1 | Homemade Substitutions
2 | Recipes
3 | Choose the right product
4 | Healthy home cleaning habits
When searching for cleaning products many people have only one question on their minds...do the products work? From scents and detergents, to bleaching agents, softeners and beyond, these products may clean, but at what cost? Could natural cleaning solutions be a better option?

Today's home is full of cleaning products that contain harmful chemicals. The products contribute to indoor air pollution, are poisonous if ingested and harmful if inhaled or touched. The ingredients in these cleaning products may even cause acute or immediate health hazards. Drain cleaners, oven cleaners and toilet bowl cleaners are among the most dangerous products due to the high concentration of chlorine, bleach and ammonia.

Fragrances add another unseen danger. Companies are not required to list their ingredients but rather label them as containing "fragrance." The National Institute of Occupational Therapy found that 1/3 of substances marked "fragrance" are toxic. Once I realized the potential dangers of conventional cleaning products I knew it was time to take action! It was time to switch over to natural cleaning products.


Luckily there are ingredients that serve as a green cleaning alternative to the chemicals found in many traditional cleaning products. The ingredients below can either be used alone or combined to make great homemade cleaning products that serve a variety of household cleaning needs.

Ingredients and Their Use

Baking Soda cleans, deodorizes, softens water and scours. A natural soap is a great cleaning agent! Lemons are one of the strongest food-acids and are effective against most household bacteria. White Vinegar cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up. Cornstarch can be used to clean windows, polish furniture, and shampoo carpets and rugs.


Switching to alternative cleaners can be easy! Most of the ingredients needed to make homemade green cleaners can be found in your household already. If they aren't, they are easy and cheap to buy at your local grocery store. We love the safer alternative to traditional cleaners. Give these homemade natural cleaning solutions a try!   Laundry2

dishSoapHomemade Laundry Detergent

Mix 1 cup of Grab Green soap, 1/2 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax. Use 1 tbsp. for light loads and 2 tbsps. for heavy loads.

Homemade Fabric Softener

All you need to make a great homemade fabric softener is 2 tbs. baking soda. Add this to the first wash of clothing. Then add 1/4 cup of white vinegar to your final washer rinse! Hillbilly Housewiferecommends adding 2 cups of hair conditioner into the mix to make your fabric softener smell better.

Homemade Bleach Alternative

Deep Roots at Home has a great homemade bleach alternative recipe! To make an entire gallon of bleach alternative you need 1/2 cup of white vinegar or lemon juice, 1 1/2 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide, water to fill the jug, and 20 drops of lemon juice.
No time to make laundry detergent but still want a non-toxic product?
Try 3 in 1 Laundry Detergent. It's non-toxic, naturally-derived and just as effective as leading conventional cleaners.

Homemade All-Purpose air-and-room-freshener

Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. This all-purpose cleanercan be used to remove water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, counter tops, mirrors and more.
Room & Fabric Fresheners are premade and ready to go.No mixing required Made of naturally-derived ingredients and free of phosphates and dyes you can enjoy scents like vetiver, red pear & thyme

Homemade Room and Air Freshener

Leave baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice in small dishes around the house. These ingredients absorb odors! You can prevent cooking odors by simmering 1 tbsp. of vinegar and 1 cup of water on the stove while you cook. To get such smells like fish or onions off utensils and cutting boards, first wipe them with vinegar and then wash them in soapy water.

Homemade Stainless Steel Cleaner

This DIY recipe is an easy one! Fill a spray bottle with 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Spray the solution on a clean cloth and wipe the dirty area. You can also spray this solution onto the stainless steel directly. Often times oil causes the smudgy fingerprints - this recipe works because vinegar cuts oil!

floorCleanerHomemade Floor Cleaner

Here is another great use for vinegar! Mix equal parts vinegar and water, then simply mop. If your floors are extra dirty you can pre-wash them with a solution of 2 tbsps. of washing soda in 16 oz. of water. Make sure the washing soda dissolves! I think vinegar is a super cleaner!

Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner

To bring back your hardwood floor's shine back all it takes is three simple ingredients! Mix 1/2 cup vinegar with 1 gallon of warm water and mop your floor. You can also add 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil or a few drops of your favorite essential oils to give your floor a little more TLC and shine. Remember, too much vinegar can actually dull the look of your floors so don't forget the oils!

Homemade Carpet Cleaner

Mix 1 tbsp. of dish soap, 1 tbsp. vinegar, 1 cup of water and 1 tbsp. of baking soda. Add to a spray bottle and spray the effected are. Scrub gently with a clean cloth and you're done!

Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner

It's easy to avoid the especially toxic chemicals in toilet bowl cleaners, with just three household ingredients. All you need is 3/4 cup of baking soda, 3/4 cup vinegar, and Tea Tree Oil. Add each ingredient to the toilet bowl one at a time and let soak for up to ten minutes. If you have tougher stains you can let it sit longer. After it sits scrub with a toilet bowl brush and you're toilet bowl is as good as new.

windowCleanerHomemade Window Cleaner

A great natural window cleaner is made from 2 tsps. white vinegar and 1 liter warm water. This solution works best with a cotton cloth. Be sure to follow the recipe, because using too strong a solution of vinegar will etch the glass and eventually cloud it.

Homemade Water Ring Remover

Water rings on wooden tables and counters are the result of moisture that is trapped under the topcoat. You can apply toothpaste or mayonnaise to a damp cloth and rub it into the ring. