I’ve been pinning up DIY home stuff on Pinterest for months now, and to further sort my goodies I thought it would be fun to do a “best of green cleaning” post today from all I’ve found & tried! Get ready to ditch your Windex and embrace the world of green cleaning with the likes of baking soda, vinegar, lemons and essential oil!
If you are anything like me, the thought of cleaning your oven if horrific because it involves the scent of a thousands poisons combusting in the same spot you cook your food. I know, so gross! You will be thrilled to know that The Daily Green has a solution: a paste of baking soda and water brushed onto the entire interior of the oven and left to sit overnight. Scrub off with steel wool and a towel to have a sparkling oven sans home fumigation!
Apartment Therapy has this awesome little post that will change the condition of your bathroom tiles forever in a very green manner.
I am a humongous fan of this DIY aromatherapy linen spray from the fabulous One Good Thing By Jillie.
- 1 tsp. lavender essential oil (or your favorite scent)
- 1/4 cup unflavored vodka (acts as an emulsifier and helps the solution dry faster)
- 3 1/2 cups filtered water
add to a spray bottle with a fine mist and shake before using each time!
Creatively Domestic has solved my search for whiter clothes without OxyClean….Homemade OxyClean!
HomeMade OxyClean straight from Creatively Domestic:
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
- 1/2 cup baking soda
Mix together and soak laundry in it for 20 minutes to overnight and then wash as usual. Or you can just skip the water and pour the peroxide and baking soda directly into the wash with your laundry soap and wash as usual
Mother Nature Network features tons of Green Cleaning DIY‘s and I dig the simplicity of an all purpose cleaning spray. A little white vinegar added to a spray bottle full of water. A few drops of essential oil (or lemon rinds work beautifully!) masks a bit of the vinegar scent!
Come join me on Pinterest & get in on the DIY mayhem I am pinning! & Happy *green* house cleaning!!! xoxo Dana
My daughter introduced me to your Blog! I am so excited about what you are doing!! We were also excited about the essential oils that you are using.. Of course I believe they are the best essential oils on the planet… :0)
I just subscribed to your blogs, so I am looking forward seeing what you have everyday.
Thank you for posting this- with my oldest child with Asthma; using more natural approaches to cleaning my home has helped tremendously.
This is amazing to hear! xoxo
Can you tell me how to use the clothes brightener in a upright HE washer? Would I put the hydrogen peroxide in the soap dispenser and the baking soda in with the clothes? I don’t believe an upright allows you to fill the drum with water and open the door to add detergent.
I wish I knew! Thats a question for google~ 🙂
Hi Dana! I find all the knowledge you give us invaluable! Thank you!!!!
I wonder where I can find the tree essential oils of pine, cypress,fir, etc and the
diffuser. Another question is, since I have in my garden cypresses and pines, is there a way I can use their leaves myself at home , like putting them in hot water or whatever else… Thank you !!!
You may want to check out Living Libations oils for these tree essences. Young Living also makes good ones!!!
Please caution your readers not to mix the vinegar and peroxide together!