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Make Your Own Green Cleaners

4/27/2011 4:48:02 PM

Tags: DIY cleaners, make your own cleaners, homemade cleaners, green cleaning, homemade cleaning recipes, DIY cleaning recipes, Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Robyn Griggs Lawrence thumbnailSherry and John Petersik have been sharing their adventures in renovating and living in a 50-year-old  Richmond, Virginia, home via their popular Young House Love blog since they bought the house in 2009. They’ve chronicled everything from refinishing cabinets to their DIY backyard wedding. In “Clean Up Your Act: All-Natural Homemade Cleaners,” Sherry taught me a few new formulas, and she’s letting me pass them along. (Kool-Aid is definitely a new ingredient for my arsenal!) As with any of these recipes, improvisation is always encouraged.


All Purpose Liquid Cleaner 

 1 gallon hot water 

1 teaspoon baking soda 

2 teaspoons Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap 


Dishwasher Detergent 

2 cups borax 

2 cups baking soda 

4 small packages unsweetened lemon Kool-Aid (or substitute ½ cup citric acid) 

Mix together and store. 


All-Purpose Spray  

2 cups water  

1/2 cup distilled white vinegar  

1 teaspoon pure castile soap (peppermint) 

3/4 cup hydrogen peroxide  

20 drops tea tree oil  

20 drops lavender essential oil 

Mix together in a 32-ounce spray bottle and store. 


Mildew and Germ Killer 

2 cups water 

25 drops tea tree oil 

25 drops lavender oil 

Spray on tile. Do not wipe off. 

baking soda 

Baking soda is a key ingredient in homemade dishwasher detergent and many other cleaners. Photo by Povy Kendal Atchison

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Linda Coonrod
5/18/2011 9:11:55 PM
My first comment for Mother Earth - Mahalo! Love the magazine and very happy for the on-line version. Keep up the wonderful work. Look forward to each edition.

B Knight
5/18/2011 3:12:18 PM
Very good... haven't tried the Kool-Aid for citric acid substitute before. I've used a number of other DIY cleaners such as: soft scrub, furniture polish, laundry soap, window cleaner, dish soap, and drain cleaner (when a plunger won't do). There are recipes for these products on this page..

Suzanne Horvath
5/18/2011 11:59:27 AM
Every few months, or at least twice a year, I run a couple of packages of cheap lemonade mix through an empty dishwasher - cleans all the mineral/soap residue off. Imagine what the lemonade mix is doing to your insides! ;o}

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