Cleaning GreenApr 11th, 2009 | By Mr. Green | Category: Products
If you’re thinking about going green with your cleaning, you may think about making some cleaners of your own. Many of the home-made cleaners work just as well as the top selling brands and costs just pennies to create. However, don’t make the assumption that just because you made it, the cleaner is completely safe. The creation of cleaning supplies, even natural ones, can still be poisonous if ingested.
The advantages of making your own cleaners comes in knowing what goes into them. Most commercial cleaners have a myriad of chemical compounds. Many of those compounds haven’t been fully tested and those that have been are known to cause allergies, cancers, and other forms of disease. While making the cleaning compounds yourself will not result in 100% safe cleaners, the ingredients used are much safer than those in commercial cleaners.
A basic set of supplies can also save you a bundle of money. Many of the things used to create cleaners are staples and already at hand. Cutting the cost of cleaners down to a few pennies also lets you have more money to spend on items you really want or need. In today’s economy, that’s important.
Here’s a basic list of ingredients for making your own cleaners and where you can find them. Recipes for the cleaners will follow.
baking soda—grocery store
club soda—grocery store
lemon juice—grocery store
Once you’re stocked up on ingredients, you’ll only need to add water to the mix to get to cleaning green. None of these ingredients harm the environment when used in the measurements in the recipes and don’t pollute the water that is refined for consumption.
½ cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water
This simple window cleaner will leave your glass sparkling. It’s also safe enough to drink, so there’s no worry with the kids or the pets. The only two disadvantages are the vinegar smell and the harshness to your hands when your hands are exposed to the solution for longer periods. You can avoid this by wearing gloves when using it. For the smell, well, that goes away pretty fast, too.
In terms of cost, this will only set you back about 7 cents per gallon, leaving plenty of dough for a shopping trip.
Coffee Pot Cleaner
1 tablespoon salt
1tablespoon lemon juice
Place the salt and the lemon juice in the coffee pot and fill about half way with ice (crushed is best) Shake around and watch as your pot becomes like new again. Just make sure you rinse thoroughly to ensure your next pot of coffee doesn’t have a hint of lemon in its flavor.
The cost for this little gem is less than a nickle.
All Purpose Cleaner
¼ cup baking soda
1 cup household ammonia
½ cup white vinegar
1 gallon water
This cleaner covers tile and linoleum floors, appliances, counter tops and more. However, use caution with this mixture as it isn’t safe to drink. Make sure you store it in a tightly lidded container and away from children and pets. It also has a cost of about 40 cents per gallon.
To get stains out of carpets and other fabrics, put some club soda on it and rub gently. The stain will be removed. Just keep in mind that this is for fresh stains and not for set in stains.
If you have silver to clean or jewelry, a good scrubbing with toothpaste will make silver shine.
Also keep in mind that many companies are now endorsing and creating green cleaners that cover everything from disinfecting to eliminating household smells. For some of the greenest cleaners available commercially and the most effective, check out the cleaners at EZVacuum.com, where the planet’s cleaning needs are a top priority.