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Green Cleaning

So I have a confession guys. Ever since getting pregnant, and especially since nesting has set in, I’ve turned into a green hippy. I want to eat more organics (which is hard considering where I live), I want to recycle and also I want to use more clean, green homemade cleaners.

I went and rounded up all the cleaners in my house, not including laundry and dishwashing detergents and this is what I found.

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Ya’ll, that is ridiculous. Some of the warnings of those things are scary… Like the antibacterial wipes that are a hazard to humans and animals. WHAT? Then why are they sold?

To be honest though, making my own homemade cleaning agents is something I’ve been interested in for a long time. After a ton of research and deciding exactly what I need to replace (because we all know I don’t need that many different cleaners) I made a list of what I wanted to make and went about finding the information.

For one thing, I knew I didn’t want to have a bunch of things I’d have to make up each time I wanted to clean. A lot of recipes are one time use sort of things and I knew that would never work for me. I’m lazy. If I can’t make up a batch, the chances of this happening are nil. Another thing is I wanted things that were easy to make but still gave a really good clean.

So, I rounded up my ingredients:
White Distilled Vinegar
Castile Soap
Natural Dish Soap
Tea Tree Oil
Lemon Oil
Water
Hydrogen Peroxide
Baking Soda

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When it is all said and done, I decided to make the following cleaners:

Multi-Purpose Spray – to be used in the kitchen, bathroom, quick spill clean up, etc
Dusting Spray – pretty self explanatory
Shower Spray – great for tubs, showers, sinks
Glass Spray – for mirrors and windows (Half water/Half White Distilled Vinegar)
Disinfecting Wipes – for bathroom sink and other quick clean ups

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The toilet cleaner looks to be the only thing I’ll have to mix up when I want to use it and that’s because it is a mixture of vinegar and baking soda and clearly that can’t be pre-mixed because the reaction is part of what does the cleaning.

Now, I’ve only just made these up, and I’ve not really tested them out but I’m hopeful that since I’m using someone else’s tried and true recipes that they will work out.

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