Published on January 14th, 2014 | by Sandy Cornell

Cut out Chemicals with these 5 Green and DIY Household Cleaners

After moving a handful of times over the last few years, I’ve definitely found myself settling into my new home, hopefully for the long haul. The boxes are unpacked (well, most of them – I hid the rest in the basement!), the kitchen is stocked and everything is slowly but surely finding its rightful place. In fact, organizing and cleaning my new abode has quickly become somewhat of a, let’s just say, fascination.

I received a package of all-natural, store-bought cleansers as part of a ‘Welcome Home’ gift. This kind gesture created somewhat of a green machine. Plus, they got me experimenting with my own brews of environmentally friendly household products. If you’re feeling up for a little DIY, here are a few of my favourite simple recipes using everyday pantry essentials. Bonus: You’ll spend mere pennies on these eco alternatives!

All-Purpose Cleaner

A combination of white vinegar and baking soda will tackle most kitchen and bathroom surfaces. For pleasant, fresh scent, add lemon juice to the mix. Or, to polish or wipe tougher stains, create a paste using vinegar and salt.

Glass Cleaner

Combine equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Bonus: For a streak-free shine, polish with crumpled, old newspaper.

Wood Furniture Polish

First wipe down with a damp, soft rag. Then liven up surfaces with a mixture of olive oil and vinegar (or the juice of a lemon!). The acidity will cut grease, while the oil conditions.

Drain Cleaner

Pour ½ cup baking soda and ½ cup vinegar down your clogged drain. Let the solution sit for a few minutes before following with boiling water. Repeat, if necessary, to clear pesky blockages.

Screen Cleaner

Wipe down computer monitors and TV screens with the same coffee filters you use for your morning brew. Unlike paper towels, filters will erase dust without leaving a trail of lint and residue.

Well, there you have it! Did these tips inspire you to get a little greener with your cleaning? Do you have any eco-friendly alternatives you’d like to share? Feel free to let us know in the comments section below!

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