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August 17, 2011

DIY: Cleaning Supplies

When I think about living an organic lifestyle, my first consideration is the food that we consume. My husband and I eat organic chicken and dairy and vegetation, when possible. We try to avoid BPA and we drink water from a filter in our refrigerator instead of buying unnecessary water bottles. But lately, I’ve been think about the chemicals that I allow, even welcome, into my home without realizing it—in the form of cleaning products. I want to eat chemical-free food, but I’m cleaning my kitchen counters with a chemically-based solvent. Doesn’t make sense, right?

In a search for homemade cleaning products, I came across a post by Francesca Clarke on DIY Life. Here are a few recipes that she shared:

All-Purpose Cleaner

1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons borax
4-5 drop orange or lemon essential oil (citrus cuts grease)
2 cups hot water

Combine and use in a spray bottle.


Sink Cleaner

3 tsp Lemon juice
3 tbs Cream of Tartar

Combine to make a paste that you rub on your sink and rinse off.


Toilet Bowl Cleaner

2 tbs baking soda
1 tbs olive oil
3-4 drops essential oil (optional)

Pour the ingredients into the toilet bowl and scrub with a brush.


Window Cleaner

1/4 cup vinegar
2 tbs lemon juice
Approx. 1 tbs dish detergent (liquid)

Combine ingredients and use in a spray bottle.


It’s just nice to know what’s actually IN your cleaning products. Agreed? These products are not only healthier for your family, but they seem more budget savvy, as well.

Do you have any recipes or tips for cleaning products?

Enjoying the Good Life,

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