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My Green Goal for 2013

I've been working on eliminating chemical cleaning products from our household. Why? Well for a couple of reasons. All of the
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research I've been doing while I write for Thirsties has really helped grow my appreciation for the less-expensive, earth-friendly alternatives that I already keep on hand. Now that I've expanded my knowledge about anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial products such as Tea Tree Oil, grapefruit seed extract and colloidal silver, not to mention my staples of white vinegar and baking soda, I've got just about every base covered from cleaning the kitchen, to wiping down the leather couch and getting rid of the ring around the tub. I've just given myself a challenge: not to buy a single commercial household cleaning product between now and 2013. The mad-scientist in me likes the idea of mixing my own "potions," adding a drop of this and a dab of that and experimenting with my own concoctions. I've already started buying both baking soda and vinegar in bulk. My very favorite thing about natural cleaning products is that their ingredients can be used for so many other things around the house--from cooking to cleaning and treating cuts and scrapes. As I was searching for a recipe for homemade dish-soap, one of the few things I've yet to figure out on my own, I came across a really great website called The frugally sustainable homeowner herself (Andrea) says "100% of her cleaning needs are met with the following products:" Borax Baking Soda Super Washing Soda White Vinegar Castille Soap **essential oils Here is Andrea's recipe for liquid dish-soap, or rather, her daughter's.  One thing that I just recently realized is that I love my dishwasher. I mean, I love my dishwasher so much that I just wrote a whole blog about it. Can I possibly make my own dishwasher detergent? Because otherwise I'll be making an exception to my Green Goal and I haven't even started yet! Give me a minute. Ok, I'm back and  guess what??  I found a recipe on I have to make a big trip to the grocery store but this is going to be fun. Now I just need a some beakers and white lab coat and I'll be ready to get to work on my first batch of cleaning products and detergents. I'll let you know how it goes.
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  • Great goal, Elizabeth! One of my favorite books is Country Ways and Wisdom. It has cleaning recipes, gardening tips, beauty recipes, etc.. It also has beautiful photos which make it all the better. Thanks for the links!


    Sonya on
  • We started doing this as well! So much easier, and lasts longer than any of that store bought stuff. Most of the time I find it also cleans better! 3 cheers for cleaner safer products!

    Kathi on
  • Awesome tips! Thanks so much.

    Krystal on
  • Oh man! I totally need a cleaner for our leather couch as well! My 13 month old has pen all over it! haha Thanks for an inspiring post! I’ll check out the links you provided. :)

    Cassie Webster on
  • I don’t know if this counts but I buy Sal’s Suds by Dr Bronners. My All Purpose cleaner is a teaspoon of Sals Suds to 32oz of water and some EO. My Dishwasher liquid is 2oz of sals with 5oz of water in a foamer bottle. I do buy method wood floor cleaner for the wood/bamboo and tile/lanolin/marmolin i use 24oz water, 2oz ACV, and EO.

    I do buy laundry soap and dishwater soap.

    Sierra on

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