Try these green cleaners — they’re kind to the environment and kind to your wallet!
Sometimes I get discouraged seeing how much cheaper Green cleaners’ chemical counterparts are. Here are some solutions that are cheap and will have your bathroom sparkling clean without the overwhelming smell of fake fragrances and bleach. You might even have most of these products already in your home!
Commercial toilet bowl cleaners contain poisons — bleach, ammonia, hydrochloric acid, and naphthalene.
Instead of using these toxic substances, add half a cup of a green all-purpose cleaner, like Biokleen, to the toilet, then sprinkle in an ounce of baking soda into the bowl.
Side note — I love baking soda. I buy an extra large box and it’s usually sitting out on my counter because I use it so much (shout out to my friend Ashley - she witnessed this firsthand while living with me and thought I was ridiculous).
If you want extra bleaching power, use hydrogen peroxide. Fill a spray bottle with 1:1 water/hydrogen peroxide. Spray directly on toilet seats or around the rim. Brush and flush.
Instead of pouring chemicals down your drain to dissolve hairballs, unscrew the pipes and unclog it manually. Yes, it’s gross and smells and made my husband gag, but it feels great afterwards knowing all the gunk is out!
I’ve tried natural solutions like the baking soda-vinegar method and it did not work, and it definitely made things worse. Not sure if you’ve tried this method, but for me it caused an explosion out of the drain and out of the pipes once we unscrewed them.
Sinks and Vanity
Clean sinks and vanities with hot water and natural dish washing soap like Seventh Generation.
Or make a creamy soft scrub mix of baking soda, castile soap, glycerin, and essential fragrance oils (optional) that will foam up and clean away the dirt. See more Green cleaner recipes HERE!
You can use the soft-scrub mix all over the house. Also, castile soap is great to have on hand for all sorts of uses — I like using it for homemade hand soap and for body wash.
Mirror and Glass
White vinegar will green clean glass and mirrors. Add a quarter cup of vinegar to a 32-ounce spray bottle, and then fill with distilled water, which is free of tap water’s minerals that can make the solution murky.
Spray on and wipe with microfiber cloths, which are washable and reusable.
Mix baking soda, castile soap, and essential oils for a soft scrub that will green clean the dirt, mold, and scum that darkens tile grout.
A mop bucket of vinegar-based all-purpose cleaner (recipe Here) will make tile floors shine. And Borax can green clean mold from shower tile and grout. Mix 1 cup of borax/1 gallon of water. Scrub with a stiff-bristled brush.