Since these products are as harmful to the environment as the grime they are meant to get rid of, I’ve started making my own all-purpose cleaner from all-natural ingredients. Here’s a recipe I like taken from the book, Green Clean.
1 tsp borax
1 tblsp castile soap
1/8 cup distilled white vinegar
2 cups hot water
5 to 10 drops of essential oil
Mix all the ingredients and pour into a 16-ounce spray bottle.
I’ve made a couple of batches of this cleaner and really like it. You have to use a little more elbow grease to rub away spills, but nonetheless it cuts grease and leaves my counters clean. I think this cleaner is cheaper than buying a “green” cleaner at the store because some of the ingredients, such as castile soap, borax and vinegar, can be bought in bulk and then used in multiple cleaning recipes.
So my Thrifty Green Thurday tip of the week is to make your own all-purpose cleaner. Click here for more tips.