5 Green Cleaning Recipes

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Let me just start with this disclaimer:  I am not a fan of cleaning.   I’ve always looked for the products that help me clean faster and less often.  Those anti-bacterial wipes were the best invention – you mean I can skip that time-consuming extra step of spraying a cleaner onto a rag?  The problem is that as time went on, I realized that my hands were itchy and hurt after I used those wipes. 

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If you start looking at the ingredients on those store-bought products you will cringe at the chemicals you can’t pronounce.  And they’re really expensive.  And they produce a lot more trash that is probably not bio-degradable.  (Oh, and then there’s the whole “anti-bacterial is worse for your health” debate, but that’s a subject for another blog) 

I knew that I’d need to find some greener, healthier, cheaper cleaning supplies. (…and let’s face it – the longer I spend on Pinterest the less time I’m cleaning.  It’s a win-win.)  But I am trying to be realistic – if the recipe has more than 3 ingredients I’m probably NOT going to make it. 

I love the idea of cute little mason jars with chalkboard labels and little handmade laundry soap pellets that look great and smell amazing…but most anything I’ve tried to recreate from Pinterest should end up here:  Pinterest Fails.

So here are my favorite green cleaning recipes:

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Homemade All Purpose Cleaner- This recipe makes a wonderfully aromatic all-purpose cleaner that helps disinfect as well. We use it for just about everything that needs a quick wipe down…the highchair, cupboards, counter tops, blinds, refrigerator , walls, you name it!

One Part White Vinegar
One Part Water
15-30 DropsTea Tree, Lavender, and/or Lemon Essential Oil


All-Purpose Cleaner and Deodorizer

If you don’t have vinegar or essential oils sitting around, you probably have some baking soda in the cupboard.  This is great for kitchen counters, the stove, inside the refrigerator.  Pour the solution on a clean sponge or rag and wipe.

4 tablespoons baking soda
1 quart warm water


Glass Cleaner

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle.  Use to clean glass or mirrors with a dry cloth or piece of newspaper.

1/4 cup vinegar
4 cups warm water

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Heavy-Duty Scrub

This is the simplest recipe – cut the lemon in half, dip into borax and scrub away!  It’s great for rust stains on porcelain, enamel sinks or tubs.  (Not safe for marble or granite)  It’s also great on grease on your stove.

Half a lemon 
1/2 cup borax (a laundry booster; find it in the detergent aisle)

Garbage Disposal Freshener

When you’re done with your heavy-duty scrub, cut a slice or two from that lemon and toss it in the garbage disposal. Run water and turn on disposal.  Smells great and disinfects

So there you have it – fantastic green cleaning products with 3 or less ingredients.  Hey – less than 3, <3!  No wonder I love these recipes! 

If you’d like some other ideas, we’ve pinned our favorite green cleaning and recipe ideas to our Pinterest Board below!