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Earth Friendly Cleaners

Posted Apr 20 2009 12:57am

I know this is way off the purpose of my blog, but I have some recipes, not for food, but cleaning products!  It's spring and many people are spring cleaning and trying to save the earth at the same time.  

I purchased this book a year ago, and have been making my own homemade cleaning products from the recipes in it!  The book is calledBetter Basics For the Homeby Annie Berthold-Bond.  She has recipes for everything from all purpose cleaner to skin care products and everything in between.  I purchased mine from  Annie also has a really nice blog with many helpful hints on green living at


Now, if I could just get Triniti to do some cleaning for me.  She's better at making messes than cleaning them.  

The ingredients you will need to make these are; vinegar, baking soda, liquid dish soap and essential oils.  I buy my vinegar and baking soda in large quantities at Sam's club.  I use an earth friendly dish detergent called Seventh Generation.  The essential oils can be purchased at most local health food stores or online.  My favorite is lavender or lemon.  

I thought I would share my two favorite recipes from the book.  The first is an all purpose cleaner.  I use it on windows, the laminate floor or any hard surfaces that need cleaning.  I even use it in between my weekly cleaning in the bathroom for quick clean ups.  

1/4 cup white distilled vinegar
1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent
2 cups water
A couple drops of essential oil

Mix all ingredients together and keep in a spray bottle.  This is so economical!   

My next favorite cleaner is the homemade soft scrub.  This is so easy.  Put 1/2 cup of baking soda in a bowl.  Mix in enough liquid detergent to make the consistency of frosting.  Then add some drops of essential oil.  I store mine in a Tupperware type dish with a tight fitting lid.  This cleans sinks wonderfully!  

If you are looking for these types of cleaning products for your home, I highly recommend this book.  You will save not only the environment, but tons of money!  

Now, If I could just get those dogs to wipe their feet!  

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