Green Greening Supplies for a Healthier Home


I love to clean. Even as a little girl, I was helping mom with dishes and asking Santa for sock organizers. Cleaning house is a way to invite fresh air in, let go of excess waste, and make everything smell lovely again. For me, there really is nothing better than a newly tidy house that smells like lavender, lemon and clean laundry (except maybe the views form a hiking trail in Kauai or a newborn baby.)

Cleaning up should mean getting rid of trash and dirt without adding to your toxic build-up. That’s why it’s important to choose green cleaning products. Green products contain no dyes, perfumes, harsh synthetics or toxic ingredients. They are never tested on animals like many of the popular big store brands are, and there are a ton of great brands to choose from! There are also simple recipes that you can make with ingredients you probably already have on hand in the kitchen, like lemon, olive oil, vinegar and baking soda. Hopefuly this post will inspire you to replace any traditional synthetic products with gentler, more natural alternatives.

My personal favorites are:

Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
Dr. Bronner’s Castille Soap
Mrs. Meyer’s ANYTHING (loving the Basil scent)
(Gosh, if these two ever had a baby – it would be the PERFECT home cleaning brand.)
Seventh Generation
Melabrite
Zensuals home fragrances

in this photo: Organic Housekeeping book

Green Cleaning Recipes:

Window / Mirror Cleaner
4 tbspn white vinegar
2 cups water
½ tbspn castille soap
TIP: you can also add in a bit of rubbing alcohol for more cleaning power or a few drops of citrus or lavender essential oil to cut down on the scent of vinegar
Add all ingredients into a spray bottle, shake gently and srapy on windows. Remove with newspaper or paper towels (preferrably when the sun isnt it’s brightest – morning or evening work best)

Tile and Tub Alternative
(a great alternative to Srubbing Bubbles or Soft Scrub)
2 cups baking soda
½ cup Castille Soap or Sal Suds
5 drops eucalyptus or tea tree essential oil
Make a paste with the castille soap and baking soda, then add in tiny amounts of water until you get the paste consitency you want. Add in essential oil, and start scrubbing!

Wood Cleaning / Polishing Oil
¼ cup tspn olive oil
1 or 2 tspn lemon juice
Blend ingredients in a small bowl or bottle and apply to wood with a fabric cloth.

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