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The Green Mama’s 4 Ingredients (& Recipes) to Green Cleaning

4 Ingredients to Clean Green
Have you ever read the ingredients on the back of your store bought kitchen cleaner or bathroom spray?  It’s kind of scary to see all the chemicals you are releasing in to your home each time you clean your house.  It doesn’t have to be that way, though!  Truth to be told, making your own natural cleaners is SUPER easy and very inexpensive.  All you really need are 4 main ingredients:

White vinegar

Baking soda


Borax powder


Once you have them, you are ready to go.  Here are 4 awesome natural cleaner recipes to get you started.  Perfect for all the spring cleaning that’s probably on your agenda!


All purpose Cleaner
Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.  Shake it up and you’re ready to clean.  The only surface I wouldn’t use it on is marble.

Rug Deodorizer

Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet or rug.  Vacuum after 30-40 minutes.

Scouring Powder
Pour 2 parts baking soda, 1 part salt and 1 part borax powder in to a jar.  Cover the jar and shake to mix.  Lightly wet the surface you want to clean with water.  Sprinkle powder on and let sit 10 minutes.  Scrub with a brush until clean and then rinse with water.

Glass/Window Cleaner

Combine 1/3 cup vinegar, 1 tsp of your favorite liquid soap and 2 cups of water in to a spray bottle.  Shake and you’re ready to clean!

Recipes and photo by The Green Mama reader  Carly Fauth

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