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Cheap, Natural Green Cleaning Tips for Your Home

Updated on May 31, 2013
Affordable and healthy options to clean your home.
Affordable and healthy options to clean your home. | Source

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Do you prefer to use Eco-friendly cleaners or cleaners with chemicals?

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Strong cleaning products can actually do more harm than good, they can cause allergies and illnesses, and they are bad for the environment. The good news is that you don’t really need strong chemicals when you are cleaning: you can have a clean house without them. Environmentally friendly products are much better for the environment and they are much better for your home as well.

Cleaning without Harsh Chemicals

If you care about the environment and your health, try to stay away from harsh cleansers and disinfectants. Essential cleaning supplies for cleaning more naturally include: baking soda, vinegar and borax, they are all great for the environment and they work just as well as harsh chemicals:


Baking Soda for Cleaning

Baking soda, which is also known as sodium bicarbonate, has almost infinite uses. It’s perfect for absorbing foul odors and for cleaning virtually anything. Baking soda is mild and it doesn't contain toxic ingredients so it’s perfect to use around kids and pets. It’s a safe alternative to other more harmful cleaning agents. It’s also extremely effective: use baking soda instead of comet when you need to scrub off grime and grease. To clean a bathtub, make a paste with baking soda and water, and scrub the grime using a cloth. You can also use baking soda to clean and freshen your clothes: add a tablespoon of baking soda alongside your environmentally friendly laundry detergent.

Vinegar for Cleaning

Just like baking soda, vinegar is a wonderful product for cleaning your house. Vinegar is the perfect disinfectant. You can make an Eco-cleaning spray and use it to disinfect and clean your bathrooms, your kitchen, bedrooms and any other rooms that need cleaning. Pour some vinegar into your toilet, let it sit for a few minutes and then scrub away the grim. You can also clean your sinks by filling it with a little water and mixing it with vinegar.

Vinegar cleaning solution
Vinegar cleaning solution | Source

DIY Cleaning Product: Make an Eco-Spray

Make a cleaning spray with 2 cups water and 2 cups vinegar. Add about a tablespoon of lemon juice for a zesty smell. Pour the cleaning solution into a spray bottle. This cleaning spray is great for cleaning counter-tops, stove-tops, door handles and whatever else you want to clean and disinfect. You can use this same solution to clean your bathroom tiles, sinks and toilet bowls. I have several bottles of this cleaning spray throughout my house, and I have found it works very well.

How to Make Green Cleaners

Cleaning Tools using Items from Around Your House

The great thing about a lot of these items is that they are relatively inexpensive to purchase and chances are you already have these items hanging around your house.

Reuse a toothbrush as a cleaning tool
Reuse a toothbrush as a cleaning tool | Source

Use a Toothbrush

Instead of going out and a buying a new cleaning tool, why not use an old toothbrush? A toothbrush is an invaluable weapon against dirt and grime. Before you throw away your old toothbrush, take a second to think about it’s cleaning ability. A toothbrush was made to clean your teeth, so it’s the perfect tool for cleaning small areas and hard to reach places. It’s a handy tool to use when cleaning. Just make sure to properly label your chosen cleaning toothbrush! (You don’t want someone brushing their teeth with the toothbrush that you used to clean the toilet).


Old Newspaper is wonderful for cleaning mirrors and windows. In fact, for some types of cleaning, newspaper works better than paper towels. The good news is that newspapers are easy to come by and most of the time they are free, so you will save money on paper towel costs too. Old newspaper is also perfect for protecting the floor if you are cleaning something specific. Use it in conjunction with a window cleaner to wipe down your windows and mirrors. Newspaper will remove liquid from windows, prevent streaks and will not leave fluff or lint residue behind like paper towels.

Reuse old t shirts.
Reuse old t shirts. | Source

Old T-Shirt Rags

Don’t throw away old t-shirts, you can use them as rags for when you are cleaning. T- Shirt rags are great for washing almost anything: Use them to wash desktops, door handles, floors and walls.

Buy Natural Cleaning Products

There are lots of Eco-friendly products on the market as well. Items like bamboo cleaning brushes, cleaners that won’t harm the environment and Eco-friendly materials are all great purchases to help the environment and keep your house healthy. If you don’t want to use homemade products but are concerned about the chemicals in many cleaning products, I suggest finding an Eco-friendly product that works for you.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I love cleaning with baking soda! It's one of my favorite, go-to items around the house. Pinning!

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Fantastic! Voted up and shared with my followers and Pinterest.

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      dellea 4 years ago

      Yet another useful and inspiring hub! Excellent info!