DIY 101: Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips for Your Home

Posted by | August 17, 2018 | Household Tips | No Comments
Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips for Your Home by Natural Cleaning Services Whittier CA

Natural and green cleaning products are a new way to make your house spotless while maintaining it safe, non-toxic. In your pantry, there are some items like baking soda and vinegar are excellent cleaners and cheap.

Here are some safe ingredients that you can use for your homemade green cleaning solutions.

Baking Soda

One of the trusted cleaning agents, baking soda cleans, deodorizes, and scours. This works best on proteins, grease, and animal messes. Because it’s slightly abrasive, it can be used for scrubbing—and, of course, it’s a natural deodorizer.


Unscented soap in liquid form—along with powders, and bars—is biodegradable, eco-friendly, and will clean just about anything. Castile soap is one example of an outstanding, all-around cleaning ingredient. Don’t forget to avoid using soaps that may contain petroleum distillates.

White Vinegar

Use white vinegar to cut grease; remove mildew, odors, and some stains; and to prevent or remove wax build-up. This mild acid works on alkaline substances, dissolving scale, inhibiting mold, and cutting soap scum. It’s terrific for stains such as coffee, rust, and tea.

Washing Soda

Washing soda, or SAL Soda, is a mineral that is made out of sodium carbonate decahydrate. It cleans grease, removes stains and cleans walls, tiles, sinks, and tubs. You must use with care since washing soda can irritate mucous membranes and do not use on aluminum.

Vegetable or Olive Oil

Olive oil is more than being a healthy cooking oil. It’s also a cleaning tool that can nourish surfaces and loosen stains, grease, and grime. Use in homemade wood polishes.


Alcohol is an excellent disinfectant. However, some safety concerns with isopropyl alcohol (also known as rubbing alcohol) make other forms of alcohol the more careful choice. Vodka is a strong odor remover, and different types of ethanol (grain alcohol) can be used for cleaners and disinfectants.

Citrus Solvent

Citrus solvent cleans paint brushes, oil and grease, and some stains. But beware, a citrus solution may cause skin, lung or eye irritations for people with multiple chemical sensitivities.

Oxygen Bleach

Oxygen-based bleach (usually made from sodium carbonate and peroxide) delicately removes stains, whitens fabric, and has some applications in household stain removal. Many familiar brands of oxygen bleaches have some added (and less benign) chemicals, so it’s best to look up the brand before working with it.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide is a common disinfectant used to treat wounds, but you can also use it to disinfect your kitchen or bathroom. It has a mild bleaching effect that makes it an excellent stain remover for grout and fabrics. Although it may cause any skin or respiratory irritation, so handle with care and be cautious.

To get you started, here are a few recipes, techniques and benefits of green cleaning!


In a spray bottle, combine 1/4 cup of vinegar with one quart of water. Spray the solution on the glass and use an old newspaper or lint-free cloth to wipe clean.

Countertops and bathroom tiles

To create the mixture, mix two parts of vinegar, one part of baking soda and four parts of water. Then, apply with a sponge to scour and wipe away any filth on your countertops or tiles.


With a gallon of hot water, pour four cups of white distilled vinegar in a bucket. If you want to add some scent, you can add a few drops of lemon oil or pure peppermint. The smell of vinegar will disappear after damp mopping the floors and leave the scent of the oil behind.

Wood furniture

Combine one part of lemon juice and one part of olive and oil. Apply a small amount to a cloth and rub onto the furniture with long and even strokes.

Toilet bowl cleaner

Sprinkle baking soda on your toilet brush and scrub away. You can also disinfect your toilet by cleaning with borax instead, then wipe the exterior of the bowl with straight vinegar.

To make sure that your home is shining and spotless, hire a professional house cleaning service. You can always ask them if they use green cleaning service and eco-friendly cleaning products. Let’s help save the earth by using environment-friendly products.

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