Since I am working on cleaning up my house as well as my life I thought I would share my favorite green cleaning recipes. I’d always been leery of homemade cleaning recipes because I hate the smell of vinegar. But I decided to give it a go after a particularly bad experience with a cleaning product called 409. I was on my old boat and just quickly scrubbed the walls in the salon when the chemical fumes became so unbearable that I developed a horrible headache and started to feel ill. I hate to sit in the cockpit with all the ports and hatches open for over an hour before I could go back in to the boat. While the problems with cleaning chemicals become more apparent in a space the size of a large closet that doesn’t mean that they aren’t still there when you are cleaning your house. Not only will this be a healthier alternative for both you and the environment, but it will be cheaper too. And who doesn’t like to save money?
Homemade Citrus Cleaner– This is the cleaning recipe that I use the most. I have to admit that to being amazed at how well this works. I fully expected that I would be scrubbing much harder that if I had been using a chemical laden cleaner, but that isn’t the case at all. The orange peels also keep the cleaner from smelling like vinegar. You can still catch a slight whiff, but only if you are really paying attention.
Homemade Lemon Scented All Purpose Cleaner- This one is very similar to the one above, but with the addition of baking soda and instead of soaking the orange peel you just add fresh lemon juice. Even without soaking the peel for two weeks it still doesn’t have an overwhelming vinegar scent.
Homemade Bleach– Hydrogen Peroxide is great for killing bacteria. While not quite as strong as bleach this is a great eco-friendly alternative. And one that you can use without having to be quite so paranoid about splashing on your clothes.
Homemade Leather Cleaner– I have never used this. I don’t have any leather furniture, but I thought I would add it in here. The last time I bought leather cleaner for my car seats it smelled awful. My car smelled for over a week.
Homemade Dish Soap- Here are two dish recipes one for hand washing and one for a dishwasher. I don’t have a dishwasher, but love Dr. Bronner’s soap for washing dishes.