Making your own homemade cleaners is a great first step to take towards becoming frugally green! If you are new to this journey and just starting out this new year, this is one of those things that I think is pretty essential and foundational to being frugally green. It’s easy and cheap and doesn’t require a ton of effort or commitment. If you try it and don’t like it (which I can’t imagine you would) you can always use the items you bought for cooking and baking!
I challenge you to make the change to homemade and green cleaning this month!
To begin with, there are a few different levels of homemade and green cleaning, so if you are ready to accept this challenge, first figure out which step you are on. Take baby steps and start out with just one or two and once you get the hang of those, you can move onto other areas.
- Baby Step #1 – Vinegar and Baking Soda – If you still have all commercial chemical cleaners in your home, this is the place to begin.
- Baby Step #2 – Multipurpose Cleaners – Start making some different homemade multipurpose cleaners.
- Baby Step #3 – Other areas of cleaning around your home
Baby Step #1 – Vinegar and Baking Soda
It doesn’t get any cheaper or easier than this!
First, get yourself some white vinegar and some baking soda, as well as an empty spray bottle. (I bought a pack of spray bottles at Sam’s, can’t remember how much they were, but definitely cheaper than buying an individual bottle at Target or Meijer). And the next time you use up your parmesan cheese, save the container and wash it out.
Now mix vinegar and water in the spray bottle 50/50. You can add essential oils to help it smell better if you want, but I don’t bother. Then fill up your parmesan cheese container with baking soda. You could add essentials oils to the baking soda too, but it makes it a little bit clumpy. You’re all set to start cleaning!
Sprinkle the baking soda on any hard surface that you want to scrub – the toilet bowl, sink, bathtub, counter tops, cook tops, etc. Use a rag, microfiber cloth, or one of those green scouring pads and scrub away (or your toilet bowl brush if you’re cleaning the toilet, no need to use a rag on that! Yuck!) – no paper towels please! You may need to get a second rag wet to wipe away the residue on the counter top or cook top, but in the bathroom you can just rinse it away.
Or start spraying your vinegar and water anywhere that needs to be wiped down – sink, bathtub, mirror, counters, tables, floors, etc. (don’t use vinegar on porous surfaces like granite or marble). And again use a rag or microfiber cloth.
It really is that easy!
Baby Step #2 – Multipurpose Cleaners
Start making some different homemade multipurpose cleaners. Make sure you label your bottles well, so you know which one your using. You may find that you like different cleaners for different uses.
Here’s a multipurpose cleaner that I posted previously.
And a new one that I have been using alot and loving recently: Water, Castile Soap, and Tea Tree Oil.
Fill a water bottle with warm water and add a few squirts of castille soap and a few drops of Tea Tree Oil. You don’t need much of either, they are concentrated and a little goes a long way. Use for all types of multipurpose cleaning.
I use Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild castile soap for this, which is unscented. I’m not sure how a scented castile soap would mix with the scent of the Tea Tree Oil. If you try a scented castile soap with this and it smells good, let us know! You can find both Dr. Bronner’s castile soap and Tea Tree Oil at Target (the TTO is by the vitamins)!
Baby Step #3 – Other areas of cleaning around your home
Take a baby step toward homemade and green cleaning in one of these areas this week! And check back here over the rest of the month for more tips, tricks and how-to’s for frugally green cleaning!
Have you made the switch to using homemade and green cleaners around your home? Do you have a favorite homemade cleaner recipe to share with the rest of us? Any encouraging words for those just starting out with green cleaning?