WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER GREEN CLEANING

Warnings

– Never make a household cleaner in an old cleaning bottle. The ingredients could react with old contents.
– Avoid direct contact between pure essential oils and skin, eyes, or surfaces. They can harm you and remove paint or finish. Use a small amount and keep away from children and pets.
– When using a recipe, order matters. Always follow the directions to avoid soap clumping and other reactions.
– Borax can bother your eyes and is harmful if swallowed. Keep away from children and pets.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are an optional ingredient you can ad to make the recipes more effective. Different oils have different benefits. Some of these include: antiseptic, disinfectant, insecticide, insect repellant, and fungicide. These oils also have a great scent.

Avoid direct contact with skin. Use sparingly and only in diluted form. Some oils can ruin paint or other finishes. Some are not safe to use while pregnant — basil and pennyroyal.

The oils evaporate quickly, so tighten lid and tape shut if possible. Essential oils can be found online or at health food stores.

Antiseptic:
– Eucalyptus
– Lavender- Lemon
– Orange
– Peppermint
– Tea Tree
– Rosemary
– Thyme
– Juniper (cedar)

Disinfectant:
– Eucalyptus
– Lavender
– Lemon
– Orange
– Peppermint
– Tea Tree
– Thyme
– Juniper (cedar)

Bactericide:
– Eucalyptus
– Tea Tree
– Rosemary
– Thyme

Fungicide:
– Lemon
– Peppermint
– Tea Tree
– Rosemary
– Thyme

Insecticide:
– Eucalyptus
– Lavender
– Lemon
– Orange
– Rosemary
– Juniper (cedar)

Insect Repellant:
– Lemon – Orange
– Peppermint
– Tea Tree
– Rosemary
– Thyme
– Juniper (cedar)

Window & Glass Cleaner

1. Warm water
2. Vinegar

Fill a spray bottle one quarter of the way with warm water. Pour vinegar into bottle until three quarters of the way full, then cap and shake. Finish filling the bottle with warm water, then cap and shake.

Oven Cleaner

1. Baking soda
2. Water

Using a spray bottle, coat the oven with water. Sprinkle bottom of the oven with baking soda to cover, then dampen bottom of the oven with more water. Let it sit over night and scrub out stains. For the sides of the oven, make a paste with baking soda and water and spread all over.

Wood Floor Cleaner

1. Vinegar
2. Warm water

For mopping, pour 1 c. of vinegar in a bucket and add warm water. Or, fill spray bottle with 50/50 solution of vinegar and warm water. Spray on floor and wipe clean with a rag or mop.

Non-wood Floor Cleaner

1. Vegetable oil-based Castile soap
2. Warm water

Add 2-3 drops of the Castile soap in a bucket and fill it with warm water. Mop as usual.

Drain Cleaner

1. Baking soda
2. Vinegar

Pour 1/2 c. of baking soda into the drain. Add 1 c. of vinegar. The mixture will start to fizzle. Cover the drain with a plunger until the fizzing stops. Rinse with hot water and repeat if necessary.

All Purpose Spray Cleaner

1. 16 oz. spray bottle
2. Borax
3. Vinegar
4. Vegetable oil-based soap
5. Hot water
6. 2-3 drops of essential oil (optional)

Add water and 1 tsp of Borax in the spray bottle. Shake until the Borax is dissolved. Add 2 tbsp. of vinegar and shake again. Then add 1/4 c. of soap and oils.

Questions?

Call the Kent County Health Department at (616)632-6912 OR Call WMEAC at (616)632-7100