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Make Green Cleaning Recipes

Updated on February 28, 2018
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Green Cleaning Recipes
Green Cleaning Recipes

Why Should You Use Green Cleaning Recipes?

Advertisements and manufacturers have convinced most people that they need to buy expensive commercial products to effectively clean their homes. These products will not get your home cleaner than green cleaning recipes. In fact, commercial cleaning products are often unsafe, carrying warning labels and contributing to poor indoor air quality and pollution.

Green cleaners do NOT: pose health risks to humans or animals, pollute the environment, or carry excessive packaging. Green cleaning is about respecting the earth's precious resources and limiting the amount of polluting chemicals we use. Green cleaning recipes are time tested and get your home clean without the scary health hazards. There are green cleaning recipes for every room of your home. These recipes are completely safe, help you breath easier, and can be used with your children in the room. Better yet, have your children join in the cleaning!

Baking Soda

Baking Soda for Cleaning
Baking Soda for Cleaning

Baking Soda

It's Role in Green Cleaning Recipes

Baking soda is the foundation of most green cleaning recipes. It is used anywhere that a mild abrasive is needed, such as the bathroom and kitchen. Learn more about how to use baking soda to clean sinks, tubs, tile.

Cleaning with Baking Soda

Vinegar and Baking Soda

Vinegar and Baking Soda for Cleaning
Vinegar and Baking Soda for Cleaning


Another Staple in Green Cleaning Recipes

Vinegar is another staple in green cleaning recipes. It is interesting to know that vinegar combined with baking soda will foam. Vinegar and baking soda are used together in the following green cleaning recipe: Oven Cleaning Recipe. The foaming action provides extra cleaning muscle for burnt on, stuck on foods. Vinegar and baking soda combined will kill 90% of household germs.

Lemon for Cleaning

Lemon Half
Lemon Half


Green Cleaning Recipes with a Lemon

The acid in a lemon has natural antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Because the lemon was traditionally used in cleaners before the manufacturing of cleaning products, commercial cleaners are made with synthetic lemon scent. The smell of lemon has come to represent a "clean" smell because of it's historical use as a cleaner. Try the real thing. You will be glad that you did.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide - Milder than bleach
Hydrogen Peroxide - Milder than bleach

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide, aka H2O2, is a weak acid and powerful bleaching agent. It is used as a disinfectant and antiseptic. It should not be swallowed in quantity, or bathed in, but it is otherwise safe. It makes a good general household cleaning product because of it's bleaching properties and is much less toxic than chlorine bleach.

Essential Oils

Essential Oils for Cleaning
Essential Oils for Cleaning

Essential OIls

Essential Oils have their own antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial properties. In addition they add a lovely natural aroma to the home that can actually make cleaning an enjoyable experience. Essential oils do not contribute to poor indoor air quality the way synthetic fragrances do.

Air Fresheners - These fresh smelling sprays actually poison the environment.

Soap and Water

There is a lot to be said for plain old soap and water as a green cleaner. With a cotton cloth and a little elbow grease, soapy water can clean just about any surface in your home. I like to use a soap that is biodegradable and environmentally friendly as well.

Homemade Bathroom Cleaner

Homemade bathroom cleaner and disinfectant
Homemade bathroom cleaner and disinfectant

More Green Cleaning Recipes

All the Recipes You Need

Recipes to green clean anything from silver to carpet.



Furniture Polish

Soap vs Detergent

Once upon a time, soap was made from saponins. Saponins are foaming sudsy substances found in the roots of the following plants: soapwort, soapberry, and yucca. These days more common detergents are made from petroleum distillate. A toxic pollutant that comes from a non-renewable source. It's just one more product keeping us dependent on petroleum.

Vegetable soaps are biodegradable and are based on coconut, or olive oil. Castile soap is a vegetable based soap and readily biodegradable.

Green Cleaning on YouTube - Recipe Videos and More

If you prefer video instructions, you can learn to make your own green cleaning recipes with the video below from YouTube.

How to Make Green Cleaners from YouTube

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      Brigita 3 years ago

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      Muhammed 3 years ago

      I love this video. I've been on a soap box for a while about how drastically our prcuodts have changed throughout the years. The problem is most people just aren't aware of what is in some of the prcuodts we use.

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      Sayaka 3 years ago

      Don't you just LOVE when your kids get a hold of your camera. I've gotetn some pretty funny pictures over the years. One time I even got a picture of poo. How gross is that! ;) I LOVE all of your posts lately! Especially the little egg one. What a cute idea to have a fun tree for the kids to decorate! You are such a good Mom and I am SO glad that you get to spend Easter with Mr. Finn! You two are the best parents ever and they are SO lucky to have you!

