Baked on the Bright Side

Clean Green

August 10, 2015

If you like keeping your house clean and fresh but don’t like the chemicals in many household cleaning products, then keep reading below.

It’s easy to make your own natural cleaners with items in your pantry. There are a few common ingredients that you will use over and over again, like baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar, and olive oil. You can also add castile soap, a soap made of natural plant oils that will help cut through grease. On top of helping you save money and being gentle on the environment, these cleaning solutions actually work!

We’re going to start off with an easy all-purpose cleaner that is on two ingredients. That’s right, TWO! Mix one part vinegar to two parts water in a spray bottle and use for almost anything, including countertops, wood floors, soap scum, and so much more. This is a good base cleaner that you can add other ingredients to for more specific results.

When cleaning your bathroom, combine your vinegar mixture with some baking soda for scrubbing power. The best way to do this is to sprinkle some baking soda in your toilet or shower and spray the vinegar cleaner on top. Scrub with a sponge or cloth, and voila! Your surfaces are good as new.

Baking soda works well for scrubbing, but it’s also great for deodorizing. You can use it in your fridge or trash can, or mix it with some essential oils to freshen the air around your house naturally.

If you’re looking to replace dish soap and detergent, castile soap mixed with water makes a great substitute. For maximum disinfecting, mix 2 teaspoons castile soap with 1 cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. This mixture works best if you scrub it into a wet surface and rinse thoroughly when done.

Olive oil and vinegar work well together as a polish for wood surfaces and furniture. The vinegar helps disinfect while the olive oil conditions and keeps your surfaces soft and supple.

We hope you enjoyed these tips!