DIY Recipes

DIY Green Cleaning Recipes from Lisa Bronner

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Castile soap spray:

  • 1 quart water
  • ¼ c. castile soap
  • Spray bottle

Fill the spray bottle nearly to the fill line with water.  Add castile soap, whichever variety you like.  Shake gently.  Spray surfaces and wipe with a damp cloth.

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Glass Cleaner:

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray bottle

Combine equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle.  Use this on interior glass – mirrors, shower doors, or interior side of windows.

For dirtier exterior windows, clean first with the Sal Suds All Purpose Cleaner.

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Method 1: Sal Suds with optional baking soda and/or vinegar

  • 2-3 Tbsp. Sal Suds for a large load


  • ½ c. baking soda added to the wash cycle;
  • ½ c. vinegar added to the rinse cycle

Method 2: Liquid Castile soap and vinegar

  • 1/3 c. liquid castile soap in the wash water
  • ½ c. vinegar in the rinse cycle

 Note: For HE machines, cut all these amounts by half.

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  • Hot water
  • ½ Tbsp. Sal Suds
  • 25 drops (1/4 tsp.) Tea Tree essential oil (optional)

Fill a bucket with the water.  Add the Sal Suds and the tea tree oil, if desired.  Dunk your mop in and then squeeze out thoroughly. Mop.  No rinse is needed.

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All Purpose Scouring Powder:

  • Baking soda

Clean an old spice jar, dry thoroughly and fill with baking soda.  Sprinkle this on surfaces that need extra scouring power, such as a kitchen or bathroom sink.

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Soap Scum Remover:


Method 1: Dissolve with Vinegar

  • 1 c. Vinegar
  • Water
  • Spray bottle

Add 1 c. vinegar to a quart spray bottle.  Fill the rest of the way with water.  Spray scummy surfaces thoroughly and let sit for 5 minutes.  Rinse with hot water.

Method 2: Scour with baking soda

  • All purpose Castile Soap Spray
  • Baking soda

Spray the scummy surface with the All Purpose Castile soap spray.  Sprinkle with baking soda.  Scrub with a washcloth and rinse with hot water.

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Drain Deodorizer:


  • 1/2 c. baking soda
  • 1 c. vinegar
  • 2 qts. almost boiling water

Pour baking soda down the drain, pushing in as much as you can with your fingers.  Pour vinegar over this, and hold a washcloth over the drain to keep the reaction in the drain.  Let this sit for several hours or overnight.  Pour almost boiling water down the drain.

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Garden Pest Spray:

  • water
  • 1 Tbsp. castile soap,
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper/garlic/cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 qt. Spray bottle

Fill the spray bottle with water first.  Then add the soap and spice.  Shake well.  Spray the affected plants thoroughly, especially the underside of the leaves where bugs like to hide.  Do this in the early morning and in the evening so that the hot sun doesn’t dry the spray immediately.

Indoor Ant spray variation – Use the Tea Tree Castile soap and leave out the spice.  This is a highly effective spray.

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