Earth Day is here and whether or not you’re into the whole going green thing, one thing is certain, our environment does have a biological impact on us. I thought that today would be a great day to look at some environmentally safe, natural DIY cleaners you can make right in your home. I think you’re going to be surprised how easy it is to make your own homemade all purpose cleaner, natural dusting spray, and how many recipes use vinegar.

Easy environmentally friendly cleaning recipes

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5 Easy Homemade Cleaning Solution Recipes

Dusting Spray

  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup vinegar (to get rid of the vinegar smell, put the rind of one lemon or other citrus in vinegar and allow it to sit for about two weeks)
  • 2 TBSP oil – Olive oil is probably the most readily available oil in your home so that’s fine to use.
  • 10 drops lemon or orange essential oil

Instructions

  1. Pour water and vinegar into spray bottle.
  2. Add olive oil and essential oils.
  3. Cover bottle and shake well.

All natural homemade dusting spray. Easy to use and cheap to make! #natural #greencleaning #diy

All-Purpose Disinfectant

  • 2 tsp. borax
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 3-4 cups hot water
  • 15 drops tea tree oil

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle and mix well.
  2. For extra cleaning power, add 1/4 tsp. liquid soap (like Dawn Natural to the mixture)

All-purpose natural homemade recipe made with products from your own pantry. Easy and safe for the environment. #greencleaning #diy #allnaturalcleaner #homemade

Glass Cleaner

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 cups warm water

Instructions

  • All the ingredients placed into a clean spray bottle
  • Shake to mix.
  • Use the same way you would a store-bought glass cleaner. Take your greenness up a notch and use newspaper to wipe up the solution.

Homemade Window Cleaner using vinegar, corn start and warm water. It doesn't get any greener or budget friendly than this great cleaning solution.

Tile Cleaner
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • Liquid castile soap – Like Dr. Bronner’s
  • 5 – 10 drops lavender or other essential oil you like the smell of.

Instructions

Place the baking soda in a mixing bowl and then slowly pour in the castile soap, stirring until it looks like frosting, and then add the essential oil. To use, dip a sponge into the mixture and then scrub and rinse. For added power, cut a lemon in half and use it instead of a sponge.
Tile Cleaner All Natural. Gentle on the environment but tough on those places that need good scrubbing. #greencleaning #diy #homemade #essentialoils

Floor Cleaner

I use this solution on my own floors using a spray bottle and a rag to hand wash the floor. Yes, it takes longer but there’s nothing better than a hand-cleaned floor.

  • 3 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 16 ounces of warm water
  • 1-2 drops essential oils (I love lemon or lemon and clove for my hardwood floors)

Green cleaning floors

Why do green cleaning recipes use white vinegar?

White vinegar is very acidic and because of that it’s able to get a lot of dirt, grime, glue, hard water stains, you name it, off of a surface. Vinegar shouldn’t be used on everything. If you have natural stone or granite do not use vinegar on it as it will eat away and the surface.

How do you make natural cleaning with essential oils?

It’s really easy to use essential oils to make natural cleaning solutions. The tricky part is how to store the solution once it’s made and ready to go. If you’re using essential oils you’ll want to store your cleaning solution in a glass spray bottle. This is because exposure to heat, light, and/or the sun can speed up the expiration of the oils. Also, if you’re using a citrus oil, over time, it can eat away at the plastic. Look for either amber or cobalt glass for your spray bottle.

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