Home-Made Green Cleaning Products

by Kimberly Davis Guerra

Make your own green cleaning products from a few ingredients found in the pantry!

Laundry Soap (my fave!)

  • 4 cups of baking soda
  • 3 cups of washing soda
  • 2 cups of soap flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of essential oil (lavender, lemon, grapefruit are common)

Combine all ingredients & mix with a whisk

Use an 1/8c per load; low sudsing action – safe for high efficiency machines

All Purpose Cleaner

  • 1c white vinegar
  • 4c water
  • 1/4c fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp essential oil

Mix in a spray bottle and use as all around cleaner

Tub Scrub

  • 1c baking soda
  • 1/4c water (enough to make paste)
  • 1/4c coarse salt
  • Mix and store in a jar with lid
  • Wood cleaner
  • 1/4c olive oil
  • 4 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Mix in a spray bottle; store in the fridge and shake before using

Granite Counter Top Cleaner

  • 1/4c rubbing alcohol
  • 3 drops castille soap
  • 1c water

Mix in a spray bottle and use with microfiber cloth

Drain Cleaner

  • 1/2c baking soda
  • 1/2c white vinegar
  • 1 gal boiling water

Pour baking soda down the drain; gradually pour the vinegar down the drain. Let fizz and dissolve. Follow with the boiling water. Wait 30 minutes & repeat if necessary


Don’t want to make your own, but want to stay on the ‘green’ side? Then pick up any of the cleaning products at any of the (10) Whole Foods Market located throughout Greater Houston. You are guaranteed to find products that will live up to your standards and keep your family and home healthy and clean in the process.

Want to win a gift basket of some of Whole Foods Market’s most popular cleaning supplies? Enter to win at www.HoustonFamilyMagazine.com/contests

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