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How to make your own natural cleaning products

How to ... clean green

Clean is important, but so is your health and the health of your family. Try these all-natural cleaning solution recipes to get your home clean while avoiding harsh chemicals.
Woman cleaning with eco friendly products

These non-toxic cleaners are proven to clean as effectively as the leading brands, while allowing you to rid your home of harmful products that can be fatal if ingested by your children or pets.

All-purpose cleaner

What you will need:

  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda (or borax)
  • Water

Directions:

Mix 1/2 cup of water with 1/4 cup of baking soda (or substitute 2 teaspoons of borax for baking soda) in 2 liters of water. Store any remaining mixture. Apply to a cloth or sponge and clean away!

Air freshener

What you will need:

  • One lemon

Directions:

Slice a lemon into quarters and grind one slice up in the garbage disposal. Be sure to run the garbage disposal with the faucet on before putting the lemon in to make sure there is no other food in it.

Disinfectant

What you will need:

  • Borax
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Liquid castile soap (optional)

Directions:

Combine 2 teaspoons of borax, 4 tablespoons of vinegar and 3 cups of hot water. For extra disinfecting power, add 1/4 teaspoon of liquid castile soap. Apply to a damp cloth for use.

Toilet bowl cleaner

What you will need:

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon juice

Directions:

Combine 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 cup vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Pour the mixture into toilet bowl and let sit several minutes before scrubbing with a toilet brush.

Laundry detergent

What you will need:

  • Ivory soap
  • Washing soda (Try Arm & Hammer’s All Natural Super Washing Soda)
  • Borax

Directions:

Combine 1 cup of Ivory soap, 1/2 cup washing soda, and 1/2 cup borax in a resealable bottle. Use 1 teaspoon for smaller loads and 2 teaspoons for larger ones. Store and reuse the rest of the mixture.

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