{Green Living} Make Your Own Eco-Friendly Household Cleaners


The ingredients in most of the more popular household cleaners today include harsh or toxic products that can harm the environment and you.  With the “green” revolution in full force these days, there are more and more non-toxic products being introduced.  I personally love the “Seventh Generation” products. These products smell great, come in recycled packaging and do a great job.  But if you are like me, a clean freak who purchases a lot of cleaning supplies, it can get a bit pricey. I recently read an article in Natural Home Magazine about making your own oven cleaner with products you probably have in your pantry.  This inspired me to make my own cleaners and share some of the recipes with you.  Simple items like lemons, olive oil and baking soda do the trick for getting out those stubborn stains and disinfecting the natural way.  I have compiled a shopping list and a few great recipes to get you started making your own cleaners! Remember, you can experiment with these ingredients to make your own custom cleaner just for your needs.

Shopping List:

  • Baking Soda
  • Lemons
  • Liquid Dish Soap ( Greenworks )
  • Lemon Dishwasher Liquid Soap ( Seventh Generation )
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Washing Soda ( Arm & Hammer all natural )
  • White Vinegar
  • Polishing Cloth
  • Sponge

For more information on natural cleaners, check out “Letting Nature Work for You”, by Jenn Flynn-Shon,  a fellow Eco Etsy team member.

Kim Johnson, xoxo


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  1. Thankyou so much! I have an oven that needs some serious attention. I will try this cleaner instead of that nasty spray stuff that makes your eyes water.

  2. Thanks everyone! I am so glad you like the first post, many more to come! If you have any ideas or tips for new posts let me know! I am all ears! Thanks!

    Happy Recycling!

  3. Excellent tips & the way you laid it out is soooo beautiful!!!

  4. And even the harsh products won’t clean a really tough oven. But pumice stone is amazing! (And good ol’ fashioned elbow grease.) Thanks for spreading the word about great alternatives.

  5. Great recipes. I look forward to trying them. Thanks!

  6. Hello Kim,
    Thanks for this wonderful post, I believe that it is so important to stop using harsh chemicals and toxins. Thanks for sharing.
    Smiles, Paula