Saturday, August 27, 2011

Cleaning Green:{Natural Cleaning Recipes}

Getting back to basics! Grandma was right with her home remedies and holistic approach to everything from beauty treatments to cleaning the home! We are getting back to basics here! Along with creating a healthier lifestyle, we have renewed our determination to improve  the "health" of our home environment. With that said, we have started by replacing our unhealthy cleaning products with homemade, all natural cleaning solutions. Ones that Grandma would approve of!

                        What You Need:

White vinegar. Borax. Castile liquid soap.Washing soda.{not laundry soap}
Tea tree oil. Essential oil {we used lemon}.
Spray bottles.

        We choose the following for our cleaning purposes:

All-purpose disinfectant:
Mix 2 cups water, a few drops of natural soap, and 15 drops each of tea tree and lavender organic essential oil. You can spray this on all kinds of home surfaces – changing tables, cutting boards, toilets, sinks, walls, and more. Just don’t use this on glass, as it will streak. This basic cleaner is so safe and gentle.


Window Cleaner:
¼ – ½-tablespoon liquid castile soap
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups water
Spray bottle

Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake and use as you would a commercial brand.  The soap in this recipe is important.  It cuts the wax residue from the commercial brands you may have used.

 Source: Natural Healthy Home Cleaning Tips

All Purpose Spray Cleaner:
1-teaspoon borax
½-teaspoon washing soda
2 tablespoons vinegar
½-teaspoon castile soap
2 cups very hot tap water
Spray bottle

Combine the borax, washing soda, vinegar, and liquid castile soap in a spray bottle.  Add very hot tap water, shaking the bottle gently until the minerals have dissolved.  Spray on to the area to be cleaned and wipe with a sponge, rag, or cellulose sponge cloth.

Source: Natural Healthy Home Cleaning Tips

You can make you own bottle labels for free by visiting World where you will find
these and many more free labels and goodies! We simply wrote in the text, printed them off, cut them out, and Mod Podged the label before adhering it with a wide piece of clear packing tape over the label to the bottle.

We hope you are inspired to get back to basics!
Lets do it for Grandma!
Remember, keep it Homespun!

But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy great peace.
Psalm 37:11

Homespun With Love

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  1. These are awesome! I make our laundry soap and use vinegar for everything, I have used it in a carpet cleaner and it works better than any of the commercial soaps you can buy. Thanks for sharing! t. xoxo

  2. This is a great post! Thanks!

  3. Green is so much better! Thanks for linking up

  4. These are incredible! So good to know! Thanks for sharing!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training Tomorrow! Plus there is going to be a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

  5. cool! thanks so much for sharing! love this homemade cleaning supplies trend that's hitting town.
    {love} lauryn @

  6. I have a recipe similar to these that I use for the oven- It takes a little bit of elbow grease but it isn't toxic. I will use these thanks. Lynda

  7. Such a great idea! I want to do this for my cleaning supplies!

    I would love to have you share this at my link party, Show & Share!

  8. love this. i love actually KNOWING what's in my cleaning supplies!

  9. I am all about this!! I feel so much better about making my own cleaning stuff with my kids in the house. :) Thanks so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff last weekend! We would LOVE to have you come back and link up more of your great projects tomorrow!
    Camille @

  10. I know the point is to have natural cleaning products, but does this save you money as well? Just curious.

  11. I love green cleaning. Great post and thanks for linking to the free printables!! =)

  12. I am so excited about this post! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!

  13. Hi...Your post really got me thinking man..... an intelligent piece ,I must say. Residential cleaning Products .

  14. What was the recipe for Laundry Soap? Was that the very first?

  15. What was the recipe for the Laundry Soap? Is that the one on the very top?