When choosing and using commercial household cleaners, many of us forget that whatever we pour down our drains ends up in our water supply, reservoirs, oceans, rivers and groundwater where the chemicals released pose serious threats to marine and wildlife. In addition to our outdoor environment, the toxins in typical commercial cleaners also pollute our indoor air and in fact, our own bodies. It is an "out of sight, out of mind" mentality we have adopted in which we think whatever we wash down our drains or throw away is "gone". The truth of the matter is, whatever is washed away or thrown away never really GOES anywhere, it is simply moved from one place (our homes) to another place on our planet (our waterways or landfills). So it is for those reasons that I created this page back in 1997. It was a labor of love during which I taught myself basic HTML code (having no web creation software to do it for me back then). After weeks of learning HTML, designing the page and researching and compiling the "recipes", it was finally ready for it's web debut, being one of only a scant handful of green pages on the web. Since then, many new green sites have emerged and I am very encouraged by the new surge in the environmental movement.
So here it is, my original collection of favorite environmentally friendly natural cleaning formulas,
concoctions and witches brews. Most are safe and nontoxic, with a few exceptions which are clearly noted. Use the ingredients listed below when making your own alternative cleaners, most are inexpensive and you probably already have many of them in your kitchen cupboards. All can be found at your local supermarket, natural food store or drugstore. Used individually or combined, these cleaners are safe, effective and cost-efficient.These cleaners are safe for the environment and for our bodies.
BAKING SODA (sodium bicarbonate): An all-purpose, non-toxic cleaner.
Cleans, deodorizes, removes stains and softens fabrics.
BORAX (sodium borate): A natural mineral that kills mold and bacteria. An alternative to bleach, it deodorizes, removes stains and boosts the cleaning power of soap. Please note safety precautions at the bottom of this page.
CASTILE and VEGETABLE OIL BASED SOAPS Safe, gentle, effective non-petroleum based cleaner
CORNSTARCH Starches clothes, absorbs oil and grease
HERBS and ESSENTIAL OILS: For disinfecting and fragrance
LEMON JUICE Cuts through grease and removes perspiration and other stains from clothing. A chlorine bleach alternative.
SALT (sodium chloride): An abrasive
TOOTHPASTE A mild abrasive
VINEGAR (acetic acid): Cuts grease, removes stains and is an excellent water softener.
WASHING SODA (sodium carbonate): Cleans clothes, softens water, cuts grease and disinfects. Increases the cleaning power of soap.
To save time and money, make your cleaners in advance and buy the ingredients in bulk for cost savings and to avoid excess packaging.
Make large batches of the recipes and store them in reusable airtight plastic containers and spray bottles. Using a pretty spray bottle or container makes cleaning days more fun and pleasant.
Label all of your ingredients and keep them out of reach of children. While most of these all natural cleaners are not poisonous, some can be harmful or even fatal if swallowed by children or pets. See specific safety precautions where noted.
Add your favorite essential oils or herbs to any of these formulas for fragrance
PLEASE NOTE: This page was created in August 1997 and it is the original Clean and Green: Natural Homemade Household Cleaners formerly located at http://www.geocities/Heartland/Prairie/8088/clngrn.html. The following website has copied this page word for word, including the title at: http://www.geocities.com/zuni53/ While imitation is the highest form of flattery, it should be noted that this page is copyrighted and indeed was published in a book I authored. In addition, my page was featured in magazines in the late 1990's.
Created on a PowerMac G5
Copyright by Loretta Wallace, August 1997-2009, all rights reserved.
This website and/or individual pages may be freely linked to but databases and original illustrations/images and concepts may not be copied without express consent of Loretta Wallace.
Last updated: 5 October 2009