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Make Your Own Green Cleaner Highlights

Making green cleaners at home is simple and extremely cost-effective. There are dozens of different ways to mix common household products to make cleaners. You may be surprised that having only vinegar, water and baking soda allows you to clean almost anything in your home. In addition to the recipes provided below, many green Web sites and blogs list different ideas for mixing your own cleaners.

Baking Soda
Soda Ash (sodium carbonate found in the laundry detergent section)
Liquid Soap
Essential Oils
Lemon Juice
Vegetable or Olive Oil



All Purpose Cleaner
1/2 teaspoon soda ash or baking soda
Dab of liquid soap
2 cups hot water
Combine in a spray bottle; shake until all powder is dissolved. Apply and wipe off residue with a rag or sponge.

Glass Cleaner
1 gallon water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon liquid dish detergent

Furniture Polish
1 cup vegetable or olive oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
Mix in spray bottle and shake well. Apply small amount to a cloth.

Drain Cleaner
Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, followed by 1/2 cup vinegar. Cover the drain and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Flush with 2 quarts boiling water.

Mold Killer
2 teaspoons tea tree oil
2 cups water
Combine in spray bottle and shake to blend. Spray on problem areas. Do not rinse.


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Last updated: September 11, 2009

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