Thursday, August 12, 2010

Money-Saving Green Cleaning Recipes

by Melissa Rubin

Making your own cleaning products is not only good for the environment, but it is also good for your wallet! Money saving techniques that are good for the environment can really make a difference in your home.

As we said on our green cleaning page, organic cleaners tend to have less alcohol and ammonia, which makes them not only smell good and not have that alcohol smell that many cleaning supplies have, but also creates an atmosphere where you have fewer chemicals in your home. Another great aspect of green cleaning products is that they use everyday products one can find around the house!

Creating your own cleaning products is simple, and they can be used on almost every surface. Here are some tips on how to make your own products and where to use them around the house.

Porcelain and Tile

  • Baking soda and water
  • Lemon juice or vinegar
  • Disinfectant

Kitchen Counters

  • Baking soda and water
  • Kosher salt and water
  • Natural disinfectant

Windows and Mirrors

  • White vinegar, water and newspaper (a substitute for the vinegar is lemon juice and/or club soda)

Carpet and Rug

  • Beat the rugs
  • Club soda
  • Cornmeal
  • Spot cleaner
  • Baking soda/cornstarch (deodorizes)

Wood Flooring

  • Vinegar and water


  • Aluminum foil, boiling water, baking soda and salt

All of these combinations are usually taken in equal parts. The green cleaning product of natural disinfectant that is mentioned is composed of 2 cups water, 3 tablespoons of liquid soap and 20-30 drops of tea tree oil.

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