For some of the same reasons people choose organic gardening over traditional gardening, more and more people are using environmentally friendly cleaning supplies.  The cleaning supplies you choose to use inside your home can include harsh chemicals.  These chemicals may be abrasive to the skin or unhealthy to breath and in some cases can be harmful for animals and small children.

Environmentally friendly cleaners are typically better for anyone using them or exposed to them, including the environment.  Learning which recipes to create on your own, or finding the right cleaners to use can be a process, however the internet has made this so easy for us!

To start, we must understand the basic ingredients for many of these cleaners.  These include baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice.  Others may also incorporate soap, washing soda or borax.    You want to make sure you are careful when mixing ingredients, and it’s always good to follow recipes that are known to work.  Pinterest is a great place to search for these cleaners.  Sprouts Farmers Market has a nice Pinterest link showing a few recipes you may want to try.

To clean Mirrors and Windows, try this recipe:

  • ¼ cup white distilled vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 12 drops of lemon essential oil

Pour the ingredients into a clean spray bottle and shake well.  Spray on surface and wipe with a clean cloth.

And for a general cleaner, try this one:

  • 1 tbsp. of liquid castile soap
  • ½ cup of white distilled vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups of water

Take an empty spray bottle and combine liquid castile soap, white distilled vinegar and water.  Replace the cap on and shake well.  This makes a nice multipurpose cleaner.

In addition to some of the basic ingredients that go into making these environmentally friendly cleaners, you can also use essential oils.  Different essentials oils may have antibacterial qualities as well as offer a fresh scent to your cleaning supplies.  If you have tips and recipes you have used around your home, let us know in the comments section.

Building the house you want is only one part of creating a home, and you do have a choice when it comes to the chemicals you bring inside your house.  Whether you are using environmentally friendly cleaners like simple green, or making your own cleaners at home, discovering some of the benefits of using these products may help your family as well as the world we live in.

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