Friday, October 3, 2008

Homemade Green Cleaning Recipes

This post is for everyone that wants to make their own cleaning supplies, I decided to make a list of the items I have found. I have not used all of these yet. But I wanted to write them down to have them all in one place. So if you try these or have already tried any of these. Leave a comment and let me know how well it works! Thanks!

Cleaning Wipes

Use a round plastic container, drill hole in lid about 1/2 inch, get an ex large roll of good paper towels cut in half to make two small rolls (leave plastic covering on while doing this, electric knife works best doing this)! Place one of the small rolls in plastic container save the other for later as a refill.
Cleaning solutions

General Surface Cleaning
1 1/2 cups white vinegar
1 1/2 cups water

Window and Glass Cleaning
1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
2 1/2 cups water
1 tablespoon white vinegar

Which ever one you pick or if you decided to use other half of paper towel roll in separate container. Pour one solution on top of the roll in the container. Place lid on container, allow paper towels to absorb the solution for 4 hours to overnight. Open storage container and take out the wet cardboard tube from the center of the paper towel roll and toss. Now thread the inside of the paper towel roll where the card board was through the hole in the lid and close lid. After awhile paper towels may dry out, if so add more of the solution and let sit overnight before using again!

Homemade Veggie Wash
1 tablespoon lemon juice to 2 tablespoons of baking soda with one cup of water. Put mixture in spray bottle. Wash veggies and fruits all them to sit for a few minutes then wipe. You can also use this mixture to let kids help clean kitchen (play only)!

Homemade Spray Cleaner
Mix in spray bottle
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
use in kitchen and bathrooms. Allow to stand 10-15 min on shower walls before scrubbing then rinse!

Furniture Polish
Mix in spray bottle
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
Shake well spray small amount onto cleaning cloth.

Clean and sharpen Garbage Disposal
Add ice cubes into disposal along with lemon juice and turn it on and let it sharpen and clean away!

No-Wax Floor Cleaner
1 cup vinegar to a gallon of water

Wood Panel Cleaner
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup vinegar
2 cups warm water
Wash with a soft cloth and then dry

Wood floor cleaner
Quarter cup of Apple Cider Vinegar to a Gallon of water

To Remove Stickers
Moisten with vinegar and let it sit for about 10 minutes and then remove

Spills on Carpet
Soak up as much as the spill as you can. Spray mixture of half vinegar and half water. Let sit for 2 minutes then blot. Repeat if needed.

For Persistent Stains on Carpet (after you try the above Carpet Cleaning)
Use a mixture of 1 teaspoon vinegar 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap and 1 cup warm water.

Clean windows
Spray half vinegar and half water, wipe clean

Glass Cleaner II
CLUB SODA! If you're not a big fan of the vinegar used in many glass cleaning recipes, use either flat or fresh club soda. Works FANTASTICALLY at getting your glass and windows sparkling clean, and it's a frugal option too. Just pour it into a spray bottle and use as you would any glass cleaner.

Clean Silver, Pewter, Copper, or Brass
Dissolve 1 teaspoon salt in one cup of water. Add flour to create a past (1/4 cup or more) Apply the paste to the metal item and let stand for at least 15 min. Rinse with warm water and polish with soft cloth.

Build up on faucets
Use mixture of one part salt to four parts vinegar

Help prevent mildew on shower curtain
Spray with vinegar

Clean Pipes and Clogs
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar
Let mixture bubble and then rinse with warm water. Do not use on garbage disposals.

Microwave Cleaner
1/2 cup vinegar
1 cup water
place in microwave safe bowl and cook in microwave till it starts to boil. Then scrub clean.

Coffee and Tea Stains on China
Use mixture of vinegar and salt

Clean Sponges
Soak in water with lemon juice and vinegar, microwave for 1 1/2 minute (keep wet or the will burn)

Bleach Alternative
1/2 cup 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in the rinse cycle.
or 1/2 cup lemon juice in the rinse cycle.
Hang clothes in sun, sun is a natural bleacher.

