Make Your Own Green Cleaning Products

Keep your home clean and toxic-free with our most excellent green-clean ideas.

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The Ryan Homes Green Clean Kit

Most commercial cleaning products contain harsh fragrances and cleaning agents that give off toxic fumes. We like to make our own cleaning products. It’s easy, economical, and environmentally friendly. All good!

Live in the Green

New York is so much more than the Big Apple. Upstate cities offer opportunity, plus natural beauty. Never been to Syracuse, Rochester, or Buffalo, New York? New homes in these great towns offer affordability and a high quality of life. Who doesn’t want that, right?

What You’ll Need:
Empty Spray Bottles
Water
Club Soda
Baking Soda
White Distilled Vinegar
Lemon Juice
Natural Soap (Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap, for example)
Essentials Oils (Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Lavender, or Rosemary)
Old Rags or T-Shirts (Instead of Paper Towels)

Baking Soda Power
This cupboard powerhouse is our cleaning mainstay. Baking soda can clean, deodorize, and scour practically anything in your home.

  • For countertops, sprinkle baking soda over a wet counter to gently get rid of grime, without scratching.
  • Baking soda also makes a great natural oven cleaner. Create a paste by mixing baking soda and water, and let the mixture sit overnight. In the morning, just wipe clean.

Essential Oils
We’re all about essential oils. Not only are they natural disinfectants and cleansers, they smell terrific. Just add your favorite scent to water or club soda. Here’s how we do it:

  • Fill a spray bottle with water, a squirt of natural soap, and three to five drops of your favorite oil, for a great kitchen table cleaner.
  • For windows and glass, mix one quart of club soda, a cup of white vinegar, and 10–15 drops of lemon essential oil. Use newspapers instead of paper towels to avoid streaking.

Vinegar: Beyond Salads
Distilled white vinegar cuts grease, inhibits mold, kills bacteria, and many other viruses.

  • For wood floors, mix ¼ cup of white distilled vinegar with a quart of warm water and 15 drops of your favorite oil. Put in a bucket, dip in your mop, and you’re good to go.
  • Toilets and sinks clean up great with vinegar, too. Mix vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice (a bacteria fighter) and let the mixture sit in the toilet or sink for 10 minutes.

Ryan Homes Tip: Salt is super-effective outside the kitchen. Sprinkle salt between bricks or pavers where you don’t want grass to grow, and for killing weeds in your lawn.