Keeping your home green while you clean is easy when you have a chemical free cleaning kit handy to use for every task. With the right tools and a few recipes you can keep your home clean and fresh without the worry of expensive, toxic chemicals around you and your family.
I have listed the items necessary for a fully equipped cleaning kit but feel free to tailor it to your needs. Make it as deluxe or as simple as you want. You can even make this kit as a gift or to send off with your college bound kid! Be creative and have fun with it!
- Spray Bottles
- Glass Jars with lids
- Cheese Shaker (for baking soda)
- Microfiber Cloths
- Shower Caddy or similar carrying case that can be cleaned
- Pumice Stone (use to remove stubborn stains from the inside the toilet bowl)
- Old toothbrushes
- Rubber Gloves
- Baking Soda
- Salt in a shaker bottle
- Lemon Juice
- Tea Tree Oil (found in health food stores)
- Castile Soap (found in health food stores. Please note: do not mix with anything containing vinegar as the two cancel each other out)
- Peroxide (in the brown bottle found in drug stores)
- Liquid Detergent (look for a green one free of phosphates and nonylphenol ethoxylates)
- Vegetable Glycerin (found in health food stores)
For basic cleaning around the home simply make a solution of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water and use on any non-porous surface. Avoid using vinegar on porous materials like marble as it may pit the surface.
For stained or greasy areas and soap scum, sprinkle baking soda on your non-porous countertops, sinks and bathtubs and spray your simple vinegar solution right on top until you see bubbles. Let it sit for a few minutes and then clean area with a damp microfiber cloth or sponge until all traces of baking soda are gone. For stubborn areas, repeat process and add a sprinkle or two of salt to baking soda and scrub. No rinsing is necessary!
While vinegar and baking soda will work for many of your cleaning needs but sometimes you need a more specialized cleaner. We have compiled a list of some of our favorite DIY Non Toxic Cleaning Recipes using the all the ingredients in this post. Give them a try and let us know what you think!
When using these or any other cleaner you should always test your products on an inconspicuous area first before using.