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9 DIY Green Cleaning Products That Really Work

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Green cleaning is becoming essential, because we really can’t go on polluting our planet the way we all have been. 

But green cleaning products aren’t always the cheapest to buy. 

Luckily there is a way around this, by making your own green cleaning products. 

Now, before you shudder at the thought of spending precious time, you don’t really have, mixing up bizarre concoctions, there is some good news for you. 

It is actually really simple to start cleaning your home with a few easy to find, easy on the purse, natural products. Some of which you may already have in your pantry. 

To get you started on your DIY green cleaning mission, here’s a list of 9 green cleaning essentials you need in your cleaning armoury. 

Between them they will cover off most cleaning jobs in your home. 

9 Green Cleaning Essentials

1. Baking soda

Oh the wonderful natural cleaning power of baking soda! Here’s a list of just some of the things you can use it for: 

  • Scrubbin grouting with a toothbrush
  • Sprinkling over mattresses, carpet and rugs to remove stains and smells
  • Unblocking drains when mixed with white wine vinegar 
  • Cleaning the washing machine on a clean the machine cycle, when mixed with vinegar
  • Cleaning the oven, again mixed with vinegar
  • Applied via a lemon to buff and clean stoves and hobs
  • Cleaning the dishwasher on a clean the dishwasher cycle, when mixed with vinegar
  • Cleaning the microwave, mixed with vinegar and lemon

2. Cedar wood

A natural way to get rid of moths who are eating their way through your clothes. Pop some cedar wood balls into your drawers and wardrobes to say goodbye to moths. Read our post on all the ways to get rid of a moth infestation here: How to get rid of moths.

3. Citric acid

Dissolved in water you can use citric acid to scrub and disinfect the loo, descale showers and taps and to clean coffee machines.

4. Microfibre duster

I completely swear by my Oxo microfibre duster with an extendable arm and a flip top. It gets easily into every corner, however high, and actually attracts the dust rather than just swishing it around.

I find I really don’t need to use any polish when it gets used regularly. 

5. Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide can remove really worn in blood and protein stains on clothes, bed linen and even soft furnishings.

It isn’t necessarily colour safe, so you need to do a colour test first. But it can be a life saver when nothing else will shift nasty marks AND it is naturally occurring.

6. Lavender

Use lavender in tandem with cedar wood balls in drawers, wardrobes and the laundry baskets to protect against moths.  

You can also use lavender in your kitchen cupboards to ward off other insects.

7. Lemon

Rub half a lemon directly on showers, taps and shower doors to get rid of limescale and tarnishing of and scrub hobs and stoves with half a lemon sprinkled with baking soda.  

Combine lemon juice with baking soda and vinegar for a powerful, but lovely smelling, clean out of a stinky microwave.

8. Sunshine

Wait till the sunny days really come in to spring clean bed linen and soft furnishings and dry everything outside in the sunshine rather than in a drier.  Remember anything with feathers in it needs to be dried flat and needs regular shaking to prevent clumping.

You’ll save a fortune on your drier or laundrettes.

9. Vinegar

Vinegar, like baking soda, has a multitude of uses – it can particularly help to:

  • Descale shower and taps
  • Clean toilets
  • Descale irons
  • Clean out dishwasher when mixed with baking soda
  • Clean out washing machine when mixed with baking soda
  • Clean shower walls with added dish liquid – though don’t use it on marble
  • Clean carpets and rugs, with added salt – test for colour fastness first
  • Disinfect and clean out the microwave when mixed with baking soda
  • Disinfect and clean out the fridge
  • Descale and degrease kitchen appliances such as coffee machines

As you can probably tell I’m really passionate about using green products around the house.

I’m also passionate about cleaning being as little of a time soak as possible.

If you’re also looking for ways tips get your house clean fast, with planet-friendly products, do pay a visit to one of the following recent cleaning posts:

Plus I’d love it if you popped over to our Zero Waste series. It’s a new series with a growing list of posts on getting rid of single-use plastic and turning your household zero waste. 

Zero Waste – 7 Single-use plastics to ditch now

Zero Waste – 9 Zerop-waste bathroom single-use plastic swaps you can make today

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A list of 9 DIY green cleaning products that really work to get your house clean without the use of toxic chemicals. Quick and easy to use, the list includes natural cleaning products such as lemon, vinegar, citric acid and lavender, plus microfibre cloths and dusters. Green cleaning essentials that you have around your home that will cover all your housework cleaning needs and save you money! #Cleaning #CleaningTips #CleaningHacks #CleaningTricks #GreenCleaning #housework #houseworktips #householdhacks #Greenclean #Greencleaners

Hannah White

Tuesday 9th of April 2013

What great ideas for green cleaning! I pinned your post! And I plan to be back tomrrow to link up something mama baby-ish! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday! Hope to see you there again today!

Betsy Pool

Tuesday 9th of April 2013

This is a great round-up!! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

Cherished Handmade Treasures

Friday 5th of April 2013

Thanks for sharing with us on the Creative Corner Hop.

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Trish - Mom On Timeout

Friday 5th of April 2013

Love this! Great tips! Pinned :) Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty

Wednesday 3rd of April 2013

Awesome tips and ideas!Selene @ Restoration Beauty