How to Spring Clean and Stay Green with homemade cleaning recipes

how to spring clean and stay green with homemade cleaners

How to Spring Clean and stay green with homemade cleaner recipes

Warmer weather has many people in the mood to get the house in order and ready for brighter days. If you are looking for ways to Spring clean and stay green this year, you aren’t alone! There are many benefits to going green and it’s really simple to do.

First, always be prepared with the right kind of cleaning supplies.

This way you don’t opt for the already-made options in the store. To do that, you should have all of the following on hand at all times. Store them where you would your normal cleaning supplies so that you can easily access them and know when you’re running low.

Here’s your homemade cleaning recipes.

Old cleaning rags (at least 10, and they can be made from old shirts or other scraps of materials)
White vinegar
Baking soda
Lemon juice
Plain bar soap
Liquid dishwashing soap
Essential oils for fragrance
Scrub brush
Empty spray bottles
Plastic bowls
broom
Mop (not a swiffer unless you reuse rags for it)
Vacuum

With these, you will make the basic cleaning supplies. Making them ahead of time can save lots of time when you get ready to clean. Here are some of the basics you will need to make.

Homemade Cleaner Recipes

Bathroom cleaner:

3/4 cup of baking soda
¼ cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons liquid dishwashing soap
1/2 cup vinegar
Essential oils of your choice
Simply place all ingredients in a spray bottle, shake well, and use a scrub brush to clean the bathroom.

Furniture polish:

3/4 cup olive oil
3 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon vinegar in a bowl

Dampen a rag with water, wring out excess water, then dip the damp rag in the lemon the mixture and wring out excess.

Stainless steel cleaner:

2 tablespoons baking soda
1/2 cup vinegar
2 cups warm water
Essential oils of your choice

Place in a spray bottle, cap when mixture stops bubbling, and shake well.

Floor cleaner:

1 cup vinegar
1/2 cup baking soda
10 cups hot water
1 tablespoon washing soda
Essential oils of your choice

Glass Cleaner:

1 1/2 cups vinegar
1 1/2 cups water

Use old newspapers, at least two weeks old, as the rags.

Recycle, Reuse, and Up-Cycle

During your cleaning, if you run across old items you don’t need or want anymore, consider turning them into something new instead of just tossing them, or recycling them properly. This is one of the best ways to stay green while Spring cleaning your home this year because it reduces waste and can help you save money on buying new products.

Looking for more homemade cleaning recipes?  Check out my diy recipes for laundry detergent, goats milk oatmeal soap making,home cleaning recipesdishwashing detergent and even diy air freshener for your home.

Check out my other Earth Day posts and ways to help the Earth. You can find 10 activities that you can do with kids to help the Earth. This ones really important it’s 3 chemicals to get out of your house immediately. Or have you read 10 little things you can do to be a tiny bit greener! Here’s 5 Items you can Reuse over and over again in your home. And let’s not forget going green while on vacation

 

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  1. I do a lot of cleaning with vinegar, but some of the things you have here on the list I haven’t tried. Awesome list and great recipes.

  2. Candy O. says:

    Bookmarking this post!! So much great info on green cleaners! Thanks!!

  3. One of my pregnancy buddies started a green living blog, and I’ve made several of her recipes. I like the beauty ones best – no chemicals!

  4. I really like cleaning with vinegar and baking soda. Having little kids around, I don’t like using many chemicals anymore!

  5. louidam1 says:

    Thank you for the Spring cleaning tips! I needed this because I hate to use chemicals to clean.

  6. Shell says:

    Thanks for the cleaner recipes! It’s spring break this week so I’m busy cleaning!

  7. I like the recipies! Thank you! We are in the middle of spring cleaning. I’m going to try some of these cleaners.

  8. I use my doTERRA Essential Oils to help me with cleaning and refreshing my hole naturally

  9. Vinegar and baking soda are SUCH great cleaning agents. (And this reminds me I need to pick up some more vinegar this week.)

  10. Thank you for sharing these! I have been wanting to make some homemade cleaning solutions.

  11. My Mom and Grandma used to use something called lemon oil. I never see it in the store. Would the lemon be like that I wonder?

  12. Wow, those are easier to make at home then I might have thought! Nice tutorial!

  13. i have all my old cloth diaper burp rags and they are my FAVE for cleaning. cheap and great to use!

  14. These are great tips! I need to do better making my own products. I buy natural cleaners, but it sure would be cheaper to make my own.

  15. Pinning this for sure. Great ideas to save money and use better products!

  16. Repurposing really is a fabulous way to stay green. The beauty of it is you can do it with almost anything! I enjoyed your post!

  17. I love to make homemade cleaners. I always feel like super woman, LOL!! My favorites are vinegar and baking soda!

  18. Never thought of olive oil! Great ideas

  19. This is such a great post. I am trying to be aware of chemicals and trying to switch to more natural cleaning products – Tracey @ Just a Trace

  20. The New Classy says:

    Vinegar and water really does make a great glass cleaner. Thanks for all of these other “recipes.” 🙂

  21. ashley says:

    I love these diy recipes. It’s nice to know exactly what’s in my cleaning mixture.

  22. I’m a big proponent of using rags. Using papertowels kills me a little inside with each rip

  23. I love replacing expensive, toxin-laden chemical cleaners with natural alternatives. It’s definitely worth the effort to make your own.

  24. I love natural cleaners, but the ones at the store can be so expensive. I’m definitely bookmarking this recipe for this year’s spring cleaning!

  25. I love homemade cleaners! These are some great tips!

  26. I’m going to be spring cleaning this weekend! Love the cleaner recipes!

  27. I swear by many of these items. Using baking soda and vinegar in the oven and the boy’s bathrooms especially.

  28. Great tips! I have been switching to more natural ingredients to have a cleaner home– so thanks for this list.

  29. This is a great list. I love that I can make green cleaners, they are much better for not only the environment, but us too.

  30. I am actually meeting with someone tomorrow to do things more naturally. with cleaning and medicine. I like all the tips you provided, thank you

  31. teresa mccluskey says:

    I love the idea of making my own cleaner! I am giving this a shot!

  32. I love homemade cleaners! They seem to work better most of the time and are inexpensive.

  33. I have a large family and so need to do a lot of cleaning. It is nice to be able to use heathier cleaning products.

  34. I like using homemade lemon cleansers because I love the smell of lemon. It really does make you think “clean” when you smell it.

  35. Vinegar is my best friend when it comes to cleaning! Thanks for these tips.

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