With DIY green cleaning recipes this easy, you'll be whipping up your own in no time!
With all the information out there these days, it’s hard to keep things straight when it comes to what’s “healthy”, “Clean”, “green”, and chemical-free.Labels can be so deceiving! Cleaning and household products are no exception, and there are a million options out there. When it came time to clean up my own act, I wanted to start in the kitchen and bathrooms where most of our daily mess is made. I went back to basics and found out that there are extremely simple ways to get a sparkling clean home without all the grocery aisle drama.
Here are four seriously easy (and effective) DIY green cleaning recipes to get you started!
Countertop Multi-Purpose Cleaner:
The real hero here is Castille Soap, which has been used for decades (and Giada loves it, too!). The label tells you all you need to know about diluting.
Use this on: countertops, surfaces, granite
-1 16 oz clear spray bottle
-⅛ cup castille soap
-5 drops Lemon essential oil (optional; make sure there is no “citric acid” in the formula as acid can harm granite countertops over time)
I order glass spray bottles by the half dozen on Amazon at my house so that each room that needs cleaning has one (kitchen, bathrooms, laundry, etc.). For this countertop cleaner I put in the ⅛ cup Castile soap and filled the rest with water. I then used about 5 drops of essential oil. The essential oil is optional, but lemon oil specifically gets anything gooey and sticky off in seconds, plus the smell is uplifting.
Spray this on any stone, glass, or plastic surface and let sit for about three minutes, then wipe off with a clean dish towel.
Grout is tricky because it holds onto everything, but is hard to notice in your day to day life. I mark the calendar for quarterly deep cleaning on the grout in our house. This works well for floor tiles too, that have a harder grout than say your bathrooms.
Use this on: kitchen grout, bathroom grout
-Castile counter top cleaner (above)
-Baking soda (I use about a teaspoon per square foot of space)
-Natural bristle brush
Spray your multi-purpose cleaner onto the desired grout section you are tackling, and then sprinkle baking soda onto it. Let sit for about five minutes, then scrub with your bristle brush and rinse with water. If it is a vertical surface, like backsplash, you can make a paste using some of your multi-purpose cleaner and some baking soda, adding more and more cleaner until a consistency similar to that of wet sand forms, then work that into the surface and let sit for a few minutes before working again and rinsing off.
Greasy Pan Cleaner:
I am the queen of wanting to ignore greasy or burnt pans because they can be so stubborn! With this mixture, I swear you will never feel bullied by another greasy pot.
Use this on: stainless steel pans, ceramic pans or dishware (note, do not use a steel scrubber on ceramic, instead use a gentle toothbrush)
-Lemon essential oil (optional)
Pour a small amount of vinegar onto your pan (about 2 tablespoons for a baking pan) and then cover with a generous dusting of baking soda, followed by about 4 drops of lemon essential oil. Let sit for 5 mins, and then work off with steel scrubber, without water. Once you feel you’ve gotten most the grime off, use warm water to rinse and scrub off any final remnants.
Smelly Sink Cleaner:
The most simple solution in green cleaning belongs to a smelly sink. This will change your life, seriously! The best part? You only need one simple ingredient!
Lemon essential oil
If you have a garbage disposal, simply chop up some lemons (I do this with used lemons after using any of their juice in a recipe), and put them through the disposal. If you do not have a garbage disposal, sprinkle some lemon oil into your sink, and wipe down with a clean, wet dish towel. Voila! All done!
With green cleaning, the more simple the better. Although it may seem like a chore at first, if you make your DIY products once, you’ll use them for months, and you won’t regret it.