. Green is good for the earth, my peas and my wallet. Sometimes it’s the small changes that make the most difference, and today I want to share three natural and “green” homemade cleaners that you can swap with your store bought brands. These are all made with ingredients that come from your kitchen, so if your toddler got their hands on the bottle, there is nothing poisonous in it. These ingredients also cost pennies on the dollar and can be bought in large batches. That translates into the ability to make a dozen bottles of cleaner for the price of one or two of the store brand.
Do these cleaners work as well? The answer is YES! They work well enough for daily use and really do get that dirt and grime off!
Here are my three natural can’t live without cleaners:
1. For glass and windows:
In a spray bottle mix-
2 c. warm water
1/4 c. vinegar
1/4 c. rubbing alcohol
1 T corn starch
– This cleaner makes your windows and glass all sparkly and clean, without any streaks! It’s great for using multiple times a day and works perfectly. The cornstarch will settle in between uses so shake before each use.
2. For stainless steel:
In a spray bottle mix-
1/2 the bottle of vinegar
1/2 the bottle of water
– Simple, simple! It makes your fridge and stove front all shiny and streak free. My kids make my fridge dirty in 3.2 seconds with their hand prints so I use this cleaner about 6 times a day. Perfect for using with a microfiber cloth or paper towels. I already use vinegar and water on my floors, so why not the fridge! 😉
3. For baths and sinks:
In a dish scrubber mix-
1/2 dish soap
– I’m sure you have seen this going around on Pinterest like me, so I won’t try to take credit for it, but I will tell you that I have made this and it REALLY does work. The dish scrubber can be kept in the shower and if you give your tub a quick scrub down before getting out, it will stay nice and clean in between deep cleanings. I keep one in both tubs and have the kids clean their tub before they get out. We call him “Mr. Scrubby” and they fight over who’s turn it is to clean the tub!
These cleaners are easy to make and use and they REALLY work well. Most of the traditional cleaners are so full of toxins that they aren’t healthy for an adult to breathe in, let alone a child who wants to help mommy. Try swapping one (or three) with your traditional cleaners and see what you think! How do you try and be a more “green” mama? Do you have a natural cleaner you can’t live without? Please share!