Tackle it Tuesday- Greening Up Your Cleaning Routine

by Jennifer Sikora

Tackle It Tuesday

This post was submitted by Pam Howard.

One way to help the environment as well as keep your house clean (and save money too!) is to make your own cleaners.

Sound scary and difficult?  Luckily, it’s not at all.  In fact, each of these cleaners takes less than five minutes to make, and uses a few simple ingredients.  You’ll quickly discover that it takes you more time to actually CLEAN than to create your arsenal!

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

This is an especially fun one for kids.  It provides a satisfying show every time you clean the toilet!

¼ cup baking soda

8 – 10 drops tea tree oil

¼ cup white vinegar

Simply drop the ingredients into the toilet bowl in the order listed.  There will be a crazy fizz as soon as the vinegar hits the baking soda.  Let it bubble for a few minutes and then scrub with a toilet brush.  The tea tree oil is a natural mold and mildew killer, so don’t leave it out!

Furniture and Stainless Steel Polish

¾ cup olive oil

Juice of ½ a lemon

1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

3-4 drops lemon essential oil

Mix your ingredients together in a little bowl or jar.  Use a microfiber (or cotton) cloth, and rub into the wood or stainless steel.   You may need to wipe it off if it doesn’t all absorb quickly, but it will still leave your wood clean and shiny.

Floor Cleaner

¼ cup white vinegar in a gallon bucket of water

5-10 drops lavender, lemon and tea tree oil

Mix ingredients well and use to mop floor.  The lemon is antibacterial and the tea tree fights mold and mildew.  The lavender adds a lovely smell.

And finally, no list of homemade cleaners would be complete without my favorite window cleaner:

Window and Mirror Cleaner

1 cup white vinegar

1 cup distilled water

8 drops lemon essential oil

Mix all ingredients well in a spray bottle.

Hopefully you feel encouraged to give some of these a try. Don’t feel overwhelmed –how about starting with just ONE this week and see how it goes?  Just imagine down the road getting rid of your closet full of chemical-laden cleaners and using a few natural products instead.  A wonderful vision, isn’t it?

Pam Howard is a Certified Holistic Health Coach who loves helping busy women create the vibrant, happy and healthy life they desire!  She also enjoys sharing her passion for Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils with her Oil of the Month club and frequent oil education sessions.  Pam can be found at http://www.behealthybehappywellness.com

Calling All Tacklers!

We’re looking for YOU – guest bloggers to post about your own tackles right here. If you are interested in showing off your tackles (we all need some tips and ideas!) then contact us . Thanks for your inspiring tackles!!

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Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the Linky below!

We are Tackling Our To-Do Lists Together and making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about how Tackle It Tuesday began.

The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in tackling all our tasks — whether household or otherwise.

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.




Tackle it Tuesday is managed by Jennifer. You can find Jennifer blogging at Jen’s Journey and tweeting at @jennifer_sikora.



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Jennifer is the Advertising and Communications contact here at 5 Minutes for Mom. When she is not busy answering emails here, you can find her sharing about her life on her own blog at www.jennifersikora.com. You can also find her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennifer_sikora or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jenandherfinelife.

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