Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Clean and Green: Making Your Own Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

Do you ever feel like you're spending a ton of money on cleaning products and then literally watching it go down the drain? Are you searching for eco-friendly cleaning options? Do you feel like I'm one question away from advertising an "As-Seen-On-TV" product?

Seriously, all you need to do is raid your cabinets. White vinegar is particularly versatile. It's a natural deoderizer and disinfectant. Here are a couple of ways to use vinegar:

*Mix equal parts vinegar and water for a multipurpose cleaner.

*Pour 2 cups of vinegar around your toilet bowl and let stand for an hour or so to clean your toilet.

What else can you use in your kitchen? Baking soda and coarse salt (good for scrubbing), olive oil (good for cleaning stainless steel appliances and polishing unvarnished wood), and lemon juice (cleaning copper and brass).

Here are some articles and posts I love with some great ideas!

25 Ways to Clean with Vinegar (thanks to my good friend Taiece for pointing this one out)

Do you all make your own eco-friendly cleaning supplies? Any other tips or methods to use what you've got to save money and the environment?


  1. And one more thing to add - I made my own air freshener by simmering water, cinnamon, and vanilla extract! Mmmm....

  2. I stopped using almost all commercial cleaning products a couple of years ago - except one! I love Simple Green. It's not my favorite scent, but whatever - it's literally 5 times less expensive than other cleaners, because you buy the concentrate and dilute it. It's good for everything - bathrooms, kitchens, outdoors, floors, walls, etc. Plus, it's non-toxic, so you don't have to freak out about inhaling it or getting it on your skin.

    Other than that, I use vinegar on my windows and appliances, baking soda on my sinks, tub and tile, and dish soap for countertops.