Green cleaning products are all the rage right now, and for good reason! People are starting to learn about the harmful effects that chemicals can have on your health. There are so many amazing green cleaners on the market out there and it seems that more and more get added every day. However, they can be a bit more money than your chemical cleaners, so a lot of people are turning to good old fashioned DIY cleaners.
Here are 3 of our favorites tried and true DIYs:
1. White distilled vinegar - Seriously! Even though it’s generally found by the salad dressings and pickles, this stuff packs a serious punch. You can use it to replace almost every chemical cleaner that you own. It’s a fantastic alternative to bleach (because no one wants to inhale those chemicals), amazing at removing limescale and hard water deposits, cleans windows, can be made into a paste, and even clean carpet stains when mixed with borax. Just mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. It’s definitely one of our favorites! It does smell like vinegar, but the smell dissipates after a few minutes. A fair trade for not using chemicals.
2. Borax powder - This product is a great laundry booster, but did you know it’s also a fantastic cleaner? Just mix ½ lemon and ½ cup of borax powder to get rid of those rust stains on porcelain or enamel sinks and tubs. Dip the lemon into the borax, srub, and rinse! Make yourself some lemonade with the other half of the lemon to reward yourself for your cleaning. Just be careful to not use this mixture on marble or granite - it’s not safe for those surfaces.
3. Lemons - We already mentioned using it with borax above, but lemons are one multitasking fruit! Delicious in your drinks and packs a punch for cleaning. It cuts through grease, shines hard surfaces, can be added to almost any of your DIY cleaners to add an amazing scent, and when you’re done with it, cut the rind into small pieces and use them to clean your garbage disposal! Make sure to run some hot water (a trickle is fine) while running the disposal. The lemon not only deodorizes and cleans the disposal, but the rinds actually sharpen the blades too. We love multitasking fruits!
There are tons of amazing DIY green cleaning recipes out there. What are some of your favorites? Leave us a comment below!
Your Squeaky Green Team