Spring Greening – Cleaning Green

I have decided to green up my cleaning products. If you read the blog, you might know that I’m already obsessed with using vinegar to clean my house. You can read proof of that here, here and here! I have used vinegar to do about 90% of my cleaning for a long time, but there are several other items I want to ‘Green-Up’ so instead of Spring Cleaning, I’m focusing on some Spring Greening. It’s time to Green the Nest!

My first step was to start researching. You can see some of the fruits of my researching labor on my Pinterest-Cleaning Board. Since I already have vinegar as my go-to guy for all purpose cleaning, I wanted to focus my efforts on several other items.. laundry detergent, dish washing detergent and a daily shower spray are at the top of the list! I won’t give you the play by play just yet because I’m testing the products I made, but here’s a basic rundown of the process.

After I researched and pinned to my heart’s content, I noticed a trend…my friend Jen was re-pinning all of my cleaning pins. Hmmm, wheels turning here. So I called her and said “why don’t we make all of this stuff together?” She was on board, which made me kind of giddy for two reasons. 1) It’s always more fun to jump into a new endeavor with someone else so you can cheer each other on and 2) We split the cost. Bonus!!!

Here is what we either bought or already had:

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I plan on going into detail on the products in upcoming posts, but basically we purchased tried and true cleaning ingredients, such as borax and vinegar (of course!) and threw in a couple of essential oils.

The first and easiest thing we made was just a simple solution of 50% vinegar, 50% water and 10 drops or so of orange essential oil.

IMG_0878A quick handwritten label completed the cleaner!

We also made a laundry detergent and shower spray, but I am currently in the super secret testing phase so I won’t post details until I know how I like them. If you want to learn more about natural cleaning, there is an ever growing number of resources and a great place to start would be my Pinterest board!

Happy Cleaning! Happy Greening!

~Erin

 

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9 thoughts on “Spring Greening – Cleaning Green

  1. Pingback: Spring Greening – (Almost) Green Shower Spray! | Neaten Your Nest

  2. I have to confess I have been using the chemical version of cleaners. After reading your blog i am inspired to follow your tips and I will definitely check out your Pinterest board. Thank you so much! ~Thea

    • Thanks Thea! It was actually fun to make the cleaners and I’m already noticing a difference in a couple of ways (posts coming soon!). And I know that ultimately it will be healthier and cheaper for my family!

  3. For about a year I only used vinegar and bicarb soda to do all my cleaning. This was for frugal reasons. Then one day I started using a chemical mould killer in the bathroom and all the other chemical cleaners slowly crept back in. Someone close to me has just died from cancer and it is making me re-evaluate my home and how ‘safe’ it is from chemicals and toxins. I’m going to be making the shift to chemical-free again – and going organic / unprocessed with our foods. It’s great to see encouraging posts about green cleaning…just wish there was something natural that really got rid of the mould stains on the ceiling of my bathroom. I look forward to checking out your pinterest board for more inspiration.

    • I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I’m glad you are now evaluating the things around you to create a safe and healthy environment for you and your family. Have you tried using a vinegar/ water solution on the bathroom stains? I have read it has natural mold killing abilities, especially when used to prevent mold and not just kill it. I have also read that borax has mold killing properties. Tea tree oil is also antifungal and can be mixed with water in a spray. I am planning on becoming more health conscious and ‘green’ with my food choices as well! Thanks for reading!

  4. I’ve been trying to make an effort to clean green in the past year or so, and vinegar is amazing! I’m excited to try your multipurpose spray, especially with orange oil… I can smell it already! 🙂

    • I’m excited to start being a little more ‘green’ too! One thing about the Essential oils is they tend to float to the top so give the spray a quick shake before you use it so you actually get to use the orange oil too!

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