Homemade Green Cleaners

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Now that being "green" is becoming more of a mainstream topic these days, we tend to care more about things that weren't as significant before. For example, we pay more attention to what is in the foods we buy. We care about setting a good example for our children and even care about the products that clean the very floors they crawl upon.

Of course, many of the green cleaning products sold in stores come with a heftier price tag than the chemical stuff. Unfortunately, along with worrying about going green, we also worry about money. It feels like a catch 22. After doing some research, we found that it is possible to make your own nontoxic cleaners for only $10 or less, and still have back stock for when the bottles run out!


Today, we share with you some green cleaning "recipes."

All-Purpose Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • ½ gal. water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (Add to weaken the vinegar scent)

Directions: Spray of surface and wipe clean with a dry cloth (let sit longer for heavily soiled areas).


  • 2 tsp borax
  • 4 tbsp vinegar
  • 3 cups hot water
  • ¼ tsp castile soap

Directions: Spray and wipe down. You will want to go over again with a cloth soaked in hot water so there is no baking soda residue leftover.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup vinegar

If possible, make this in a cleaned out ketchup or mustard squeeze bottle. Squeeze out along rim of toilet bowl then spray with pure vinegar, allow to foam for 10 minutes then flush. No scrubbing needed (unless extremely soiled)!

Photo Credit: Beautiful smhw
(Photo: Beautiful smhw)

Glass Cleaner

  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch

Directions: Spray and wipe clean.

Wood Floor Cleaner  

  • 1 gallon warm water
  • 3 tsp white vinegar
  • 2-3 drops essential oils

Directions: Use microfiber mop to apply and go over again with damp cloth with hot water to get vinegar off. Do not allow vinegar to stay on wood. Make sure it is rinsed properly.

Dusting – Wood

  • 2-3 drops lemon oil
  • ½ cup warm water

Directions: Rub in with cotton or microfiber cloth using wide strokes. Wipe again with dry cloth.

The list of ingredients you need to make these is pretty small, but it yields huge results. For a more extensive list of homemade nontoxic cleaning solutions, click here. Happy Green Cleaning!