It’s true, you can go to the store and buy products off the shelf for any cleaning need you might have. But by now you are probably aware of just how many toxic and harmful chemicals are hiding in most of the conventional cleaners! Trying to find out which products are really green as they seems or if they are just using the word “green” in their names is another frustrating fact we have to deal with… and if on top of everything you are trying to reduce your plastic footprint, it makes it almost impossible to find a cleaning solution in sustainable, let alone zero waste packaging in the conventional stores!!! What you can do is to make similar products, ones that you know the ingredients of, for very little money and just a little bit of effort. When making homemade cleaning products you really only need a few ingredients. Those ingredients include vinegar, baking soda, borax, castile soap, some essential oils and hydrogen peroxide. In fact, you can make a variety of cleaners all from one bottle of castile soap and one or two of the above ingredients. Do you need a multi-purpose cleaner? Instead of buying, why not mix up a bottle of homemade multi-purpose cleaner? In a spray bottle clearly mark that this is a multi-purpose cleaner. Then mix together equal parts water and white vinegar, add the juice from half a lemon, mix well and you are all done! If you prefer soap-based cleaner – no problme. Simply mix 1/4 cup of castile soap with 2 cups of water, add 10 drops of tea tree oil (or another essential oil of your choice) and you have it! 🙂 These sprays are effective, sustainable and cost you much less. You can buy or reuse a spray bottle thus saving the planet pollution in the same time as well! Vinegar is known to cut grease and dirt, and is good as a disinfectant. You can use this mixture to clean windows, soap scum, mildew, tubs, and ceramic tiles. Add a drop or two of any essential oil of your choice to aid in the effectiveness of the cleaner. Do not, however, use vinegar on natural marble floors or counters. You can also make an air freshener that will actually absorb odors rather than covering them up. In a bottle that will create a fine mist, combine two cups of hot water, one teaspoon of baking soda, and one teaspoon of vinegar. Shake the bottle to help the baking soda dissolve. If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, add a drop or two of any citrus essential oil. (Be sure to clearly mark your bottle.) For an air freshener to help both keep the moths away and refresh your wardrobe, use a small cloth bag filled with wooden particles sprinkled with 10 drops of lavender essential oil. To avoid odor in your garbage bin, just sprinkle a little bit of vinegar on the bottom of the bin before putting the bag in. For an effective disinfectant, mix together two teaspoons of borax, four tablespoons of vinegar, and three cups of hot water. While borax is NOT non-toxic, it is environmentally safe. Please be careful to label anything containing borax, and be careful how you store it. Everyone knows that hydrogen peroxide will clean out a wound, and that’s probably the only way most people will use it. Did you know, however, that it’s great for removing fresh blood on clothing? The same foaming action that draws the dirt out of a scrape will remove blood from a shirt or slacks. You can also add hydrogen peroxide right into your washing machine when washing a load of whites. Pour a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the washing machine as it fills with water. Just make sure you don’t pour it directly onto your clothing because peroxide will act the same way as bleach. To make your own washing powder, simply grate some castile soap, mix it with washing soda and hydrogen peroxide and it’s done – natural, effective and sustainable! Kitchen counters and wooden cutting boards, if not cleaned properly, could be a breeding ground of salmonella or other bacteria. Rinse your counter or cutting board down with hydrogen peroxide after they are washed to kill all traces of the bacteria. Rubbing a little lemon juice on it can help too. You don’t have to spend a fortune, or fill your home with harmful chemicals, to get your home clean. Well-known items, usually found in the home anyhow, are all you need. By combining a few simple ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, borax, or hydrogen peroxide, you can keep your home clean and healthy. You can also make your own castile soap, but this will take you a bit more time and effort. In some of our future posts and videos we will share the steps and the recipes for those of you who are willing and have the time and nerve to make it all themselves. For everyone else, who really want to get on the sustainability path, get rid of the toxins and chemicals and have a healthy home, but simply have no time to make it all yourselves – no worries! 🙂 We can offer an option to have all you need delivered to your doorstep every month so you now can also have the healthy and sustainable home you deserve with the EcoAccent Healthy Home Subscription Box!