{Spring Cleaning} Earth Day Style

Did you know today is Earth Day? If your unfamiliar with Earth Day,the day is intended to bring awareness and appreciation for the environment. Today your may choose to plant a tree, introduce some recycling bins in your home, or help pick up trash at your local park or beach. I think what people don’t realize is that they can make a big difference for the environment in little ways.
One way you can make an impact is to make your own household cleaners. Not only is it better for the earth but you will keep a lot of harsh chemicals out of your home and away from your family, not to mention you’ll save money!
Several months ago I shared my at home glass cleaner. Here’s the recipe:
1/4 Cup Vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon Liquid Soap (I use Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap)
2 Cups Water
1/4 Teaspoon Lemon EO (This works as an antibacterial, anti fungal, and a antimicrobial)
Just mix all the ingredients together in a spray bottle. I suggest shaking the bottle before using. Use a lint free rag or newspaper to clean with.
Bath and Shower Scrub:
1 Cup Baking Soda
1/4 tsp your choice of mixed EO (Eucalyptus, Peppermint, citrus and/or Tea Tree)
Mix everything and store in a covered glass jar (I use a mason jar). Use a wet sponge/cloth to clean.
All-Purpose Cleanser:

1 Cup Distilled Water
1/2 Cup Vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon Liquid Soap (optional)
1/4 tsp your choice of mixed EO (Eucalyptus, Peppermint, citrus and/or Tea Tree)

Mix ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake before use.
Floor Cleaner

1 Gallon Hot Water
2 Tablespoons Liquid Castile Soap
1/4 tsp. your choice of mixed EO (Eucalyptus, Peppermint, citrus and/or Tea Tree)

Blend all ingredients in bucket. Mop floor as usual.

Carpet Deodorizer

16 oz Baking soda
1/2 tsp your choice of mixed EO (Eucalyptus, Peppermint, citrus and/or Tea Tree)

Mix well and store in covered glass jar. Sprinkle the deodorizer onto your carpet by hand or with a sugar shaker.Wait 10-20 minutes and then vacuum normally.
For all of my cleaners I use reusable spray bottles (either old cleaner bottles or a spray bottle from the $1 store) or glass mason jars. Not only are you using greener cleaners for your home but you will also be reusing the containers, decreasing waste.
There are the basics, the day to day cleaning products to use in your home. If you have any questions or would like help for a specific cleaning issue (I have many more recipes and green cleaning tips) please let me know!
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Comments

  1. Great post and thanks I’ve been meaning to look for recipes. Where do you buy your EO?

  2. I get mine here: http://www.lassens.com/shop/subcategory2.asp?storeID=V92HGBD7X6SR2LR60G03N0ET9MR4BDF3&category=Aromatherapy&category_id=25&subcategory=Essential+Oils&subcategory_id=35

    They have a store local but you can order online through them. You should look around in your local area for any kind of natural health food store!

  3. I have started making my own household cleansers and washing powder too. I love it! Its feels good to use stuff that’s healthy earth friendly and saves money.

  4. thank you for the recipes! visiting from tatertots & jello! i’ve been looking for some home cleaning recipes, and here you are!

  5. Love this! I am still working on my Spring cleaning, so I will definitely be making some of these! I would LOVE for you to link it up to my new blog party @ http://www.homemakerinheels.com/2011/04/inspire-me-monday-week-1-is-here-come.html
    Hope you have a fantastic week!
    Crysta:)

  6. Great post! I love using water and vinegar to clean my surfaces! Please stop by http://www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party!

  7. I have got to try these ideas! I just bought a brand new bottle of Dr Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap, so I am ready to go!

  8. Thanks for the recipes! I can’t wait to try some of these.

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