Crafting Your Own Personalized Green Cleaning Supplies

Do you have a jug of white vinegar in your home? If so, prepare to have your mind blown over how many different ways you can use this champion workhorse of the green cleaning movement. If not, get thee to the store on the double and purchase the largest bottle you can find. Many big-box retailers and grocery chains now sell specially branded household cleaning strength vinegar in large bottles.

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Vinegar is an amazing inexpensive non-toxic product that you can use for everything from sterilizing your bathroom to killing weeds in your garden. Here are just a few of the great ways you can put vinegar to work in your home:
  • Add vinegar to your dishwasher to break down bacteria lurking from your loads of dishes, kill funky smells and enhance performance while leaving your dishes sparkling clean. Pro tip: you can do the same with your washing machine to leave it looking brand new. Adding some vinegar to your regular wash cycle will help kill nasty germs lurking on your clothes as well.

 

  • Pour vinegar down clogged drains to break down blockages and get your wastewater flowing properly again.
  • Soak your shower head in vinegar to remove years of built-up gunk left behind by hard water.
  • Scrub your shower, toilet, and sinks in a diluted vinegar mixture (recipe below!) to disinfect and leave sparkling clean.
  • Spray a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water on your windows, mirrors, and countertops to achieve a perfect clean without any streaking. Pro tip: for quartz, marble and hardwood surfaces, you’ll need a more diluted vinegar mixture. Use 1 part of vinegar to 5 parts of water to achieve germ-killing greatness while protecting delicate surfaces.
Now that you’re a convert to vinegar, check out the amazing items you can mix it with or add to your diluted solutions to accomplish even more green cleaning tasks.
Essential Oils Add Functionality While Enhancing Germ-Killing Green Cleaning
The world of essential oils is incredibly broad, filled with more companies and scents than you can imagine. Whether you invest in a starter kit that brings a dozen or more EOs into your home or you choose to buy individual formulations, you’re making the right choice bringing these amazing supplies into your home. Let’s check out which oils you should be using in your green cleaning solutions.
  • Lemon EO: a few drops of antiviral and antibacterial lemon essential oils into your vinegar solution to scrub your floors, polish your wood or sanitize the air you breathe. Pro tip: lemon essential oil is notthe same as lemon juice.
  • Lavender EO: this antibacterial liquid will add the most delicious scent to your home while partnering with vinegar to accomplish all of your household cleaning.
  • Peppermint EO: antibacterial peppermint can help clean but may serve a more important purpose in your home: mix a dozen drops with distilled water and spray around the perimeter of your home, paying special attention to cracks, to deter pests from invading your space.
  • Tea Tree oil: use tea tree oil in your bathroom as a scent you diffuse or mixed with your diluted vinegar to heighten your germ-killing abilities. Your bathroom is second only to your kitchen as the germiest room in your home. Tea tree oil serves multiple functions, freshening and disinfecting your air as well as your solid surfaces.
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The One Vinegar Recipe You Can’t Miss
Now that we’ve discussed the many uses of vinegar plus some of the top essential oils to use around the house, it’s time to bring it all together in the one vinegar recipe you can’t miss. It’s extremely easy to make while also being super cost effective compared to any other cleaning substance.
  1. In a large empty spray bottle, add equal parts vinegar and water. This mix is the most effective when it’s fresh, so only make as much as you’ll use in today’s cleaning session.
  2. Choose the essential oil from the list above that most suits your current cleaning tasks and add at least a dozen drops to your vinegar/water mix. If you’ve prepared a large mix, increase the number of drops you use accordingly.
  3. Swirl around in the spray bottle to mix thoroughly.
  4. Clean!
It doesn’t take a tremendous amount of time, money or talent to become a lean green clean money-saving machine. Just grab a bottle of vinegar and some reusable rags, add in your extras as desired, and you’ll be ready to tackle even the hardest household cleaning chores.

Written by greenlivingguy

The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from: # Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions) # Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman # Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel # Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky # Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley # Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke # Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley # Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea # and more green living books to follow.

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