Greener Cleaners


Howdy hi everybody!

Let me start off by saying I KILLED it in the exercise department today. I climbed at The Rock Spot with Max this morning from 10-12, went home and did some “real work” for about 4 1/2 hours then went to Ocean State Health & Fitness – the gym I am a member at – with my close friend Aly who is in town for the week from 5-7. That’s a grand total of 4 hours of exercise today… WOOOOO! It feels nice. Then I conquered a bit more “real work” at home and now I’m here, snuggled in bed, blogging for you lovely individuals. If I’m sore tomorrow, we know why.

For this post, I would like to share with all of you how to make your own household cleaners. Exciting, yes? Okay, well maybe cleaning isn’t exactly exciting, but being able to make your own cleaning products is awesome because a) it saves you some dolla dolla bill$ y’all and b) you know exactly what is going into it, so hello being healthy to boot!
If you still aren’t persuaded… picture this: Mass Christmas Gifts! Last year I created a ton of variously scented and colored homemade bath salts and handed jars out to family and friends, maybe this year I will do cleaning products instead. It may not be as exciting as a sports car or as tantalizing as a cookie (which I will probably also make), but it’s non-toxic, green and useful… all of which I support.

I digress. First, let’s talk about what you should avoid in terms of cleaning:

  1. Chlorine
  2. Ammonia
  3. Formaldehyde
  4. Ketones
  5. Phosphates
  6. Hydrocarbons
  7. Hydrochloric Acid
  8. Phenols
  9. Artificial Fragrances

So yes. Avoid those ingredients at all costs, s’il vous plait. If you see a product with any of those listed, don’t buy it! Especially if you have young children, pets or simply value the air that you breath, which you should ;).

Now, for the recipes:
All-Purpose Cleaner: Combine 1/2 teaspoon washing soda, a dash of plant-based liquid soap and 2 cups of hot tap water in a spray bottle. Shake bottle until washing soda dissolves. Spray this on surfaces and wipe off with a sponge or rag.

Mold Killers: Combine 2 teaspoons tea tree oil and 2 cups water in a spray bottle. Shake to blend and spray this on problem areas. Do not rinse. If you have high mold levels, straight vinegar will also do the trick with many types.

Sink, Tub and Toilet Cleaner: Wet surfaces first, then apply a generous shake of baking soda. Scrub with a sponge/bristled brush. Don’t be afraid to also add some plant-based liquid soap for even more cleaning power. Be sure to rinse well.

Glass Cleaner: Combine 1/4 cup of white vinegar and a few drops of plant-based liquid soap in a spray bottle, filling the rest with water. Rub dry with a lint-free clothe.

… that’s all she wrote, folks! I do hope that you give at least one of these a try, even if it’s just to say you did it. Meanwhile, I am definitely about to hit the hay, 4 hours of working out is now starting to hit me. Sweet dreams, sugar plums.



About azuremarie

Bonjour, I'm Azure; a healthy dose of eccentricity best taken with a grain of salt. Most people describe me as sassy, and I like that. I love words, and think that anyone who can twist them in their mouth and make something beautiful come out is sexy and someone with whom I want to spend my time. I read a lot (bordering on too much), and am baller at boggle. I happen to be addicted to concerts/live music, and will listen to anything that can carry a beat, and even those that don't. I believe that being normal is boring, and love bright colors. I have a soft spot for animals, particularly dogs and horses, but I am beginning to be a cat person as well. Sometimes, I will admit that I like some animals better than some people - they're great listeners and don't judge. J'adore voyager. Someday I want to be able to look at a map of the world and say "I have been there, there, and there... and there", and have a memory attached to them all. I've recently begun to work at an organic juice bar, and diet/holistic health is starting to become a main passion of mine. I want to be able to experience our world, as well as help save it. Oh, and unicorns exist.

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