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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Making Earth-happy cleaners!

Cleaning Day!

Ours is on Tuesday, and I've been working to incorporate the boys more and more into the actual's slower but it sure is fun.

Since I have the kind of guys in my house who insist on licking the windows, eating off the floor, and rolling around all over the place, I am pretty picky about cleaners. When they're zerberting the window pane for the 10th time today, I just like to know they are not licking off a good dose of neurotoxins or endocrine disruptors. And I want the boys to be able to clean alongside me (without fear of them growing a third arm.) It's not so much to ask, is it?

I used to buy expensive non-toxic formulas for the house, but lately we have really enjoyed learning to make our own earth-friendly, kid-friendly cleaners.

These are some of our favorite recipes...and they work!

All purpose cleaner
2 Tbs. Baking Soda
1/4 C. White Vinegar
A squirt of Castille Soap (Dr. Bronner's is good, and the lavender flavor is most excellent.)
A few drops of essential oil (Tea Tree oil is the best antiseptic, but Orange Oil is also good and much happier on the nose.)

Glass cleaner
2 tsp. white vinegar
1/4 Gallon hot water
3 drops of essential oil (citrus oils are great for cutting grease - lemon or orange)

Toilet cleaner (mix on spot, it doesn't store, and the sizzle you get is big fun for the kids)
1/4 C. baking soda
2 C. White Vinegar

Dishwasher Detergent
Mix equal parts Baking Soda and Borax, and store in a jar
Use 1Tbs per wash
Fill the "rinse aid" of the dishwasher with white vinegar

This proved a great way to get my boys interested in cleaning. After watching the vinegar and baking soda fizz up all science-experiment-style, I even got one to scrub toilets...ha!


  1. Thanks for sharing your recipes!

  2. LOL - I love that you got your son to scrub the toilet - Hum I wonder if it would work on my 24 and 25 year old!! LOL

  3. I am already making dish and laundry detergent. Thank you for your multi-purpose and toilet cleaner recipes. I am excited to clean with them. Never thought I would be excited to clean:)