Cleaning Products

We use green products when we clean because they are economic, effective, and non-toxic. We encourage students to do the same. Two ways you can do this are in selecting environmentally-friendly cleaning products and collaboratively purchasing them with those around you to reduce consumption and waste. You can also make your own cleaning products in small batches from common household items. Some simple recipes are listed below.

With just a little bit of effort, you can make your own cleaners out of natural ingredients.
Here's a few to try out:

All-Purpose Cleaner
1 2/3 cups baking soda
1/2 cup liquid castile soap
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp vinegar
16-oz bottle with flip-top cap
Mix baking soda and liquid soap with a fork in a bowl. Add water. Add vinegar last. Pour into squeeze bottle; if too thick, add more water. Shake well. Use for tub, sink, toilet, counter, etc. Scrub and rinse.

Mirror and Window Cleaner
Club soda
Spray bottle
Put club soda into a spray bottle. Spray on surface and rub with lint-free cloth or squeegee.

Scouring Powder
Baking soda
Liquid castile soap
Wet the area you want to clean, sprinkle baking soda over it and rub with a wet rag. Add soap to the rag if you need more cleaning power. For toilets, sprinkle baking soda into the bowl, add a few drops of soap and scrub!

Oven Cleaner
1/4 cup baking soda
2 Tbsp salt
Hot water
Remove any charred spills and chunks with a non-metallic brush or sponge. Mix baking soda, salt, and enough hot water to make a paste. Apply to oven surfaces and let stand for a few minutes or overnight. Scrub with scouring pad and water. Peek the paste off any oven racks and heating elements! Another good trick is to line the bottom of your stove with aluminum foil.

If these have piqued your interest, here are a few more samples of recipes you can use.