Green Alternatives to Household Cleaning Products on a Budget

At we’ve created a list of green house cleaning products to help you keep your home spotless and environmentally friendly while staying within your budget. Some of these are commonly known uses for vinegar and rubbing alcohol that you’re probably familiar with already. However, we’ve also found some innovative ways to use rice, tea, salt, and several other household items. Additionally, we’ve found some recipes for commonly used cleaning solutions that you can make using only natural products you are likely to have at home already.

Unexpected Green Living

These are sure to keep you living green on any budget. This list includes white bread, ketchup, oatmeal, rice, tea, glycerin, club soda, hydrogen peroxide, cornstarch, and rubbing alcohol. You can probably find all of these ingredients in your home already. You could use:

  • club soda shines stainless-steel sinks and appliances
  • cornstarch can clean up grease on carpets
  • glycerin to get dried wax drips off of candles
  • hydrogen peroxide disinfects keyboards and computer mice
  • ketchup for removing tarnish from brass and copper cookware
  • oatmeal to scrub dirty hands
  • rice for cleaning the inside of thin-necked bottles and vases
  • rubbing alcohol will erase stains from permanent-markers
  • tea to clean rusty garden tools
  • white bread to dust paintings

Living Green Home Detox

Using some basic recipes, you can combine ingredients to create different cleaning solutions. Some very common household ingredients in these recipes are:

  • baking soda
  • borax
  • distilled white vinegar
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • lemons
  • salt
  • vegetable oil soap (Castile)
  • washing soda

These simple ingredients can clean sinks and tubs, deodorize your refrigerator, clean and freshen drains, remove mold and mildew stains, clean toilet stains, cut through grease, scour your oven, remove lime deposits, and banish odors from your kitchen and bathroom. Best of all, these basic ingredients can be combined to make a variety of cleansers:

  • All-purpose cleaner and disinfectant (water, vinegar, washing soda, tea tree essential oil, lavender essential oil)
  • Lemongrass dust cloths (water, vinegar, lemongrass essential oil, dust cloths, lemon peel)
  • Creamy nonabrasive cleaner (borax, vegetable oil soap, lemon essential oil)
  • Pre-vacuum carpet freshener (dried lavender flowers, baking soda, lavender essential oil, rose geranium essential oil)

Non-Toxic Green Living

There are various homemade substitutions for common cleaning products. Formulas for making green cleaning supplies at home will often include this list of basic ingredients:

  • baking soda
  • borax
  • citrus solvent
  • cornstarch
  • isopropyl alcohol
  • lemon
  • soap
  • washing soda
  • white vinegar

The baking soda is used in cleaning products that deodorize, scour, or soften water. Many people may recall seeing borax powder in the laundry detergent section of their supermarket and wonder what it is used for. Borax (sodium borate) can be used to deodorize, clean, disinfect, and soften water. It can also be used to clean wallpaper, floors, and painted walls. Also, when mixed with honey or peanut butter, it can be a great pesticide to control ants.

Next on the list, citrus solvent can be used to clean oil or grease spills and stains in addition to paint brushes. Cornstarch is great at polishing furniture, cleaning windows, and shampooing rugs or carpets. Isopropyl Alcohol is a very good disinfectant, although it should be used in moderation. You can use the acid found in a lemon to defend against mold and bacteria. The soap is used in liquid form, as flakes, as a powder, or as a bar. Natural soap is biodegradable and it can clean almost anything in your house.

The washing soda (SAL Soda or sodium carbonate decahydrate) is a mineral that is great at cutting through grease, softening water, removing stains, and cleaning sinks, walls, tiles, and tubs. Lastly, white vinegar can also cut through grease, remove odors, remove mildew, cut through wax build-up, and clean some stains. These ingredients form the basis of several green household cleaners:

  • Air fresheners
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Aluminum cleaner and polish
  • Brass or bronze cleaner and polish
  • Carpet stain remover
  • Chopping block cleaner
  • Chrome cleaner and polish
  • Coffee and tea stain remover
  • Copper cleaner and polish
  • Deodorizers
  • Dish-washing soap (not for dishwasher machines)
  • Dishwasher soap (for dishwasher machines)
  • Disinfectant
  • Drain cleaner
  • Fabric softener
  • Floor cleaner and polish
  • Furniture polish
  • Laundry detergent
  • Lime deposit remover
  • Mold and mildew remover
  • Mold stain tub, and tile cleanser
  • Mothballs
  • Oil and grease spot remover
  • Oven cleaner
  • Paint brush cleaner
  • Rust remover
  • Scouring powder
  • Shoe polish
  • Silver cleaner and polish
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Tub and tile cleaner
  • Wall and painted surface, mark remover
  • Wall sticker remover
  • Wallpaper remover
  • Water rings on wood
  • Window cleaner

That’s a long list of cleaning supply recipes using only green ingredients. These green alternatives to household cleaning products are sure to keep you on budget and living green.

The folks at learned a lot as we compiled this list of green alternatives to household cleaning products. We found some great ways to keep our own homes clean and stay within our budgets and hope that you found this information useful too. Together we can live green and save some money in the process.

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