More on Green Cleaning Recipes

Here is the latest from the Queen of Green quoted from the David Suzuki Foundation website:

“Each week, more Canadians try my favourite green cleaning recipes. (I’m flattered!) Here are my top tips for maximizing their effectiveness, gleaned from years of testing.

Whiten whites without chlorine bleach

  1. Ditch dinginess while still enjoying the benefits of my less toxic laundry soap:
  2. Always separate whites from darks and colours
  3. Hang clothes outside to dry — sunlight is an excellent bleaching agent!
  4. Add ½ cup of baking soda to each load
  5. Choose eco-friendly oxygen bleach (it’s diluted hydrogen peroxide)
  6. Treat stains with lemon juice

Forget dryer sheets forever

You can prevent static cling without using disposable, fragrance-filled dryer sheets:

  1. Always wash like fabrics together — don’t mix synthetics with natural fibres
  2. Add ½ cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle (not the wash) of your washing machine
  3. Hang clothes to dry — over-drying causes static and shrinkage (and nothing beats the smell of sun-dried laundry)

Got streaks and smudges on glass and mirrors from your DIY cleaner?

It’s likely there’s a crucial step you’ve overlooked. Before you switch to eco-friendly store-bought glass cleaner or making your own, remove the toxic gunk left behind by conventional products with a five per cent solution of hydrogen peroxide to water.

HE washing machine and dishwasher tips

My liquid laundry soap recipes work in HE machines. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for the correct amount, or experiment because it will depend on your water softness.

Boost the cleaning power of my all-purpose dishwasher powder by adding a teaspoon of citric acid (found at health food stores) per load and topping up your rinse dispenser with white vinegar.

What tips and tricks have you discovered to boost the cleaning power of DIY solutions?

Comment on this blog to be entered to win a bottle of glass cleaner by Aspen Clean and an accompanying microfiber cloth! (Draw date May 8th.)

Sincerely, Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green “

I hope you had time to check out and download her recipes.  If you did not have a chance yet here they are right here:

Liquid laundry soap

Use 1/2 cup per full load

7 l water

1 cup soap granules

1/2 cup borax

1/2 cup washing soda

20 drops essential oil (optional)

Add 1 l water and soap granules to pot. Heat until diluted.  Pour into pail with 6 l water, borax, and washing soda. Stir until dissolved. Add essential oil. Soap will gel as it cools.  For hard water, add more washing soda. To whiten whites, add 1/2 cup baking soda to load.


Borax-free liquid laundry soap

Use 1/2 cup per full load

7 l hot water

1 cup baking soda

1 cup liquid castile soap

1/3 cup coarse salt

Dissolve dry ingredients in hot water. Add soap and stir.


Powdered laundry soap

Use 1 – 2 tbsp per load

1 cup soap granules

½ cup borax

½ cup washing soda

10 drops essential oil (optional)

Combine dry ingredients. Stir in essential oil.

Tip To soften fabrics, pour 1 cup white vinegar into rinse cycle (not the wash cycle).

All laundry soap recipes work in cold water and he machines


Glass and mirror cleaner

Wipe with newspaper to avoid streaks

½ cup white vinegar

½ cup water

Pour into spray bottle.

Tip Before switching to this green cleaner, clean up the waxy residue traditional brands leave behind with a 5% rubbing alcohol-to water-solution.


Stainless steel cleaner

Removes smudges from stainless steel appliances

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp white vinegar

Drip olive oil onto rag. Rub surface to get rid of smudges.  Drip white vinegar on the other side of rag.  Wipe and let dry.


Furniture polish

Since wood finishes vary, always do a test patch

2 cups warm water

2 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp white vinegar (or lemon juice)

Pour into spray bottle. Shake well, spray, rub, and polish with rag.


All-purpose scour

A non-abrasive for tubs, tiles, sinks, etc.

1 2/3 cups baking soda

½ cup liquid castile soap

½ cup water

2 Tbsp white vinegar

Combine. Pour into squirt bottle and shake before use.  Rinse well.


All-purpose powder

As effective in dishwashers as it is on toilets

½ cup borax

½ cup washing soda

½ cup white vinegar

Combine dry ingredients. For toilet: sprinkle onto surface, scrub, and chase with vinegar. For dishwasher: add dry ingredients to soap dispenser and vinegar to rinse dispenser.


All-purpose spray

For tubs, tiles, counters, microwaves, floors, etc.

1 gallon hot water

½ cup white vinegar

½ cup liquid castile soap

1 Tbsp borax

10 drops essential oil (optional)

Combine all ingredients. Pour into spray bottle.

Remember all of these recipes and more tips on green cleaning are from the Queen of Green.  There are lots of blog posts going back a few years chock full of wonderful green ideas and green cleaning recipes galore.

Today’s “stone”  Day 123  green, green, clean, clean, sharing


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