Claire Moshenberg

    DIY Green Spring Cleaning

    Posted March 20th, 2012 by

    Happy first day of Spring! Spring break is here or on it’s way, the Spring holidays are just around the corner, and with all this Spring merriment comes a host of Spring chores. It’s time for spring cleaning!

    Photo credit: Photo by Flickr user bies

    This year, why not skip pricey, potentially toxic cleaning supplies and test a few DIY recipes? For this week’s Tips Tuesday, we’re breaking down how to make cheap and easy green cleaning supplies for different rooms in your house. (Not in the mood to DIY? Don’t worry! We have a few bonus basic tips at the end to reduce toxic chemicals in your home.)

    Stock Up: To make your own cleaning supplies, you’ll need a few key ingredients and tools.

    • Baking soda
    • Distilled white vinegar
    • Castille soap: Check the label when you’re buying liquid castile soap; Women’s Voices for the Earth recommends avoiding sodium lauryl (laureth) sulfate (SLS) and Diethanolamine (DEA).
    • Lemon juice
    • Rags: Recycle clean old cloth, like worn out towels, sheets, or clothing.
    • Containers: Stock up on glass jars for scrubs and polishes, and glass spray bottles for cleaning spray. You can clean and rescue glass jars from your recycling bin. 
        

    Bathroom: 

    • Toilet bowl cleaner: Women’s Voices for the Earth recommends sprinkling your toilet bowl with baking soda, then drizzling distilled white vinegar in the bowl, and letting the mixture soak for at least 30 minutes. Then scrub the bowl with a toilet brush.
    • Tub cleaner: Try this recipe from Healthy Child, Healthy World– Mix 1 2/3 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup liquid soap and 1/2 cup water.
    • Glass spray: My favorite easy recipe, from Alexandra Zissu: Just mix equal parts water and distilled white vinegar. You can use this for mirrors and windows.

    Kitchen:

    Living Room:

     Laundry Room:

    The Basics: No time for major cleaning? Don’t worry about it! These two simple (and free!) tips will reduce toxic chemicals in your home, and reduce dirt, dust, and stale or musty scents in the process.

    Shop smart: No time to DIY, but still in the market for cleaning supplies? Download free apps to help you make safer, non-toxic choices when it comes to everything from cleaning supplies to food to sunscreen. Visit Healthy Stuff, the Good Guide, and the Environmental Working Group to find handy on-the-go-tools.

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    8 Comments

    July 20, 2013 at 11:02 am by FreshZest

    Who would even think that vinegar is not just for kitchen cooking but good for carpet cleaning as well..awesome ideas!

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    July 3, 2013 at 12:12 am by jesseyjsalyer

    Thank you for this beautiful post. All the tips are very beautiful. I like cleaning my house specially the living room, as this room can create as well as destroy your impression on others. But cleaning the carpet has always been hectic. I contacted commercial carpet cleaning services but they were quite costly so I avoided.But I am very great full to you for this post. Thank you..!!

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    October 24, 2012 at 12:52 am by Carpet Cleaning San Diego

    Thanks a lot for making me aware about house cleaning products..I was also looking for such stuff since a long time and at last I found it here…

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    September 5, 2012 at 5:35 am by Upholstery cleaning San Diego

    Thanks for making me aware about house cleaning products..I was not aware of it before..I’ve been also searching such website since a long time and at last I found it here….

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    July 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm by Tri-State Chemical Supplies

    awesome blog, i love reading your posts- you are full of so many wise ideas! keep the posts coming.

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    June 8, 2012 at 12:22 pm by John Kelly

    I like to clean everything myself…except for carpets. Carpet Cleaning is a touchy thing and takes a lot of time.

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    May 15, 2012 at 6:17 am by hazardous waste Long Beach

    White vinegar, baking powder and lemon juice are best alternatives for house cleaning products because it is economical and effective. These household products are environmental-friendly since it does not contain harmful chemicals.

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    March 30, 2012 at 11:29 am by Jeff Bradshaw

    Vinegar really is an amazing product for cleaning! It can get the stains/grease out of just about anything and is safe around small kids and pets. I read somewhere that if you don’t like the smell you can put a few drops of oil (like lavender oil) in your solution.

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