Recipes for Homemade Household Cleaners

>> Thursday, February 4, 2010

:: Here are the recipes I use for glass cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, floor cleaner, and wood furniture duster from Better Basics for the Home. And here's the recipe I use for Febreze.

:: Care2 provides a step-by-step guide to creating your own non-toxic cleaning kit, including a creamy soft scrubber, window cleaner, oven cleaner, all-purpose spray, furniture polish, vinegar deodorizer, and mold killers.

:: You can find recipes for laundry detergent at The Simple Dollar and Make it From Scratch and homemade HE laundry detergent at Condo Blues.

:: At the Green Phone Booth, Greeen Sheeep has a recipe for dishwasher detergent.

Need a Reason to Care?

Who else cares about household cleaners?

:: The Environmental Working Group is the go-to source for information about chemicals, toxicity, and health.

:: If you believe in ingredient disclosure and toxic chemical policy reform, check out the Million Baby Crawl and push for the passage of the Kid Safe Chemicals Act.

:: Healthy Child, Healthy World is a great resource for information about kids and chemicals, such as this article on the The Top Ten Products You Don't Need.

:: Jennifer Taggart is the Smart Mama who writes about keeping your homes safe from harmful chemicals.

:: Fake Plastic Fish wrote an in-depth post about the many uses of baking soda.

:: Wisebread lists 254 uses for vinegar...and counting.

:: Better Basics for the Home: Simple Solutions for Less Toxic Living is the definitive resource for homemade non-toxic cleaning supplies, beauty supplies, and more.

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Lisa Sharp February 4, 2010 at 12:24 PM  

I don't make many of my own cleaners yet because I have gotten so many natural cleaners to test for my blog that I don't need any lol. Dr.Bronner's is a must though. I love that stuff!

Brenda Pike February 4, 2010 at 3:26 PM  

Do you use the all-purpose cleaner for your shower? And how much do you have to scrub? I'm planning on making my own cleaners soon, but I hatehatehate scrubbing my shower.

Condo Blues February 4, 2010 at 7:04 PM  

Brenda - I hate scrubbing my shower too! I slapped a reused spray nozzle on my vinegar bottle and use that and an old tooth brush to clean shower grout.

Erin aka Conscious Shopper February 4, 2010 at 7:58 PM  

@Brenda - The all-purpose cleaner works fine in my shower as long as I'm good about cleaning it every week, which with three kids and two bathrooms, I'm not always good about. If the all-purpose cleaner doesn't work, a paste of baking soda and water will get the job done, or you can try straight vinegar as Condo Blues says.

Viagra April 13, 2011 at 4:58 PM  

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