Green Spring Cleaning: Stock Your Arsenal With These 15 Things!

Before you tackle this years’ spring cleaning, we here at Perfect Shine have compiled some tips and tricks to help make your efforts a little bit easier AND greener. Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing recipes to tackle every kind of household mess you can think of.

Don’t worry making your own household cleaners is easy! And not only is it better for the environment, but DIY green cleaners are easier on your wallet and protect your health! To get started you’ll need to get together some basic supplies:

  1. Liquid Castile Soap – Try Dr. Bronner’s version of this magical soap. This stuff is amazing, and really does have at least 18 different uses (from shampoo to toothpaste to cleaning your counters)! It’s available in a variety of scents ranging from sweet almond to citrus to tea tree oil.
  2. Baking Soda – Eliminates odors and works as a gentle scouring powder.
  3. Salt – A disinfectant, astringent, and abrasive.
  4. Cornstarch – absorbs oil and is also a thickening agent.
  5. Distilled White Vinegar – A cleanser, deodorizer, and grease cutter.
  6. Club Soda – Removes stains and polishes.
  7. Lemon Juice – A nontoxic bleach, grease-cutter, and stain remover, oh and did we mention it smells great! Read our post about some great recipes to clean your home with lemons here.
  8. Borax – Eliminates odors, removes dirt, and acts as an antifungal and disinfectant. However, be sure to use with care around your children and pets (it can be toxic if swallowed).
  9. Olive Oil – Aside from being delicious with bread and on salads, olive oil makes a great furniture polish.
  10. Essential Oils – Some good ones to start with are tea tree (it has antiviral and anti-fungal properties), lemongrass (it has antibacterial properties), and eucalyptus (it has antibacterial properties) oil.
  11. Vitamin C & Aspirin – Mild acids and exfoliants.
  12. Reusable Spray Bottles – to store your cleaners! Try reusing spray bottles from your old cleaners if you want to save some money (you could always make your own labels), or you can opt for new recycled spray bottles like these by Full Circle.
  13. Glass Jars w/Lids – Save empty glass jars, or buy new ones (if you must) for storing some of your cleaners and scrubs.
  14. Cloth Rags & Towels – Again save some money by using old towels and clothes, or there are a multitude of options for reusable cleaning cloths. You could replace paper towels with reusable cloths by Skoy (available here). They are biodegradable and have the cleaning power of  60+rolls of paper towels.
  15. Stuff for Mixing Your Concoctions – Old Measuring cups, spoons, mixing bowls, a funnel, a sauce pan with lid, and an old blender or egg beater. It is a good idea to have a separate set for making your cleaners, or you can clean the ones you use for cooking really, really well. Try picking these things up at your local thrift store or yard sale to save money!

Equipped with an arsenal of these green cleaning ingredients, you’ll be ready to handle just about any mess thrown your way. Next we’ll be sharing our recipe for a mighty all-purpose cleaner. Do you have any ingredients or suggestions to add to our spring cleaning arsenal? Share them with us!


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