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How to Create a DIY Chemical Free Cleaning Kit

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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
  • Sponges
  • Pumice Stone (use to remove stubborn stains from the inside the toilet bowl)
  • Old toothbrushes
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Vinegar
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt in a shaker bottle
  • Lemon Juice
  • Borax
  • 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. 

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DIY Non Toxic Cleaning Recipes

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Having the right tools and some great cleaning recipes is all you need for a clean, green home. When you combine our DIY Chemical Free Cleaning Kit with these non toxic cleaning recipes below, you will have everything you need to keep your home clean without costly chemicals. If you have a favorite recipe not seen here we would love to hear about it so please comment below.

Cleaning Recipes for around the home

Window Cleaner
1/4-1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent

3 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups water
Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up a bit, 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 might have used in the past.

Daily All-Purpose Cleaner
1 cup white vinegar

1 cup seltzer water
8 drops of tea tree oil

1/8 cup hydrogen peroxide (the regular kind in a brown bottle)
Pour into a misting bottle if you have one, if not use a spray bottle. Besides cleaning, this mixture can be used to disinfect surface areas in your home. Hydrogen peroxide eventually turns to water, so make sure to add more each time you use the solution.

Multipurpose Cleaner:
1/2 cup peroxide (the regular kind in a brown bottle)

1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon castile soap
Mix ingredients in spray bottle, use for cleaning floors, dusting furniture, cleaning toilets and other hard surfaces. This is also a powerful stain cutter and odor pet neutralizer. Make sure to test on an inconspicuous spot before using over a large area of your furniture or carpet. I spray my furniture and carpet without issue, but all fabrics are different. The Sal Suds will cut grease better than a regular castile soap will, that makes it perfect for cleaning windows.

Spot Wipes (Disinfecting wipes alternative)
1/4 cup vinegar

1/4 cup club soda
8 drops of essential oil (for scent)
Combine ingredients and soak 20 heavy-duty paper towels in the mixture. Squeeze out the excess and store in a plastic sandwich bag. Use to clean spots and spills as needed.

Homemade Laundry Detergent
2 cups Washing Soda (found in the laundry aisle or make your own from baking soda)
2 cups Borax
1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s Castille soap, grated.
Once grated the bar of soap gives you approximately 2 cups. You can either buy it in the scent of your choice or scentless. I prefer the peppermint one, it’s such an energizing scent, and it makes the laundry smell just so wonderful!

Toilet Bowl Cleaning Recipes

Vinegar and Baking Soda
1 cup vinegar

1/2 cup baking soda
Pour the vinegar into the toilet bowl and let it sit for at least 30 minute. When complete, dip your brush in the toilet and sprinkle some baking soda onto the brush. Scour the inside of the toilet with the brush until the all baking soda is gone. Repeat as necessary.

Borax and Lemon Juice
1 cup of Borax

1/2 cup of lemon juice
Pour 1 cup of Borax into a small bowl then add 1/2 cup of lemon juice over the Borax and gently stir with a spoon into a paste. Flush the toilet to wet the sides, then rub the paste onto the toilet with a sponge (you might want to wear rubber gloves just to stay clean). Let it sit for 2 hours before scrubbing thoroughly. This is great for removing a stubborn stain, like a toilet bowl ring.

Borax and Vinegar
1 cup of Borax
1/2 cup of vinegar
Flush the toilet to wet the sides of the bowl then sprinkle a cup of Borax around the rim and sides of toilet. Spray 1/2 cup of vinegar over the Borax and allow to sit for several hours or overnight. Scrub thoroughly with a toilet brush until the bowl gleams.Sometimes, hard water just leaves a stubborn ring that no amount of scrubbing or rubbing can eliminate. Use the pumice stone at this point  and rub lightly on the stain.

Cleaning recipes for the car

Car Wash Solution
A bucket of water
Liquid castile soap
Add a couple drops of liquid castile soap to a bucket of water, and wash.

