Make 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 indoor air 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!
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.
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. Many more green cleaning recipes below.
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.
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 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. Use a soap that is biodegradable and environmentally friendly.
Green Cleaning Recipes
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.