Make Your Own Green Cleaners

Posted on January 23, 2015
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Green cleaning is easier than you think. In fact, you probably have all the ingredients required to mix your own green cleaners in your house right now! Check out the table below to ensure you can get started. Lucky for you, all of these ingredients are fairly cheap so you can start making green cleaners in no time.

Cleaning Agent Purpose Cautions
Vinegar All-purpose cleaner, disinfectant, grease cutter, glass cleaner, mold killer Potent smellDo not mix with concentrated peroxide
Baking Soda Deodorizer, scourer, drain opener, polish bleach, disinfectant, stain remover N/A
Hydrogen Peroxide Bleach, disinfectant, stain remover Breaks down in sunlight; store in opaque bottleDo not ingest in high concentrationsCorrosive to metals
Borax Bleach, disinfectant, deodorizer, stain remover Do not ingest in high concentrationsKeep separate from food areas
Lemon Juice Disinfectant, grease cutter, bleach, fragrance N/A
Washing Soda Stain remover, mold killer, foaming agent, deodorizer, grease cutter Irritates skin; wear glovesRemoves wax off floors
Salt Scourer, drain opener N/A
Natural oils and extracts foaming agent, polish, fragrance N/A

You can be creative and make up your own green cleaning recipes, or you can try some of the following:

Function Solution
Bleach Soak ¼-½ c borax in 1 gal water for 5 minSpot clean with 3% hydrogen peroxide
Scouring powder Apply borax and salt on spongeDip ½ of lemon in borax and use as scouring padScrub w/ paste of baking soda and water
Drain opener Use boiling water w/ equal parts vinegar and baking soda
Oven cleaner Sprinkle salt on spill or stain and scour with baking soda
Tile cleaner Mix ¼-½ c vinegar and 1 gal water
Toilet bowl cleaner Fill bowl w/ vinegar. Apply baking soda to rim and scrub
General disinfectantProduce washCutting board wash Spray w/ equal parts peroxide (3%) and water. Wipe clean
Furniture polish Apply 3 parts oil and 1 part vinegar w/ a fine cloth. Wipe dry
Glass cleanerChrome polish Spray w/ vinegar and wipe w/ newspaper
Stainless steel polish Rub w/ paste of baking soda and water
Silver polish Cover container in aluminum foil and soak silver using:•             Boiling water, baking soda and salt•             Boiling water and washing soda
Brass polish Mix equal parts salt and flour w/ a little vinegar. Rub
Copper polish Rub with salt and lemon juice


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John Garcia John Garcia (51 Posts)

Amateur cook, expert eater. Originally from Granby, Colorado, I'm a mountain boy who enjoys the simple things in cheeseburgers and pet cats. I'm also a blogger for Food Service Warehouse who enjoys writing about food just as much as eating it.

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