Do you want to use cleaning products that help protect people, pets, and the planet, all while saving money?

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Learn simple and easy ways to make your own eco-friendly cleaners!

Benefits of Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products

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  • No harmful chemicals

  • Fewer allergens

  • No animal testing

  • Lessexpensive

  • Help protect our environment

DIY All-Purpose Cleaner

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All-purpose cleaners are super easy to make at home, cost pennies, and can be made using ingredients you probably already have on hand. Use them to clean glass, mirrors, or your countertop.

Mix these ingredients in a spray bottle:

  • 1 cup of white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda

  • 1 cup of water

Spray on the dirty surface and wipe dry with a rag or cloth.

DIY Laundry Detergent

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To make your own powdered laundry detergent, mix together:

Store in a lidded, reusable container. Use 1-2 tablespoons depending on the size of your load.

Quiz

Miguel wants to be even more sustainable while doing his laundry. What else could he do? Select all that apply.

DIY Floor Cleaner

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Vinyl/Linoleum Floors

Mix:

  • 1 gallon warm water

  • 1 cup white vinegar

  • 2-3 drops of olive oil

Wood Floors*

Mix:

  • 1/2 gallon warm water

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

*Be sure to test on a small corner to make sure this formula doesn't damage the wood.

Quiz

Gina doesn't need the entire amount of wood cleaner because her place is small. What should she do?

Take Action

Try one of these cleaning recipes this weekend! Share them with your friends, and be sure to check out this article for more sustainable DIY cleaning product recipes.

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