It’s Easy Being Green: How to Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products


Two things happened recently that led me down a path I haven’t ventured before:

  1. I’m certainly no domestic goddess, but our house pleaded with me for a spring clean – the type that’s seen me fossicking in every cupboard and cleaning every nook and cranny.
  2. I’ve become passionate about reducing my family’s exposure to unnecessary and harmful chemicals.
So, with a bee in my bonnet about changing the way I’ve always done things, I began reading about making my own green cleaning products. Here are three that have been working overtime in our household:

All-Purpose Surface Spray
Since we met, this little baby and I have been joint at the hip! Simply combine 2 cups of water, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, 1 teaspoon of bi-carb soda, 10 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil (or any other citrus Essential Oil you have handy) and put into a clean spray bottle. Shake well and away you go!

Glass Cleaner
For squeaky clean windows mix together 1/3 cup vinegar with 2/3 cup water and put into a spray bottle.

Oven Cleaner
Take one whiff of a traditional oven cleaner, and if you’re still conscious, it’s pretty obvious that it does you no good! For a non-toxic version, sprinkle bi-carb soda on the greasy spots in your oven, spray with vinegar and wipe. Too easy!

What do you use to clean your place? Any green or natural tips you can share?
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