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Make Your Own Go Green Homemade Household Cleaning Products

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Green Living and Cleaning, conservation-minded of outdoor and indoor environments.

"My Green Cleaning Kit" shared via Creative Commons License

"My Green Cleaning Kit" shared via Creative Commons License

Make your own Green Clean Products with Ordinary Household Items!

These Green Cleaning recipes are culled from many sources, while some include my trial and error tweaks. I have not used or tested every one of these yet, but I'm on my way.

Many of these safe green clean recipes include everyday pantry staples you already have in your home. Vinegar and baking soda (bi-carb soda) are completely safe and have many household uses. If you haven't tried green cleaning, these are the easiest and cheapest ingredients to start you on your ecologically friendly conversion. Try the window and glass cleaning formula recipe below to get started.

Cleaning with Old Toothbrushes? Yup!

Toothbrushes are the perfect size for lots of jobs around the house.  Wash them in the dishwasher, or submerg in boiling water for a minute, and all the cootie germs will disappear.

Toothbrushes are the perfect size for lots of jobs around the house. Wash them in the dishwasher, or submerg in boiling water for a minute, and all the cootie germs will disappear.

Pretty Purple Star!

Pretty Purple Star!

This Green Clean Article Received a Quality Recognition Award

Once upon a time in Squidoo-land, this lens (article) earned a Purple Star. A Purple star would only be given to Giant Squids (Squidoo authors) with 50 or more certified quality articles. These were awarded to a few exceptional lenses per week. Here on Hubpages Editor's Choice hubs are comparable.

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Green Clean = Common Household Ingredients

  • white vinegar
  • baking soda
  • borax
  • salt
  • herbs
  • olive oil
  • cornstarch
  • lemon juice
  • cream of tartar
  • toothpaste - the white kind without gel, sparkles, etc.
  • hairspray
  • isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol)
  • hydrogen peroxide

And lots more!

Trade Smart Reusable Cloths for Paper Towels

My SmartForNature Cloths

2 Green cloths were cut from a full size sheet and are what I use most.  The purple sheet was cut in 4 pieces for quick wipe sized cloths.

2 Green cloths were cut from a full size sheet and are what I use most. The purple sheet was cut in 4 pieces for quick wipe sized cloths.

Reusable Tools... Wait! Don't Throw That Out! Yes, Really!

Save to reuse and repurpose:

Spray bottles and containers from your old non-green cleaning products (See intro)

Old toothbrushes (Run through dishwasher before use, or clean with soap and really hot water) Ideal for cleaning cracks and crevices that never seem to get clean.

Pipe Cleaners for even smaller crevices and tiny holes like my teeny bud vases (just rinse and let completely dry before storing)

Old bristle hairbrushes (Run through dishwasher before use, or clean with soap and hot water. Great for brushing furniture for pet hair.

Any more ideas for repurposed cleaning tools? Let us know in the comment section way, way, below. :)

Tension Rods Really Work to Hang all your Squirt Bottles

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Green Clean - Surfaces

~ Window and Glass Cleaner ~

Fill a spray bottle with:

3 tbs. Ammonia

1 tbs Vinegar

Cool water

Wipe clean and polish to get that nice clear shiny appearance.

My Tweak: Add 1 squirt dish washing liquid and 1-2 food coloring. I use green since this was my first homemade cleaner. :) I now use blue since I don't have any store bought window cleaners in the house, and it helps to identify it as window cleaner for everyone in the house.