I’ve written before about the greenest ways to recycle household cleaner, but how about keeping them green from the get go? I found some household cleaner recipes that are every bit as effective as what you’ll find at the store, without the nasty ecological side effects.
- Window and Glass Cleaner Recipe: 2 tsp. vinegar and 1 qt warm water. Use newspaper to clean your glass instead of expensive paper towels, or cloth that can leave streaks and dust behind.
- Simple All-Purpose Surface Cleaner Recipe: ½ tsp washing powder (soap powder), 1 generous squirt of liquid soap and 2 cups of warm water. Shake it all up and make sure the powder is dissolved, then put it in a spray bottle and spray away.
- Oven Cleaner Recipe: Baking soda, water, salt (for scrubbing). Sprinkle water over the oven’s bottom. Sprinkle baking soda on top, and sprinkle more water on top of that. Let that set overnight. Wipe it away the next day, or scrub with salt to coax stubborn stains off.
- Lime Scale Cleaner Recipe: Lemon juice and white vinegar. Blend the two in equal parts and spray over the surface. Let it sit for several minutes, then take a plastic scrubber to it. This works because lime is very alkaline, so you need something acidic to cut through it.
- Mold Cleaner Recipe: Hydrogen peroxide and water. This mixture should be 1/3 hydrogen peroxide and 2/3 water. Spray it on moldy areas, let it sit for an hour, then scrub away. It works best for bathroom mold.
Household cleaning services such as the Maid Brigade take green cleaner recipes to the max, basing their entire business model on green power. Since green cleaning is an expanding business, the opportunity to own a franchise has proved a profitable option for many eco-entrepreneurs.