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      Sandie007 4 years ago

      Fresh advice! Soap Nuts (Saponin) work wonders at cleaning old gunk out of washing machines too! And Shep's wool dryer balls enable you to never have to use fabric softeners again (which build up in your dryer...killing heating element).

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      This is a very important lens, everyone could make a big impact on the Earth just by following your suggestions, as well as save money and make their lives more convenient. Sent out by stumble-upon and pinterest and linked to my own lens - which is about another non-toxic product.

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      appelonia 5 years ago

      A straight forward lens with common sense advice. And thank you for the tips on leather cleaning.

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      JSASSEO 5 years ago

      Nice Lens, like the Essential oils advice.

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      CleaningGreenBu 5 years ago

      Great lens

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      universecleaner 5 years ago

      Green cleaning products are still better!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! I wonder if commercial cleaning services use harmful chemical cleaners or green cleaners? I hope they use good cleaners.

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      oiloflife 5 years ago

      Such a meaningful lens.

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      One-A-Day LM 6 years ago

      Super Duper Excellent "Green Cleaning Recipes" Lens! You're putting my small "Redoit Green" website to shame. Wonderful value in this Green Lens. So far, we use "green" laundry detergent, w/baking soda & vinegar (for the rinse). Plus other green cleaning products. Haven't tried anything with lemon yet. That will be on my "todo" list.


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      OUTFOXprevention1 6 years ago

      We love green cleaning! We'll pass your great information along to our partners.

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      MarcellaCarlton 6 years ago

      Thank you for a great lens!

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      Maria Burgess 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      oops...forgot to select email.. lens is on storing food..small section touches on this! Thanks again!

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      Maria Burgess 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks for sharing these economical AND Eco FRIENDLY tips! I would like to link you to one of the pages I have on using your storage items in cleaning products if I may..(still in edit). Great Lens!! =)

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      getmoreinfo 6 years ago

      I like these green cleaning recipe ideas.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Another wonderful article! I love using natural ingredients to clean with. Great suggestions! :)

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      I use baking soda a lot in cleaning, it works well.

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      I use baking soda a lot in cleaning, it works well.

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      KatieKakes 6 years ago

      I've been slowly making the transition to all green cleaners and this lens will help a lot!!!

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      jtbmetaldesigns 6 years ago

      Oh yes and avoid teflon cookware where possible. Stainless is best and cleans easier. With a stainless skillet I have removed burnt on egg with bakind soda. Just add the soda to the still hot skillet then CAREFULLY add water and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and allow to cool undesturbed. The resdiues will wash off easily with a soft sponge.

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      lesliesinclair 6 years ago

      This will be very helpful to keep my home clean and fresh, without the contamination from chemical cleaners. OK!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading your lens. You did a fantastic job!

      One squid thumbs up vote issued for this lens :)

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      wildorchid13 6 years ago

      You can also make your own cleaning materials with Soap Nuts! check out my lens - it's a soap-bearing berry from a tree!

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      4StarCleaning 6 years ago

      Thanks for the interesting and helpful lens.

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      aussieremovals 6 years ago

      Very nice lens! This lens really provide helpful information.

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      BlissNow LM 6 years ago

      Excellent lens! Glad it shows up on the side bar of mine:-)

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      PiccadillyPunkin 6 years ago

      fantastic lens and so helpful!

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      hsschulte 7 years ago

      @SheGetsCreative: Yes, I do keep a little borax around. I use it in the no scrub toilet bowl cleaner recipe, but that is about it. Simple soap and water can do a lot!

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      Angela F 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I use so every single one of these mentioned! In fact, I just used the ol' white vinegar and baking soda combo to clean the gunk out of the bathroom sink, and lemon juice to clean the cutting board. The only other one I use frequently that I don't see on your list is borax powder. It's pretty awesome too - do you use it?

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      shandigp 7 years ago

      Thank you SO much for this resource! Any thoughts on a good glass cleaner? Vinegar water isn't cutting it. Maybe vinegar and lemon water?

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      jolou 7 years ago

      Great lens and subject. I don't know why anyone would think you have to use poison to clean a home. Baking soda and vinegar are my favorites.

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      SussexOnline 7 years ago

      Lemon is the best natural cleaning for me. I also use this in carpet cleaning at home and the smell is good. One of my friend suggest this also.

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      LatarshaMattiacci 7 years ago

      The idea of using vinegar is the best I think.


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      chuckyklost13 7 years ago

      @chuckyklost13: id definitely a great website to check out what I'm talking about.

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      chuckyklost13 7 years ago

      I think a great way to go green is eco-friendly toys. Kids don't care about what kind of toys they play with.


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