Green Cleaners: How to Make Your Own

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Many people are going green in their homes, and eco-friendly cleaners are a great way to do it. They come in all forms and fragrances, and there's one for practically every room and surface in the house. Simple, effective, and eco-friendly cleaning solutions can often be made from ingredients found in your home. Here are some simple recipes for homemade cleaners to keep your home clean and green.

How to Make Green Cleaners:

  1. Naturally sparkling mirrors and windows: You can use this homemade glass cleaner on everything from glass tables to windows and bathroom mirrors. All of the ingredients are inexpensive and eco-friendly. You can even choose the scent that you want, or you can leave it unscented, if you would prefer. Pour this mixture into a clean spray bottle and use a lint-free cloth to clean any glass surface.

    Eco-Friendly Glass Cleaner:

    • 2 cups water

    • 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar

    • 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol

    • 1 or 2 drops citrus essential oil (optional, for scent)

  2. Cleaned and conditioned tables and chairs: Apply this green cleaner mixture to a soft cloth to clean wood furniture. The lemon juice cuts buildup while the oil helps bring out the natural glow of the wood by conditioning it in a natural way.

    Natural Wood Furniture Cleaner:

    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

    • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  3. Pure and pretty pooch: Keep your pooch clean with this easy dry dog-shampoo. You won't have to mess with a wiggly, wet dog or worry about the chemicals typically found in pet shampoos. Take your dog outside, and rub this eco-friendly dry shampoo into his fur. Then brush it out thoroughly. It will absorb odors and excess oils.

    Chemical-Free Dry Dog Shampoo:

    • 1/2 cup cornstarch (or less, depending on the size of your dog)

  4. Spic-and-span brass fixtures: Use this green cleaning solution on non-lacquered brass only. Dampen a sponge with the vinegar or lemon juice, and then sprinkle on the salt. Lightly rub the brass surface, rinse with water, and dry with a clean cloth to prevent water spots from forming.

    Ecological Brass Cleaner:

    • 1 cup white vinegar or lemon juice

    • Sprinkle of table salt

  5. Simply spotless marble countertops: When you make this eco-friendly marble cleaner, make sure not to use citrus scents, vinegar, or any other acidic cleaner, as they will erode the stone's surface. Follow this green recipe and use it to wash your marble with a sponge. Afterward, rinse the area completely and buff the stone with a soft cloth.

    Green Marble Cleaner:

    • 2 drops non-citrus dishwashing liquid

    • 2 cups water

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Updated February 5, 2015