Spring cleaning…the earth-friendly way

Since there are so many things we can’t easily control in the environment, I try to cease any opportunity to limit exposure to harmful chemicals.  I’ve been purchasing safer cleaning products for a long time and use a variety of DIY options.  This season I am kicking it up a notch and making a collection of my own cleaning products that I will share with you, dear reader.

First gather up the following items:

  • spray bottles
  • mason jar with holes in cap
  • water
  • white vinegar
  • baking soda
  • isopropyl alcohol
  • essential oils (lavender, eucalyptus…)
  • citrus fruit
  • castille soap (ex. Dr. Bronner’s)


Bathroom Spray

This works great on tile, showers, and glass. 


All Purpose Spray

This mix is effective but gentle to use on almost any surface – stone, furniture, floors…


All-Purpose Scrub

Mix these 2 into a mason jar shaker as a scrub for bathrooms and sinks. Let sit for 10 minutes and then scrub away.  Also works great as a carpet freshener.  Let sit for an hour and then vacuum. 


Disinfectant Spray (safe for granite)

This mixture is a great follow-up to the All-Purpose Spray.  Spray and let sit for 3 minutes then wipe.