How To Start An Eco-Friendly Cleaning Routine (With Recipes)

Written by Nicole Enberg Vaz

Cleaning my house is always a chore. Let’s be honest, no matter how diligent I try to be, I always feel like I could be doing more to keep my home spic and span. My biggest cleaning headache is typically the kitchen – its my favorite space in the house and my husband, my friends and I congregate in it all the time for cooking meals, sipping drinks and catching up.

Recently I started to get concerned about the amount of chemicals in the environment and the toll that many of my everyday household cleaners might take on my health & wellness. As a 30-something woman, I know how important it is to keep my house clean, green and eco-friendly, not only for the planet but for my overall well-being. I’m not saying that bleach and glass cleaner aren’t effective in scrubbing down your kitchen, but I soon discovered there are some recipes for some tried-and-true all natural cleaners that get the job done too.

According to the author of the book Toxic Free, the average home is filled with 30 or more commercial cleaning products– that’s a lot of chemicals lurking in your house! The recipes below are a part of my eco-friendly cleaning routine. These recipes are guaranteed to save you money, space and time when you need to scrub down your countertop or yoga mat. Most of the items below can be found at any natural health food store or online via Amazon. Happy spring cleaning!

 

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Yoga mat & workout gear “recipe”

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 1.5 tsp tea tree oil
  • Essential oil (about 15-20 drops as desired of your favorite scent) peppermint, lavender, grapefruit, rosemary eucalyptus are all nice and clean!
  1. Place all ingredients into a large spray bottle and shake before each use.
  2. Spray your yoga mat or weights/bands on one side and let solution soak for 2 minutes. With a damp cloth, wipe it down and then dry with a towel.
  3. Repeat on other side.

Thanks to OhSheGlows.com for the tip!

 

My all purpose cleaning spray “recipe”

  1. Place all ingredients into a large spray bottle and shake before each use.
  2. Spray down your countertop, butcher block, sink or table top surface. Let sit for 1-2 minutes.
  3. With a dry cloth, wipe down.

 

Germ-free Toilet Cleaner

  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup of liquid castile soap
  • 1 tablespoon tea tree essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon of distilled white vinegar
  • 10 drops of eucalyptus or peppermint essential oil
  1. Combine all ingredients in that trusty spray bottle and shake.
  2. Spray on all toilet surfaces and clean with damp cloth.

 

Coffee and tea stains

  • Stains in cups can be quickly dissolved by adding distilled white vinegar to a sponge or damp cloth and wiping.
  • To clean teakettle, coffee or espresso machine, add 2 cups of water and ¼ cup of vinegar and bring to a full boil. Let mixture cool, wipe with a clean cloth and rise with lukewarm water.

 

For Super Dirty Dishes and Baked-on-Food Dishes

  • To loosen baked-on-food from your casserole dishes, plates and pots, add baking soda to still warm dirty dish and let sit for 10-15 minutes before scrubbing.
  • If pot is already cooled before you have added baking soda, boil 1 cup of water, 5-6 drops of essential oil, and 3 tablespoons baking soda in the pot, pan or dish.
  • Allow mixture to stand until food and grease is easily scrubbed off.

 

If you don’t have the time to make your own all-natural cleaners, I have included a list of some non-toxic brands that I’ve used in my own home:

-Better Life

-Casabella

-Eco-Me

-Honest Company

-Method

-Seventh Generation

-Whole Foods

 

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