Green Clean

How to make your own natural cleaners for every part of your homestead.

Self-sufficiency and cleaning go hand and hand. Don’t use those store bought cleaning products that are chock full of toxic chemicals–make your own natural cleaning products for a fraction of the cost.

General Purpose Castile Soap

The base for a number of different kinds of cleaning products, Castile soap is one of the simplest forms of soap to make and is incredibly versatile. A big reason that I included this here is that many “natural” green recipes call for the inclusion of dish soap or store bought Castile soap. As a homesteader, I think it’s important to know how to make as many ingredients from scratch as possible. Click here for a basic recipe from Northwest Edible Life.

Citrus Vinegar

Solution for everything. This extra simple concoction is awesome for cleaning just about anything you can think of, especially surfaces like countertops and windows. Save your orange and lemon peels in a large jar and add just enough white vinegar to cover them. The citrus oil and vinegar combination create a powerful and clean smelling cleaner that cuts grease and dirt like a dream. For extra anti fungal anti microbial action not to mention a relaxing fresh scent, add a few drops of lavender oil. Eventually the citrus peels start breaking down, I recommend straining your mixture and discarding your old soft peels periodically.
These are my to favorite natural cleansers. Honestly, with these in my arsenal I hardly use anything else. For really tough dirt, I’ll make a paste with baking soda and water and let it sit in whatever I’m cleaning for awhile before I use my citrus vinegar. The reaction between the vinegar and baking soda breaks down hard to get dirt super fast. However, there a many more useful natural recipes out there. Check out this graphic from He and She Eat Clean
Even small changes can make a big difference. Reduce your footprint by using natural green cleaners. Homemade cleaning products don’t pollute with harsh chemicals and are yet another way of maximizing the sustainability of your homestead. There are many variations to these basic recipes that you can use to make custom cleaning products that are just right for your needs. Essential oils, herbal tinctures, and other additives can add not only scents but medicinal and other properties to your cleaners. Experiment and have fun!

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