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May 5, 2013

Going Green With Your Spring Cleaning: Staple Items

I can’t believe it is time to wrap up this mini-series. I hope you have enjoyed reading along as much as I have had putting this together. It has been so much fun sharing all of the DIY recipes I have learned. I am no where near done making the journey to a green home. I am still in the market for a carpet cleaner and possible stain remover. Anyone have a good recipe?

You know I just couldn’t resist the chance to share my favorites. This certainly isn’t every cleaning product I love using but these are definitely my top 8.

Cleaning Cloths | Baking Soda | Unpaper Towels | Spray Bottles | Meyer’s Products
Green Works | Vinegar | Lemons

I ordered a set of 36 microfiber cloths from Amazon and absolutely love them. I divided them up so that I have a few in each bathroom and the kitchen. Along with that, I have a set of unpaper towels in the kitchen. We have not completely gotten rid of all paper towels in the house!

Spray bottles are great to have laying around if you have cats around the house for a rainy day. I found a wide variety of colors at Walmart. I have ended up using them for cooking, craft projects, travel and now cleaning products.

Baking soda, vinegar and lemons seem to be the latest fad in DIY home cleaning but they have been around for ages. What is great is that they are so versatile that I almost always have them around the house. Baking soda in the fridge, vinegar for when the hubs is craving Old Bay and vinegar fries and lemon for my Diet Coke water.

I like keeping Meyer’s products and a container of Green Works wipes around for those, just in case moments”. You never know when we have an, “uh ho” and I don’t have time to replenish.

That about wraps things up, for now. I can’t explain the feeling I have now when I am cleaning our house. I feel so much better about the choices I have made for my family.

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Going Green With Your Spring Cleaning: DIY Cleaning Agents

If you were excited about making your own dusting cloths, wait till you see this! I can’t believe how easy it was to remove some of our staple cleaning products and replace them with 2 spray bottles and a jar of dusting cloths!

For both of these cleaning agents, I picked up inexpensive iGo spray bottles at Walmart for a $1 each. I decided to get 2 sets of a few different colors for each room in the house that would need them.

First up is the All Purpose Cleaner that has now replaced Fantastik, AJAX and Soft Scrub. I can use this cleaner for our counter tops, toilets, showers and floors. I felt like a chemist making this one because the baking soda fizzed when it was poured into the bowl of vinegar.

For this recipe, you will need:
1/2 cup vinegar
2 tbsp baking soda
4 cups hot water

Mix the vinegar, baking soda and hot water together into a bowl. Cut the lemon and squeeze the juice into the bowl. Then cut the lemon into slices and throw them in the bowl as well. Once the water is cool, pour the mixture into your spray bottle(s). You can also put the lemon slices in as well.

Then I moved onto the window cleaner. I was very excited about this recipe because it called for dish soap which meant I could bust out my Meyer’s which I love! This recipe has now replaced our Windex and will be used to clean all of our windows, mirrors and the glass in our stall shower.

For this recipe, you will need:
2 cups hot water
1/2 cup vinegar
A few drops of dish soap
1 lemon
This recipe is made pretty much the same. Mix the water and vinegar in a bowl. Add a few drops of dish soap and then cut and squeeze the juice of a lemon in. You can cut the lemon into rinds and throw them into the bowl as well. When it has cooled, pour them into squeeze bottles.
As I mentioned yesterday, it is extremely important to label your household cleaning agents with their ingredients. While you know what is in them, someone else doesn’t! Using the Avery Self-Adhesive Removable Labels (1 x 1.5 inches), Click here to download the template for free!

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