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Natural Cleaning

Green Cleaning, Non-toxic Cleaners, Natural Cleaning Supplies and Green Cleaning Recipes

Natural cleaning in your home is simple, safe and healthy for your family and the environment. It can also save you money. This green cleaning guide will show you how to naturally clean most of the surfaces in your home.

This guide includes easy, homemade green cleaning recipes for natural oven cleaner, natural indoor and outdoor window cleaner, natural mirror cleaner, natural sink and bathtub cleaner, natural toilet cleaner, natural linoleum cleaner, natural copper cleaner, natural drain cleaner, natural countertop stain removal, natural kitchen linen stain removal, and a natural all-purpose cleaner. It also includes tips for natural air fresheners in your home.

Although making your own homemade natural cleaning recipes is preferred, sometimes there will be times when you may need a green cleaning product. For those times, Sage recommends purchasing natural, non-toxic cleaning products from preferred green companies. Visit the Cleaning section of Sage’s Green Shopping Directory for environmentally responsible companies that offer natural cleaning products, citrus oil degreasers, biodegradable laundry soap, natural dish soap, natural fabric softener, chlorine-free bleach, wooden drying racks and more.

Dirty ovens are less energy-efficient.

If you have a busy lifestyle, you might also consider a natural cleaning service. Sage offers a Natural Cleaning in the Seattle area, and you can find other natural cleaning services in our Green Shopping Directory under Natural Cleaning

To get started making your own homemade natural cleaning recipes, all you need are a few basic items:

  • Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Murphy’s Oil Soap or Castile Soap
  • Salt
  • Lemon
  • Cleaning Cloths

For natural cleaning cloths, you can use washable old cotton shirts, tea towels and tee shirts rather than paper or synthetic products. Some other good natural cleaning tools are cellulose sponges, feather dusters, natural bristle brushes and brooms, natural fiber mops, and newspaper.

For natural air fresheners, wipe surfaces with natural oils such as tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus or lemongrass, or place organic flowers in open containers around your home.

Be sure to shred and compost these items when they are no longer usable. For more information about the items you can compost and how to get started composting, please visit Sage’s Green Living Guide about Composting.

Natural Oven Cleaner

  • Baking Soda
  • Water

Combine one cup of baking soda with enough water to make a paste. Apply it to your oven surfaces, and let it stand a short while. Use the scouring pad for scrubbing the surfaces. A spatula or bread knife is helpful for getting under large food deposits. This recipe will require some elbow grease, but it is not toxic to you or a child. Try spot cleaning your oven regularly. Dirty ovens are less energy-efficient. Do not use this cleaner on self-cleaning ovens.

Natural Window Cleaner and Natural Mirror Cleaner

  • vinegar
  • water

Pour 1/4 cup of vinegar into a spray bottle and fill it to the top with water. Spray it on the surface. Rub it with sheets of newspaper or a a lint-free rag. For outdoor windows, use a sponge and wash with warm water with a few drops of liquid liquid soap in it. Rinse well and squeegee dry.

Natural Sink Cleaner and Natural Bathtub Cleaner

  • Baking Soda
  • Murphy’s Oil Soap

You can use baking soda in place of scouring powder. Sprinkle it on your porcelain fixtures and rub with a wet rag. Add a little soap to the rag if you need more cleaning power. Rinse well to avoid leaving a hazy film.

Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaner

  • Baking Soda
  • Murphy’s Oil Soap

Sprinkle baking soda inside the toilet bowl as you would any type of scouring powder. Add a couple of drops of Murphy’s Oil soap. Scrub with a toilet bowl brush, and finish the outside surfaces with a rag sprinkled with baking soda.

Natural Linoleum Cleaner

  • vinegar
  • water

In a bucket, mix 1/2 cup of vinegar in warm water and mop. The vinegar odor will go away shortly after the floor dries.

Natural Copper Cleaner

  • lemon
  • salt
  • vegetable oil (optional)
  • water

Sprinkle salt on the cut side of half a lemon, and rub it on tarnished copper to polish it. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with water afterwards or it will corrode. If you’d like a shiny appearance, apply a little vegetable oil with a cloth and rub. Do nor use this cleaner on lacquered finishes.

Natural Drain Cleaner

  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Boiling Water

Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down your drain, then pour down 1/2 cup vinegar. Let it fizz for a few minutes. Then pour down a teakettle full of boiling water. Repeat if needed. This recipe will free minor clogs and help to prevent future clogs. If the clog is stubborn, use a plunger. If it is very stubborn, use a mechanical snake.

Natural Countertop Stain Removal

  • Lemon
  • Baking Soda
  • Water

Reduce stains on countertops by allowing lemon juice to stand on the stain for about 30 minutes. Then sprinkle baking soda over it and scrub gently.

Natural Kitchen Linen Stain Removal

  • Lemon

Remove stains from white kitchen linens by dabbing the stain with lemon juice. Then hang the fabric in the sun.

All-Purpose Cleaner (for spots on linoleum, tile, and woodwork)

  • Murphy’s Oil Soap

Add a drop of soap on a wet washcloth and rub briskly. A washcloth will last longer and create less waste than a sponge.

Natural Air Freshener

  • Ventilate. Open your windows, extractor and ceiling fans.
  • Place crushed fresh herbs or organic flowersin open containers.
  • Burn essential oils.
  • Wipe surfaces with natural oils such as lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus, and lemon grass.

If you have a great natural cleaning recipe, please share it with our Sage readers by writing to Sage.

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