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Go Green with Easy Homemade Cleaning Products

Updated on December 24, 2014

The cost of commercial cleaning products is high in terms of money, health concerns, and environmental impact. Go green and save money with homemade cleaning products.

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The Cost of a Clean Home

Are your cabinets or shelves lined with aggressive cleaning products that make housekeeping a little easier?

Unfortunately, the cost of commercial cleaners is high, not only in terms of money but also in health concerns and environmental impact.

If you suffer from allergies, asthma, bronchitis, or sinus infections, minimizing your exposure to chemical cleaners can relieve some of your symptoms.

A Clean, Green Home

In today's marketplace, you can find many cleaning products that are safe, gentle, and still very effective.

From laundry detergent and kitchen degreasers to all-purpose cleaners, there is something for just about every cleaning need.

Commercial non-toxic products must meet strict standards for safety and effectiveness, but they are also pricier than chemical-laden cleaners.

Fortunately, you can go green and save money when you make your own household cleaning products. Here are some recipes and suggestions.

Natural Alternatives

Natural alternatives can replace many of the commercial products that you use to clean your home. These safe, earth-friendly substitutes have dozens of home uses, and they are a lot less expensive, too.

You may be aware of the benefits of baking soda and white vinegar for cleaning projects, but there are other many other natural alternatives to chemical cleaners.

For example, unscented soap in liquid, bar, or powder form can clean almost anything. And borax is an excellent cleanser, deodorizer, and disinfectant.

Rubbing alcohol is good disinfectant. And lemons, some of the strongest acidic foods, inhibit some types of household bacteria. Cornstarch is ideal for cleaning your carpets and rugs.

Make Your Own Homemade Cleaning Products

It is easy to make homemade cleaning products that are safe and inexpensive. Here are recipes for three common household cleaners: an all-purpose cleaner, a natural disinfectant, and a carpet cleaner.

1. Natural All-Purpose Cleaner

An all-purpose cleaner is perfect for general cleaning around the house, including your kitchen and bathroom. Mix one-half cup of white vinegar and two teaspoons of borax into a half gallon of tap water. Pour the solution in a well-labeled container and store it for general use.

2. Natural Disinfectant

A natural disinfectant is also handy to have on hand. Mix four tablespoons of white vinegar and two teaspoons of borax into three cups of hot water, and pour the solution into a spray bottle.

While this is not an antibacterial formula, it serves most cleaning purposes in your bathroom and kitchen.

3. Natural Carpet Cleaner

For carpet stains, mix equal parts of water and white vinegar. Spray the solution onto the stain, allow it to sit for a few minutes, then clean the fiber with a soapy sponge or brush.

Tougher stains benefit from an additional one-quarter cup salt and borax. For grease stains, sprinkle cornstarch on the stain, allow it to sit for one-half hour, and vacuum away the debris.

Are Homemade Cleaning Products Safe?

The natural substitutes in homemade cleaning products are much safer than the commercial, chemical-laden cleaners. They are also less expensive than commercial products.

Health experts say they are safe for the home environment, but they can cause harm if they are ingested. Label all of your homemade products and hide them away from little hands.

Is Borax Safe?

Many recipes (like the ones above) use borax as an ingredient in homemade cleaning products. You may wonder about its safety.

The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), an important component of occupational safety and health, rates borax as a level 1 health hazard similar to baking soda and salt.

Borax does not enter the body through the skin, accumulate in the body, or cause cancer, nor does it harm the environment. Some animal studies indicate that borax may cause potential reproductive problems, but only when it is ingested.

Your Turn

What kind of cleaning products do you use? Leave a comment below and join the conversation. If you enjoyed this article, please share it with your social networks.

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Medical Disclaimer

The information presented in this article is not intended as health or medical advice, nor is it a substitute for professional diagnosis or treatment by a qualified medical professional.

© 2013 Annette R. Smith

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thank you, Mike. I appreciate your comment, and I'm glad you found some helpful ideas here.

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Very interesting and useful hub and really great suggestions. I have used some alternatives to commercial cleaning products such as vinegar but I'm glad I found so many other ideas in this hub.

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thank you, Benjamin. I appreciate your thoughtful comment. I like to use natural cleaners, too.

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      Benjamin Chege 4 years ago

      Great hub. Voted the hub useful and awesome, as I never knew vinegar, borax and water is all you need to have an all-purpose cleaner. I also like using natural products. Thumbs up.

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      You're welcome, Rajan. I'm so glad you stopped by!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for sharing these recipes for natural and eco friendly homemade cleaning products.

      Voted up/useful.

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thank you, collegedad! It's easy to go green AND save green with these simple recipes for homemade cleaning products. I'm so glad this hub was useful for you.

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      collegedad 4 years ago from The Upper Peninsula

      Great hub! As a family plagued by allergies and asthma we try keep things as natural as we can. Voted up and useful!

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thank you for reading about homemade cleaning products. Your comment is much appreciated, Dana.

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      Dana Tate 4 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I enjoyed this very much..I believe going green is good for the environment.

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thank you, Pooja. I am so glad you enjoyed the article.

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hi, Ruby. Thanks for stopping by! I use vinegar as a glass cleaner, and I use it in the laundry (wash) to set the dye in new blue jeans.

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Thank you, MsDora. I am happy to share the recipes. I recently used borax on some oily carpet stains, and it worked like a charm!

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      Pooja S 4 years ago from Toronto

      very nice hub!!!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love the idea of going green. I use vinegar for cleaning but that's about it. Your tips are interesting..Thank you for sharing..

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the lesson in home economics and environmental safety. The recipes are very helpful.

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      Annette R. Smith 4 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hi, Mickey Joe. I have only used a few simple formulas for basic around-the-house cleaners, including a carpet cleaner for oil and grease stains. I do appreciate your read, comment, and vote up. Thank you for stopping by!

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Hi Annette

      What a great hub on a great topic. Going green is a good thing but it can be a little more difficult for us Petrol Heads. Have you a green homemade engine degreaser recipe by chance, LOL.

      Voted up.

      MJ