I've collected a number of green cleaning recipes from readers and contributed my own, which you can see below. What follows is a collection of recipes you can use all over your home, as all purpose cleaners.
The first of these recipes was contributed by Stephanie T. of West Palm Beach, FL.
Stephanie's Recipe for Glass, Counter & All Purpose Cleaner
Fill a spray bottle 3/4 of the way up with hydrogen peroxide (purchased cheaply at any drug store or Walmart), and then 1/4 with warm water.
Optional is about 10 drops of any essential oil for smell. I add Lemon oil for it's clean smell and cleaning properties. ***Taylor's note: Check out my essential oil use chart to find out the most common oils used for cleaning, and what they can be used for.***
Shake gently and clean away. If you get any streaks on glass, add more water, you probably added too much soap since some soaps are more concentrated then others.
I use this for just about everything from my mirrors, glass tables, counters and floors.
Thanks Stephanie for sharing your homemade all purpose cleaner recipe with me.
Do you ever use a cream or paste cleaner in your home?
I sometimes use Soft Scrub to clean things like my bathtub or counters when I need a mildly abrasive, but yet still gentle cleaner.
Well, you can make your own paste for all purpose cleaning too, and it is surprisingly simple to make and quite effective.
All you do is combine baking soda and dishwashing liquid (it is best to use one without bleach) to form a paste.
I start with about 1/4 of a cup of baking soda, and then just add enough dishwashing liquid to make the paste a good thick consistency.
You don't have to be exact with your measurements, just eyeball it.
Then, just apply it to whatever surface you need to clean with a rag or cleaning cloth and gently rub it onto the surface.
It will clean and with its gentle abrasiveness it will also get rid of stuck on food or dirt at the same time.
Once you have thoroughly cleaned the surface just rinse with water and another rag and wipe dry.
Please note that if you want to make this truly one of the most outstanding green cleaning recipes don't just use any dishwashing liquid, but instead make sure you use a natural and eco-friendly one, like castile soap.
Shake and use for kitchen benches, bathroom, dog bed, even walls etc., but not fine wood furniture.
Thanks for sharing your recipe Helga.
I will say, however, that if you're using pure essential oils it sounds like your recipe may add a bit much. I would most likely try a smaller ratio at first, and work up to more if I felt I needed it, instead of using a tablespoon per cup of water. That's because, as I explain in more detail in my article about how to clean using essential oils, a little goes a long way.
I think a peppermint scented general cleaner would smell divine though, and would be especially fun to use during the holidays, so thanks for sharing this recipe with me!
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