Hand Sanitizer Gel
1/2 cup aloe vera gel
1/4 cup 99% rubbing alcohol
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon fragrance oil, optional
Mix ingredients together.Pour into a pump-style bottle or a squeeze bottle.Use a quarter sized dollop and rub hands together. Wipe residue off of hands with a paper towel.

Garbage Can Deodorizing
1 teaspoon tea tree oil
1 cup baking soda
Mix and work out all the lumps with a fork. Sprinkle in bottom of pail after liner is removed.

Daily Shower Cleaner
In a 32 oz spray bottle, pour in 8 oz of rubbing alcohol, then top it off with water. After spray the walls and shower curtain. You won't have to rinse.

Cleaning your Coffee Maker with Vinegar
Pour a few cups of plain white vinegar into your coffeemaker (withOUT any coffee grounds) and let the machine run through as usual. Then run through with plain water to get entirely rid of any lingering vinegar. The acidic vinegar will work fantastically well to clean your coffeemaker from the inside out.

Antiseptic Spray with Tea Tree Oil

3 tablespoons liquid soap
20-30 drops tea tree oil
2 cups water
Mix in spray bottle and apply. Uses natural tea tree oil - a fantastic natural antiseptic!

Automatic Dishwasher Soap
1/2 cup liquid Castile soap
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
3 drops tea tree extract (or oil)
1/4 cup white vinegar

Store in squeeze bottle. Use 2 tablespoons per wash in a standard size dishwasher.

Do not substitute conventional liquid soap for the Castile unless it is a 'low sudsing' soap. Regular soaps will produce too many suds and overflow the dishwasher.

Dishwasher Rise
Use 1 teaspoon corn starch in the rinse cycle. All comes out clean & crystal clear.
Or just use white vinegar.

Oven cleaner
Ketchup, yeap plain old ketchup!

Make homemade cleaning products antibacterial, add a few drops of tea tree oil.

Stain Remover for Clothes
1/4 Cup Borax or Washing Soda
2 Cups Cold Water

Sponge on and let dry, or soak the fabric in Borax mixture before washing in soap and cold water.

You can also use these products alone to remove stains:
Plain White Vinegar
Hydrogen Peroxide
Fels Naptha
Castile Soap

Try also a cream of tartar and water paste for stains. Rub on the spots, allow too dry, and wash as usual.

Laundry Softener
2 Cups White Vinegar
2 Cups Baking Soda
4 Cups Water

Combine slowly and carefully over sink. The baking soda and vinegar will fizz. Pour into plastic bottle, cover, and shake. *Hint - Reuse your "Downy" bottle. Use 1/4 cup in the final rinse or in a "Downy Ball".

Or just use plain oh white vinegar!

Homemade air/fabric freshener spray

1 c. vinegar
1 c. water
1/2 tsp vegetable glycerine
1/2 tsp essential oil of your choice
Makes enough for a 16 oz bottle.
Place in a spray bottle and shake well. The glycerine emulsifies the E.O. so it doesn’t sit on top of the water. You can double this recipe for a 32 oz bottle. Vinegar is suppose to be excellent for smoke odors too.

Laundry Detergent

Recipe 1

I have been using, 1/2 cup to 1 cup baking soda to wash our clothes...and I use white vinegar in downy ball to the line...that's great!!

Use peroxide in the wash or mix a paste of baking soda and peroxide and let it set on the stain..this is a poormans oxyclean!

I will also list some other recipes though.

Recipe 2

2 gallons hot water, one bar soap grated (use Fals-Naptha, Ivory, Sunlight, Castile or Zote all bar soaps no heavy perfume bar soaps), 2 cups baking soda
Melt grated soap on saucepan with enough hot water to cover. Cook on medium low heat, stir frequently until soap is melted. Then add the baking soda, stir well. Use 1/2 cup per full load or 1 cup for very soiled load.

