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Posted on Mar 10, 2014

Spring Into Green Cleaning

Spring Into Green Cleaning

The first days of spring bring warmer weather and a chance to open the windows to let the fresh air in. For many of us, this is also the time to complete a good spring-cleaning in preparation for the warmer days ahead. Before you reach for your stash of commercial cleaning products, consider this:

Most conventional cleaning products are packed with toxic chemicals and unnatural substances. These toxins pollute indoor air with every spray or use. They seep into air vents to circulate throughout the home, into the laundry as it is being washed and dried, and onto tabletops, windows, and surfaces as we wipe them down with everyday household cleaners. That’s not very clean at all!

This year make a commitment to take cleaner, greener approach to household cleaning. As we like to say here at Aquasana, it’s better for you and the environment. We found some amazing home recipes on for all types of household cleaning including glass, laundry and dishes. And now for the fun part: You can customize almost any homemade cleaning solution with a few drops of your favorite essential oil.


Reuse/Recycle Tip: Before you toss out empty spray bottles, save the sprayer. Sprayer bottle tops can be used on top of many other containers.

1. All Purpose Cleaner

1/2 teaspoon sodium carbonate

2 teaspoons borax

1/2 teaspoon liquid soap ( try Dr. Bronners 100% organic castile soap)

2 cups warm water

Essential Oil

Directions: Mix ingredients into a spray bottle (the spray bottle tops can be saved from store-bought bottles to be reused with your homemade cleaners) and shake well before using. Use filtered water for the best results. This cleaner is perfectly safe around children and will help keep the air you breathe clean.


2. Glass Cleaner

1 cup white vinegar

1 cup warm water

1/2 teaspoon liquid soap

Spray bottle

Essential Oil

Directions: Mix ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well before using. The natural ingredients in this cleaner will help keep your air clean, ensuring that you or your children are not breathing in the harmful fumes.


3. Laundry Detergent

5 ounces of shaved bar soap

1 cup borax

1 cup washing soda


Directions: Mix ingredients together in a blender to create a laundry powder. This detergent will help your clothes last longer and keep them looking newer longer. The harmful chemicals will also be gone, preventing them from seeping into your clothes, and again into your lungs.


4. Hand Dishwashing Soap- (Not for dishwashers!) 

5 ounces of shaved bar soap

1 cup liquid castile soap

1 cup washing soda

Essential oil

Directions: Mix the shaved soap flakes into boiling water and stir. Once dissolved, add washing soda and stir. Next, add liquid soap and once again, stir until dissolved. Let the mixture cool. Add essential oils for scent. This mixture will rinse away all residue and leave your dishes looking and feeling clean.


Fun. Clean. Green.

Spring cleaning doesn’t get any better than this!




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  5. Dr. Bronners is indeed very good if you want green cleaning. Your post is very well written and so helpful. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you!

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