All Purpose DIY Cleaners for the Eco-Friendly Home

All Purpose DIY Cleaners for the Eco-Friendly Home
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So here at the Ecology Runner house we do a lot of cleaning, and I do mean a lot. We have four sweet kitties, two amazing pugs, and two busy adults under one roof. That means a lot of dishes, a lot of fur, and lots of laundry (be it sweaty clothes, work clothes, or socks–we go through so many socks).

Despite wanting to have a super-clean house, and family, we also want to be as eco-friendly as possible. I also have sensitive skin and can’t deal with a lot of the chemicals in regular ol’ cleaning products. OH–and one other thing–I try very hard to make sure that everything we use is cruelty-free. Needless to say, that eliminates about 99% of cleaning products.

Weeeellll, guess what–you can have an awesomely clean house using just a handful of ingredients (most of which you probably own), and are so safe that you use them in your kitchen, and even in your food!

Eco-Friendly DIY Cleaners for Everything

Your basic household cleaner ingredient list looks like this:
Pumice stone
-Scrub brushes
-Baking soda
-White vinegar
-Hydrogen Peroxide
Lemon essential oil
Walnut oil
Lavender essential oil
Peppermint essential oil
Tea Tree oil
Washing soda
-Castile soap bar and liquid  (Yes, I’m also pretty partial to Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps)
20 Mule Team Borax
-Rubbing (Isopropyl) alcohol

That’s it. With those ingredients you can quite literally clean absolutely anything! In fact, sometimes I try to challenge myself–like, “Will vinegar and baking soda actually fix this nasty shower clog? Surely I’m going to have to buy liquid plumber….” and low and behold–Hot water, vinegar, baking soda and poof–no more gross shower.

So here are a few basic DIY Cleaners to get you started:

Basic cleaner (for counter tops and household needs)

-4 cups of water
-2 tbsp liquid castile soap
-20 drops of tea tree oil
-40 drops of lavender essential oil

Super cleaner (for grease, super dirt, extra disinfecting needs)

-3 1/2 cups of water
-2 tbsp liquid castile soap
-1/2 cup vinegar
-20 drops of tea tree oil
-40 drops of peppermint oil

Glass cleaner

-3 cups of water
-1/2 cup of vinegar
-1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol
-20 drops of lemon oil
Use with newspaper for a super sparkle & shine

Drain cleaner

-1 cup of vinegar
-1/2 cup baking soda
Pour in drain and cover for 30 minutes. 
After 30 minutes, run hot hot water (we use our kettle) down the drain.
Follow with:
-20 drops peppermint oil

Toilet cleaner

-1 cup vinegar
-1 cup Borax
-20 drops of tea tree oil
Let soak, for a few hours, flush. Rinse with water, and use a scrub brush or gently scrub with pumice stone to remove remaining water stains.

De-scaler (Removes hard water, and works as a shower spray!)

-2 cups water
-1/2 cup vinegar
-20 drops of lemon oil

Furniture Polish 

-2 tbsp walnut oil
-5 drops lemon oil
Dip rag and buff furniture, in circles (always test in an inconspicuous place first)

Dish Soap

-1 tbsp Borax
-1 tbsp grated castile bar soap
-10 drops of peppermint oil
-10 drops of lemon oil
-2 cups boiling water
Pour boiling water over ingredients, and stir until dissolved. Allow to cool and “gel” overnight. 

Laundry Soap

-1 cup finely grated castile bar soap
-One cup Borax
-1 cup washing soda
-20 drops of lavender oil
Thoroughly mix ingredients until they are completely blended. Mixture will be chunky. Use 1 tbsp per load (it is safe with HE machines, and low-suds).

There you go! Clean your house without the use of toxic chemicals and yucky over-scented rash-inducing fragrances.

Ooooh–I did I mention that it’s WAY cheaper? Like, cents on the dollar cheaper. Try it and see!

What about you guys? What do you like to clean with? Have you found any great eco-friendly solutions for household chores?

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