Recipe 3
12 cups grated castile soap
12 cups boiling water
1 cup baking soda
2 teaspoons of lavender essential oil or oil of your choice.
In a large 2 gallon stainless pan, mix soap and water. Simmer for 15 minutes, stir often. Add the rest of ingredients, cool and use 1 cup for each load. This also works well for general cleaning. Make sure to use the vinegar in the rinse with this one.

Fresh Carpet Mix
2 cups of baking soda
1-2 drops of essential oil
Mix the baking soda and the essential oil drop/s together. Be sure that it is very well mixed. Since you will only be using one to two drops of essential oil, the mixture does not get much damper than regular baking soda. Simply sprinkle the mixture on your rugs and carpets. Let set for a few minutes and vacuum up the mixture.

Again, remember I have not tried all of these, so I cannot say they all work well, leave me a comment and let me know. I do not take credit for these recipes, I got them all of the net! And I will keep you posted on what I find when I try the all! :)


Lisa Connor said...

I never thought about making cleaning products. I'll have to try making some. Lisa

Susan Cooke said...

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Stephanie said...

Thanks for sharing! I already do some of these, but am delighted to get more ideas. :)

I found you through Jenn's post on True Tales of a Mini Van Mama. Thanks, Jenn!

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iceah said...

wow, this is good post again it's a big help c: i'll save this c:

Elizabeth said...

These recipes are so great! Thanks for sharing.

Susie said...

I am coming to you by way of Best Posts of the Week and this is a very useful post. I use vineager for everything but I never thought of making my own wipes!! Great tip!!

Star said...

These kind of tips always make for interesting reading! I'm going to try the alcohol one for cleaning the surround around my bathtub - it's gotta be better than the high-dollar sprays they sell in the store. Thanks for gathering these together.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

This is incredibly useful information! I'll have to print it out and keep it on file. I went green with my cleaning products because I have three toddlers and just didn't want to worry about rushing someone to the hospital when they decided to sample a grain of dishwasher detergent the fell on the floor. Now I'm addicted. I'll never go back - I am so much more aware of the fumes from the toxic cleaning products. I love the products that I've been using - but "make your own"? Even better!

Brenda said...

I love this stuff. I saved it on delicious. Thanks for sharing! Coming to you from BATW best posts.

Kathy said...

It is amazing what vinegar can do isn't it. I have several of these listed under my "Tips, Trick and Cures" but there are some here I have not heard of. Would you mind if I added them to my list also. I add them to my list and then when I need to find them I know right where they are. I use to write it down on paper but then I can never find the paper. This way I always know where they are - On My Blog.

LJ Charleston said...

Hey I love the water and vinegar mixture, I tried it on my wooden floorboards and it is fabulous!

Gombojav Tribe said...

This is a fantastic resource! We mostly use our own homemade products, but there are certainly a lot of fresh ideas here! THANKS!

I'm going to refer some others to this post!

iceah said...

one of this days i'll post some of this and link the rest to your blog c:

Tiffiney said...

Hi all! Glad you like the recipes! Let me know how good they work for you.... :)

Kitty said...

thank you!!! you've saved me hours of research!

Nina said...

You have been one busy girl. It would have taken me forever to find half of this stuff. I have heard of the baby wipes before but haven't tried it.
Thanks for the great information.

Texas Mom said...

I like the furniture polish idea. Will certainly give this one a try! I'm all for using natural products instead of harsh chemicals.

Tiffiney said...

I have collected these over the years from word of mouth, the net, and HGTV :) Thank you all for leaving your comments!

janetfaye said...

Thank you for all of these great recipes.

I am trying to go green and I will be trying some of these.

I found your link from BATW

Tiffiney said...

Thank you janet for leaving your comment! Hope you like some of the recipes! :)

Kwagoo said...

the recipes are so helpful!! thanks for posting them! :D

Shanda said...

Great recipes!! I'm all about going as natural as possible!

Tiffiney said...

Thank you kwagoo and shanda for stopping by and leaving comments! :)

Julie said...

I have been making some cleaning products but haven't tried some I see on your post. I am going to give them a try. Thanks.