10 Green Cleaners

10 DIY Cleaners That Will Turn You Into a Green Machine


Green LivingWe all love our homes smelling fresh and clean, but you don’t have to rely on store-bought cleaners with chemicals to do the job. These make-it-yourself cleaners contain only a few simple ingredients and can be put into recycled containers you already have around the house. Simply mix the listed ingredients together, make sure they’re blended well, and you’re ready to go.

General Surface Cleaner

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups white vinegar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Mix, spray, wipe, repeat. Use on any surface you would use a multipurpose cleaner.


Glass & Window Cleaner

  • ½ cup vinegar
  • ½ cup rubbing alcohol
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

After spraying this cleaner on glass or windows, be sure to use a dry towel or rag to avoid streaks.


Laundry & Stain Remover 

  • 1 cup warm water
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup hydrogen peroxide

You may want to wear gloves when mixing and using this one; hydrogen peroxide can be harsh on skin. Apply the mixture, suggested by HappyGoLuckyBlog.com, directly to the stain before washing. Make sure to test a small area of the fabric, to help make sure the stain remover won’t discolor it, and do not use on any clothing that is dry-clean-only.


Dishwasher Tablets

  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • 5 packets unsweetened lemonade mix

Add this to the dishwasher compartment that holds detergent, and watch your dishes come out sparkling, says HouseLogic.com, which also offers some variations on the recipe. 


Toilet Cleaner

  • 1 cup Borax
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice

Pour this mixture into toilet bowl and scrub the sides the same way you would with the store-bought stuff.


Grout Cleaner

  • 3 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup warm water

Sprinkle the mixture over grout and use a cleaning brush or sponge to scrub away grime.


Carpet Deodorizer

  • Cornstarch

Shake a thin layer over the entire surface of your carpet and let it sit for 39 minutes before vacuuming it up, suggests MoneySavingQueen.com.


Furniture Polish

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

Once you mix this up, put it in a spray bottle and use it to polish your wood furniture, DIY Network says. Spray it onto a soft cloth, then rub down the furniture to give it a sparkling shine.


Stainless Steel Cleaner

  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • 2 cups warm water

To avoid streaks, be sure to use a dry towel or rag to completely wipe away the cleaner.


Fabric Softener

  • ¼ to ½ cup white vinegar
  • Your favorite scent of essential oils (optional)

If you have a top-load washer, add this solution during the rinse cycle. If you have a front-load washer, add the solution to the softener compartment. And don’t worry—if you use the proper amount, your clothes should come out smelling vinegar-free.

Get those mason jars and spray bottles ready—these 10 cleaners will help keep your house clean AND green.

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