Friday, September 20, 2013

Greener Cleaners: Homemade Cleaners With Simple, Easy to Find Ingredients

Our family is progressively taking steeps to reduce our toxic imprint on the planet.  Our next phase is to reduce the toxins we bring into our home by making household cleaners from scratch.  Making your own cleaners does not just reduce toxins: having bulk base ingredients on hand is a great addition to preparedness. We recently watched the documentary Chemerical.  The family in this documentary had a challenge to remove all toxic clearness from their home and replace them with natural or home made alternatives.  Although challenging, this documentary opens your eyes to the mountain of benefits that non toxic household products will have on your family.   We aren't saying to go and throw away every corporate cleaner or toiletry today.  Try gradually introducing specific everyday use cleaners and take it from there.  We have some recopies that might help you get started that use basic everyday household products that you may already have in the house.  Happy homemaking and please share if you have any homemade replacements that you personally enjoy! 

If you don't already have the products you need to get started, everything you need to mix your own cleaning solutions can be found at your local supermarkets.  It's best to buy in bulk to get a better bang for you buck. You can cheap out on olive oil as I am pretty certain that you won't be snacking on the outcome.  

What you will need

  • Liquid Castile Soap
    • You can buy it or even make it yourself.  Click here for instruction on how to make your own. 
  • Essential Oil with Antiseptic Properties 
    • May we recommend lavender, tea tree, sage, eucalyptus, lemon, thyme or pine. 
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • White Vinager
  • Cornstarch
  • Borax
  • Baking Soda
  • Olive Oil 
Before getting started you need to experiment with scent.  Dr. Bronner's Liquid Castile soap comes in a bunch of different scents.  Try combing them to create a scent that is something you enjoy and make sure to take note once you have the right mix.  If you are making your soap from scratch you simply need to pick an essential oil or combination of that you love. 


All Purpose Cleaner - Makes 2 medium Bottles
Use on all surface except granite, wood furniture, and food areas like cutting boards
  • 2 cups of hot water
  • 2 TBSP Borax
  • 1/4 Cup Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Castile Soap
  • 40 Drops of Essential Oil 
Disinfectant - Makes 1 Medium Bottle
Safe for use on granite, great for killing germs
  • 3 TBSP Castile Soap
  • 30 Drops of Essential Oil
  • Enough water to fill the bottle 
Glass Cleaner - Makes 2 Mdeium bottles
Shake often to keep mixed
4 Cups hot water
2 TBSP Corn Starch (dissolve)
1/2 Cup rubbing alcohol
1/2 Cup Vinegar

Furniture Polish - makes 2 small bottles
This one separates fast, so shake every other spray or so.  Goes a really long way. 
  • 1 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1 Cup Vinegar
  • 60 drops (about 3ml) essential oils 

Shower Spray - Makes 1 bottle
Lightly mist walls and tub after you shower
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Castile Soap
  • 10 Drops Essential Oil

Soft Scrub - makes 2 squeeze bottles
Scrub into tubs, sinks, and toilets, let sit, then rinse 
1/2 Cup Baking soda
1/2 cup borax power bottle
1/2 cup castile soap per bottle
15 drops essential oil per bottle
Splash of water until you get desired consistency

Join us Monday, October 7th for a Greener Cleaner Workshop.  Leave with your own home made cleaners.  Class is by donation and presented by the Langley Environmental Partners Society.  Register at

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