ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Clean Green at Home

Updated on December 16, 2016
Valene profile image

Mary has been an administrative assistant for seven years and enjoys studying holistic health and performing radio theater.

Bless this home!

Cleanliness is next to Godliness, but only if you use healthy products to clean your home. Coating your floors, surfaces and the air in your house with toxic chemicals won't be good for anyone.
Cleanliness is next to Godliness, but only if you use healthy products to clean your home. Coating your floors, surfaces and the air in your house with toxic chemicals won't be good for anyone. | Source

Non toxic bathroom!

Feel cleaner than ever when you take a shower in your tub that is free of toxic chemicals that could contaminate your bath.
Feel cleaner than ever when you take a shower in your tub that is free of toxic chemicals that could contaminate your bath. | Source

Cleaning cheaper and greener is easier than you think.

Do you dread those Saturday chores around the house because of the chemical stench left by common household cleaning products? Do you find yourself leaving the room you're cleaning because the fumes are too overpowering? House cleaning doesn't have to be chemical warfare. Many simpler, less chemical-laden methods exist for cleaning that you can create quickly out of common products you have in your own home already.

Vinegar and Baking Soda, your best friends!

Your mother may have told you that vinegar is the best thing for cleaning windows. She was right! You don't have to buy fancy colored window cleaning sprays to wipe down your windows and mirrors. A simple mix of white vinegar with a little water will work as well or better. Just fill a spray bottle (perhaps your last empty bottle of window cleaner!) with 2 parts water, 1 part vinegar and you have a simple but effective light window cleaner. If you are cleaning something dirtier than your bathroom mirror, try adding a few drops of dish soap to really remove buildup. You can even add a drop of your favorite essential oil to make it smell nice.

Another option for cleaning windows or mirrors is rubbing alcohol, especially for those stubborn, stuck on stains (month-old bits of toothpaste flecks, anyone?). Take a soft rag and dab on a glug or two of rubbing alcohol (70% or greater) and then rub gently into the spots. This will leave a clean window and mirror and no chemical residue since the alcohol evaporates immediately!

Gotta scrub that tub? Try good old fashioned baking soda. Sprinkle baking soda over the tub and then use a scrub brush with a little water to scrub away grime and stains. You can even spray a little of that window cleaner mix to increase your cleaning power.

Remember those vinegar volcanoes you made in science class as a kid? Another use for vinegar and baking soda is blasting away clogs in your drains. If your drain is slow, try putting a couple handfuls of baking soda down the drain (you may have use your fingers to push it down in there) and then boil a pot of half water, half vinegar. Pour the boiling vinegar water down the drain and let the bubbles do the work. You should be able to loosen some of the gunk in the pipe this way. If this doesn't work, try it a second time with larger quantities of all ingredients.

Dusting Alternatives

When it comes to dusting, most of us are accustomed to reaching for the bottle of Pledge or Endust and wiping everything down with an old rag or paper towel. However, there is a great alternative that doesn't take any extra sprays or solutions at all...MICROFIBER!

If you haven't tried microfiber cloths, I highly recommend them! These fine-fibered cloths look like an ordinary terry cloth towel, but they can trap tons of dust and dirt without any liquid at all and rarely leave any kind of lint behind. Try them on your desk area, furniture, door jambs, etc. and see just how effective they are! For dirtier jobs, you can spray just pure water on the towel or the surface to be cleaned and then run the microfiber towel over it and you will be amazed at the dirt you remove.

Floor cleaning and Laundry alternatives

Tile or linoleum floors can be cleaned with a mop solution made from vinegar and soap. Add a cup of vinegar and a few drops of Castille based soap to a bucket of warm water. Feel free to even add some essential oils to give it that "clean" after-smell. Mix and mop as usual and you will find your floors are just as clean and way more non-toxic than if you used a commercial product. For wooden floors that need to be mopped, I like to use black tea. Take a bucket filled halfway with water and add 2 cups of strongly brewed black tea. Dump in a couple "glugs" of white vinegar and just a few drops of olive oil or wood oil soap (such as Murphy's) and then mop all wooden floors being careful to wring out the mop very well before each application. This should help enhance your wooden floor's finish and clean it gently without stripping it of its natural elements.


Don't believe for a minute that Tide from the store is your only option when it comes to washing your clothes. You can actually make your own powdered laundry detergent quite easily! To create your own more environmentally friendly (and wallet friendly!) laundry detergent mix, you only need 3 simple ingredients:

1 cup of Borax

1 cup of washing soda

1 bar of Fels Naptha laundry soap

All of these ingredients can be found in the laundry aisle of your local grocery store and cost a fraction of what regular liquid laundry detergent does. Start by grating the Fels Naptha bar with a cheese grater, then combine with a cup each of the washing soda and Borax. If you would like a smoother blend, you may dump this mixture in a food processor and pulse until the soap flakes are fine. To use, simply store in a seal-able container and add 1-3 tablespoons to each load of laundry. This mixture is great for those with fragrance allergies since it contains no artificial ingredients and is unscented. However, if you prefer a scented laundry soap, simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oils when blending.

These are just a few of the many homemade products and methods you can employ to clean your home free of dangerous chemicals. And remember that whatever goes down the drain goes into streams, rivers and groundwater too, so making products at home that are free of environmental toxins such as pthalates and phosphates will mean a cleaner world for everyone. Using simple home recipes for cleaning is not only better for your health and that of your children and pets, but cheaper too! Imagine the uses and relative cost for something like a box of baking soda compared to conventional cleaning products you buy at the store; cleaning on a budget usually winds up the most cost effective and environmentally friendly way all around. Save your wallet and your health by taking the time to be a little creative with your cleaning!

Be a friend to the environment and clean green!



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Valene profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from Missouri

      I do want to add that I've been using the Borax/Fels Naptha/baking soda mixture very successfully in my laundry and have not had to buy laundry detergent in over a year! My clothes seem to come out very soft too.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)