Window Cleaner
White vinegar
A spray bottle
Newspaper
Spray full strength vinegar onto the windows. Allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then, wipe dry with a piece of newspaper.

Chrome Cleaner
White vinegar
Water
A spray bottle
A sponge or cleaning rag
Mix together equal parts white vinegar and water. Then, spray it on your wheels; and work it in with a sponge or cleaning rag. Note: Vinegar should not be used on aluminum alloys.

Tire Cleaner
Baking soda
Water
A scrub brush
Mix baking soda and water together to form a paste. Then, work the paste into the tires with a scrub brush. Let it sit for several minutes. Then, rinse off.

Carpet and Upholstery Stain Remover
White vinegar
Baking Soda
A scrub brush
Mix white vinegar and baking soda together to form a paste. Then, work the paste into any carpet and upholstery stains with a toothbrush or something similar. Allow the paste to dry. Then, vacuum up the baking soda, and the stains should be gone. Note: Some stains may need to be treated more than once.

Car Interior Cleaner
White vinegar
Water
A spray bottle
A cleaning rag
Mix together equal parts white vinegar and water. Then, spray it on any vinyl, plastic, wood, or leather surfaces in your car that need cleaning. Allow it to soak in. Then, wipe dry with a clean rag. Note: As with any leather cleaner, you should test on a small area before applying to the entire surface.

Car Interior Protectant
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
A spray bottle or bowl
2 cleaning rags
Combine olive oil and lemon juice in a spray bottle or bowl. Then, use a clean cloth to wipe a small amount of the protectant into the dashboard and any other plastic or vinyl surfaces. Finish by wiping off the excess with another cleaning rag. Do not use on the steering wheel, pedals or any other controls where slipperiness could pose a hazard. Also be careful not to get in on windows.

Warning: Since these are general tips and the materials in your home and car can vary, it is suggested that you always test these tips out in an inconspicuous area first before treating the entire stain. Some ingredients such as lemons will have a mild bleaching effect and should only be used on light colored fabrics/carpets after testing a small area for colorfastness.

How to Clean a Steam Iron

Clean-a-Steam-Iron

How is your steam iron looking these days? Have you ever ironed a light colored item only to leave discoloration behind? If the answer is “yes” you need to give your iron a spring cleaning! It is so simple and you will be surprised to learn that we will only need two ingredients: baking soda and vinegar.

Step 1:  Saturate a paper towel (an old towel or rag will do as well) in distilled white vinegar and place your iron (unplugged) on it for about five minutes. Start “ironing” the towel and continue until the iron plate is clean. If your iron has stubborn stains that are not coming off, saturate the towel with vinegar again and sprinkle a liberal amount of baking soda to provide scrubbing power. Continue to firmly rub the iron plate until all stains are removed.

If your steam iron is particularly crusty and stained, try this method. Make a paste of baking soda and water (toothpaste consistency)  and apply liberally to the iron plate. Let it set for about 45 minutes then give it a good wipe clean with a damp washcloth. 

Step 2: After you have removed all the baking soda and vinegar, set your iron on the steam setting and and baking soda that got stuck in the holes will start to come out. Keep the steam on and continue to wipe the iron down until completely clean. After this step your iron should be shining!

Step 3: Combine 1 part vinegar to 1 part water and pour into your iron’s water reservoir. Set iron to steam and keep it on until solution is used up. This will help clean out the build up from inside of your iron and the steam holes. Add some fresh water, steam once more and now you are ready to use your fresh and clean iron!

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The stains of the holiday

It happens every year. Weeks of planning, shopping, cooking and cleaning to create the perfect holiday. We all do it to to create wonderful memories with family and friends and sometimes we get more than we bargained for…like stains! Eek! The good new is, if you are prepared to deal with the most common stains before they happen, chances are, you wont have an unwanted memory left behind after the party is over. For even less stress, make sure you check out our amazing deal at the end of this post to help you get through all the holidays! Read More →