Two Classic Home Made Surface Cleaners
Clean almost any surface in your home with these two classic all purpose, home made green cleaning recipes. These are tried and true cleaners that have stood the test of time. One is by greening cleaning and eco expert Karen Logan, and one uses the natural chemistry and proven cleaning power of vinegar and water. By using simple and affordable ingredients, you can save money while cleaning kitchen and bathroom surfaces such as counters, appliances, bathroom walls, and fixtures. You'll also be keeping harsh chemicals and noxious fumes out of your home while protecting your health. These two all purpose eco friendly green cleaners are low cost, effective and easy to make using basic household supplies.
Classic All Purpose Surface Green Cleaner #1
This recipe is a tried and true all purpose eco friendly cleaner from green cleaning expert Karen Logan, author of "Clean House, Clean Planet." Karen calls this "Alice's Wonder Spray."
Works great on refrigerators, appliances, walls, counters, doors, toilets, toilet seats, door knobs.
2 Tbsp. white distilled vinegar
1 Tsp. borax
1/4 cup liquid castile soap
16 oz. spray bottle
Instructions: Add the 2 Tbsp. of white vinegar and 1 Tsp. of borax into the spray bottle. Now fill the bottle with very hot water. Shake to mix until the borax is dissolved.
AFTER you have dissolved the borax, Add the 1/4 cup of liquid castile soap.
Make it Special: Want to make it smell nice? Add a dozen drops of an essential oil like peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass, orange, rose or your own favorite.
Notes: Borax is mildly toxic. Label the container and store in a safe place. Karen also suggests using distilled or purified water, just to keep extra minerals out of the recipe. Do not use any vinegar recipe on marble. The acidic properties of vinegar can dull or damage marble.
Classic All Purpose Surface Green Cleaner #2
This is a simple yet effective green cleaning recipe that has been used by home makers for generations. The cleaning power is provided by the natural acidic properties of vinegar. Even when diluted with water, vinegar's mild, natural acids can break down grease and kill bacteria in the kitchen and bathroom. Vinegar's odor disappears when the vinegar has evaporated on the cleaned surface.
Fill the spray bottle half way with water. Fill the rest of the way with white distilled vinegar. Shake to mix well.
Use to clean windows, mirrors, floors, chrome, stainless steel, kitchen counters, toilet area, pet litter boxes and more.
Label the container and store safely.
Download All Purpose Cleaner Labels
Download this handy ready made label template. Open in a word processor like Microsoft Word. Print using Avery labels #6878. Labels are 3 3/4" X 4 3/4". There are 4 to a page.