Living Green

Trying to live an eco-friendly life. 

Green Cleaning: I make a lot of my own cleaning supplies and I have found some recipes that I really love.  Here are some useful ones I have found on various websites.    

I also have a blog, where I have a green living link to other things we have done to be more earth-friendly.  

Laundry detergent:


1/3 bar Fels Naptha or other type of soap, as listed above

½ cup washing soda

½ cup borax powder 

You will also need a small bucket, about 2 gallon size

Directions: Grate the soap and put it in a sauce pan.  Add 6 cups water and heat it until the soap melts.  Add the washing soda and the borax and stir until it is dissolved.  Remove from heat.  Pour 4 cups hot water into the bucket.   Now add your soap mixture and stir.  Now add 1 gallon plus 6 cups of water and stir.  Let the soap sit for about 24 hours and it will gel.  You use ½ cup per load.

Powdered Laundry Detergent

1 cup grated Fels Naptha Soap, ½ cup Washing Soda, ½ cup Borax.  Mix together well and store in a container.  Use 1 tbsp. per load

Other tips:

Add baking soda to the wash cycle to freshen and whiten clothes.

Use vinegar in the rinse cycle to get rid of residue and soften clothes. 


All Purpose Spray:

Spray bottle, Vinegar, Water, and Dr. Bronners, or eco-friendly dish soap

Directions: Fill a spray bottle with ½ water and ½ vinegar solution, add 1 tbsp. soap and 10-15 drops of tea tree oil (if desired for disinfectant). 

Dishwasher detergent:

Mix and use per load: 1 tbsp. borax and 1 tbsp. baking soda or make a lot of it and use 2 tbsp. per load.  Use vinegar in the rinse cycle.

Oven Cleaner:

Baking Soda, Water, Eco-friendly dishsoap

Directions: Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, cover the grime with baking soda, then sprinkle some more water over the top.  Let sit overnight and then wipe off the grease the next day.  After you get off what you can, dab some soap on the remaining residue and clean with a sponge. 


Soft Scrub:

Baking Soda, Vinegar

Directions: mix the two together unti you get a frosting like consistency.  Use with a sponge or damp cloth.

Window Cleaner:

Spray bottle, Water, Vinegar, and Eco-friendly dishsoap or Dr. Bronner’s

Directions: Mix 2 cups of water with 3 tbsp. vinegar, and ½ teaspoon to a spray bottle.

Furniture Polish:

Glass jar, Olive oil, Vinegar or lemon juice

Directions: Mix ½ teaspoon of olive oil with ¼ cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice.  Use a microfiber cloth to wipe down furniture with the mixture. 

Floor cleaner:

Vinegar, Water, Dr. Bronners

Directions for wood floors: Mix 1 cup vinegar in a bucket of water and immediately dry floors.  Directions for other floors: 1 cup of vinegar and a few drops of Dr Bronners in a bucket of water. 

Toilet Cleaner/Deodorizer:

Baking Soda, Vinegar

Directions: Sprinkle the toilet bowl with ¼ cup baking soda. Drizzle with ¼ cup vinegar, then scour with a toilet brush. 

Drain Cleaner:

Baking Soda, Vinegar, Boiling water

Directions: Pour a few cups of baking soda into the drain and follow it with a good amount of vinegar.  Let sit for 15 minutes and hen pour a pot of boiling water down the drain. 

Garbage Disposal Refresher:

Lemon, Ice

Directions: Run a cut up lemon or handful of ice down the disposal.