Take a look under your kitchen sink and how many bottles, boxes, and sprays of cleaning “stuff” do you have down there?
Three? Five? Ten? Just for the fun of it, I actually did this last year when I finally decided to get serious about using greene household cleaners.
I counted 9 different products under my sink! Everything from Windex and Clorox Wipes to Comet and Lysol; and that’s without me looking under our bathroom sink! Pretty much your typical collection of go-to cleaners for whatever crazy mess I may ever imagine to encounter in our home.
When I began finding green, frugal alternatives for cleaning and disinfecting our home, those nasty, toxic cleaners started disappearing, one by one. Would you believe it if I told you that you could replace everything under your sink with just a few non-toxic, cheap household products? Check out our green household cleaners below:
Green Household Cleaners
All-Purpose Cleaner & Disinfectant
A spray bottle with 50/50 solution of water and vinegar + a few drops of essential oil (tea tree or lavender)
Uses: counter-tops, stove-tops, floors, sinks, anywhere that could use a good wipe-down
Replaced: Clorox Wipes, Lysol, Swiffer Wet
NOTE: Don’t use this on marble/granite as the vinegar will eat away at it and may permanently etch the surface. See granite countertop cleaner below!
EDIT: I have also begun using my new and improved All-Purpose Cleaner 2.0! It’s great on laminate floors, windows, and stainless steel appliances! For the complete recipe, follow this link: Homemade Floor (And All-Purpose) Cleaner
Granite Countertop Cleaner
Though it’s tempting to use the all-purpose cleaner on your granite countertops, it should NOT be used since it contains vinegar, which can cause etching on the surface over time (lemon juice is also a no-no). So here’s what has worked for me:
Just fill a spray bottle with alcohol and a few drops of dish soap, then top off with water. For the complete recipe, follow this link: Homemade Granite Cleaner
Uses: granite counter-tops
All-Natural Anti-Bacterial Spray
A spray bottle with some water and a few drops of essential oils. For the complete recipe, follow this link: All-Natural Anti-Bacterial Spray. I just spray this on surfaces after I’ve cleaned them for extra disinfecting action. Mostly on bathroom surfaces – just spray and let air-dry.
Uses: kitchen and bathroom surfaces in need of extra disinfecting action
Replaced: Lysol Disinfecting Spray
Spray with All-Purpose Cleaner, sprinkle with baking soda, and a squirt or two of soap, then scrub with a sponge/brush, and rinse clean.
Uses: sinks, bath tubs, toilet bowls, stove-tops, anything that could use some scrubbing action.
Replaced: Comet, Scrubbing Bubbles
A spray bottle filled with 50/50 solution of water and vinegar, or
A spray bottle filled with 3 parts water and 1 part alcohol, or
My All-Purpose Cleaner 2.0 which includes water, alcohol, vinegar, and a couple drops of dish soap
NOTE: I just spray it on the glass/mirrors/windows, then wipe up with a microfiber cloth – and never get streaks!
One of two options:
For one or two items, I spray them with a 50/50 solution of vinegar/water, let them sit for a few minutes, rub them very well, then rinse with water.
For a bigger batch, fill a bowl with water and add 1/4 cup vinegar or peroxide + 2 tablespoons salt. Soak for 5-10 minutes then rinse very well
NOTE: Try to only wash what you will use immediately, otherwise, any remaining bacteria could start growing again.
Are you washing grapes? Check out my post on how to wash grapes the right way!
Just look at all the nasty stuff that will float to the top of the water:
Cutting Board Disinfectant/Deodorizer
After cleaning with soap/water, sprinkle with baking soda, then spray with undiluted vinegar. Let it foam and bubble for 5-10 minutes, then rinse with cold water. If you’re in a hurry, you can just wash it with some peroxide to quickly disinfect it. Finish it off with a nice scent by either rubbing it with half a lemon or using a spray bottle filled with water and 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil (natural disinfectant) – just spray it on and let it air dry.
Pour 1/2 cup baking soda, followed by 1 cup vinegar down the drain. When the bubbling stops, flush it with hot water. After about 5 minutes, flush again with cold water.
Replaced: Drain-O/Liquid Plumber
To clean your laminate wood (and tile!) floors with a streak-free shine, make up a solution of water, vinegar, alcohol, a few drops of dish soap and essential oils. View the full post here for the complete recipe: Homemade Floor (And All-Purpose) Cleaner. This also works great for stainless steel appliances and glass/windows!
Replaced: Pine-Sol & Stainless Steel cleaner
Rub light carpet stains with a mixture of 2 tablespoons salt dissolved in 1/2 cup vinegar. Let the solution dry, then vacuum. For larger or darker stains, add 2 tablespoons borax to the mixture and use in the same way.
Replaced: Resolve Carpet Cleaner
Dishwasher Detergent & Rinse Aid
Mix 1 cup each of borax and washing soda and 1/4 cup each of citric acid and kosher salt. Use 1-2 tablespoons in the detergent compartment. To give your dishes a spotless shine, add some vinegar to the rinse aid compartment.
Replaced: Cascade detergent & Finish rinse aid
Well, that’s my list of green household cleaners, and I’m sure I’ll be adding to it! So, who’s ready to kick out at least one commercial cleaner from under the sink and replace it with something on this list? Do you have any other recipes to add to this list? I’d love to hear from you