Green Home

It's spring cleaing time again, although you'd never know it here in Minnesota. It's supposed to snow today and/or tomorrow, which makes me question if global warming is happening at all. Ok, we all know that it is and I think that I can safely say that we all want to contribute to minimalizing our ecological footprint. One of the steps that I am phasing into our home is to go green with our cleaning products. I have in the past purchased Method brand products and quite like them but lately I've come across many options for homemade cleaning products that are not only kinder to our earth but much more affordable, and who doesn't like that? Plus, for those who have young ones or those with asthma in the family will like that these homemade cleaners are non-toxic and way less harmful than the store bought stuff.

One of my all-time favorite recipes for an all-purpose spray cleaner is the vinegar-water combo. Make your own by mixing one part white vinegar to two parts water in a recycled spray bottle. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil if you aren't partial to the vinegar smell and that's all you need for a non-toxic kitchen and bathroom cleaner.

For those tougher surfaces like bathtubs and stoves, mix together baking soda and just enough water to make a paste. Make just enough for your cleaning as the paste does dry out. Use this in place of products like Comet and Vim.

Small changes around the house will add up and contribute to becoming greener and providing an overall healthier home for our families. Treehugger has a great article here on going green with your cleaning and Eartheasy has more recipes for homemade cleaning products. And of course for us knitters, Treehugger has a short article on eco friendly yarn, which is being seen in more shops these days or online here.


~RaenWa~ said...

I never knew about the baking soda & water to make a paste but oh I am all over the vinegar & water it cleans great thanks for sharing the website...

Katherine said...

We've been doing that too! For one thing, my kids love to help me clean, and it would just be silly for me to say they can't because the cleaners are unsafe. ; ) And you gotta love the cheapness. We've been using up all the old cleaners and not replacing them and just yesterday Mark looked around and said, "We don't have any cleaners." Commercial ones, that is.