Natural Cleaning Products, Environmentally Friendly (non-toxic and biodegradable), and SUPER CHEAP.  Most households will have a great deal of the ingredients used for these products in the pantry.  That’s right, most of the ingredients are food based, like baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil.  Some you may have in your first aid kit, like hydrogen peroxide.  Unless you are already making your own soaps and detergents, you may need to buy a few items, but once you buy them, you will always keep them on hand.

A good tip is to mark your containers well with not only the Product Name, but the actual recipe used.  That way you won’t need to look it up to replenish it.  You can buy all kinds of sticky labels at any office supply store and print labels from your computer to apply to the containers.  I reuse old spray bottles from commercial cleaners and just stick labels on both sides.  Make sure you wash out the old containers really well and spray clear water through the sprayers to clean out any old chemicals that may still be in the bottles and sprayers to avoid any contamination to your homemade solutions.  I don’t throw away any plastic containers anymore, I reuse them for storage of all kids of things.

This page will give tips on using common products you probably have on hand to replace commercially produced cleaners and household products that have harsh chemicals that are bad for the environment, for your health and for your pocketbook.  Recipes for homemade will be updated as I find a new recipe and test it.  You will find these products work as well (and in some cases better) than the commercial products and will save you huge amounts of money.  You’ll be doing your part to help mother earth, your health and that of your household.  Not to mention it’s fun to create these products and gives great satisfaction when you see the results.  

We plan to reuse gray water (showers, sinks, washer) to irrigate our garden and it is very important not to put anything into the garden that is not biodegradable and that would be toxic if absorbed by the veggies!  Therefore, it i essential to me to eliminate all commercial household chemicals from use.  I have searched and researched alternatives for cleaning solutions and laundry detergents and the amount of information out there is incredible!  Do a Google search on “homemade laundry detergent” and they are everywhere.  It is up to you to find the one that best suits your needs and your tastes.  You can add essential oils to your detergent to add fragrance and there are a ton of those out there too!  It is about getting back to basics and I can’t talk the talk if I don’t walk the walk.

Although there are numerous “green” products now available commercially, the sad fact is, if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, how do you really know what is in it?  Not to mention they are typically 20-30% more expensive than their chemical counterparts just because they say they are “green” or “all natural.”  If you make it yourself from items you KNOW are all natural, you will have peace of mind in that knowledge.  YOU WILL ALSO SAVE A TON OF MONEY in the process!

First, Bleach is being eliminated from my arsenal.  It really isn’t necessary and frankly it smells aweful!  For cleaning, I’m using good old water for the base for almost everything.  Distilled white vinegar as a cleaning ingredient  for almost all my household cleaners.  For the tougher jobs an addition of a few teaspoons of liquid soap and/or baking soda will do what most commercial products do for a fraction of the cost and much less hazardous for you and the environment.  For Laundry, bluing will be used for whites instead of bleach.  Again, it’s non-toxic and biodegradable.  Amonia is also a no no.   Again Distilled White Vinegar will be the replacement.  It is amazing how versatile this simple food is!  Vinegar and baking soda are cheap, non toxic and pack a heck of a wallop on dirt.

Now I know some of you germaphobes out there are saying “But what about killing germs and bacteria?”  Part of the reason we are getting these super strains of bacteria and viruses is because they have become immune to the chemicals we use AND because we have been using them for so long, we have lost our immunity to fight them.  A few germs around are actually a good thing.  Your body is an incredible machine.  It was built to build immunities and fight them all by itself.  Eliminating germs completely will actually hurt you more than help you.  Your body can’t build immunity to something it has not encountered.  You are leaving yourself very susceptible to germs and viruses if you are using antibacterial agents constantly.  Do yourself a favor and use vinegar where you have typically used bleach.  Simply by cleaning you are eliminating a majority of the germs and what is left behind may actually help you more than you think.  Hot water is also a pretty good bet, too!  Washing your hands with regular soap and water (don’t forget to sing “twinkle twinkle little star” while you are scrubbing)-it has been proven that if you scrub with soap for 60 seconds it gets rid of the germs as effectively as antibacterial soap.  Instead of killing them, you are simply washing them away.

Laundry Alternatives

Click on the above link to go to the page to get information on:

  • How to Eliminate Fabric Softener
  • How to Eliminate Bleach
  • How to soften your water
  • How use your dryer to heat in winter and in summer save energy
  • How to keep your closets and drawers smelling fresh
  • How to make your own homemade laundry detergent

Dishwashing Alternatives

Click on the above link to go to the page to get information on:

  • How to make your own Foaming Dish Detergent
  • Very good and CHEAP Rinse Aid for your Dishwasher
  • Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

General Cleaning

Click on the above link to go to the page to get information on:

  • Homemade Furniture Polish
  • Homemade All Purpose Cleaner
  • Homemade Fabric and Room Refresher

Lower that Grocery Bill (and eat better than ever)

Click on the above link for information on:

  • Buying in Bulk and the savings you will get
  • Buying a whole sirloin tip and carving it
  • Storage (invest in a freezer and a pantry)
  • Natural Pet Remedies

    click on the above link to view information on these topics:

    • Flea Remedies
    • All Natural Dog Food Additive



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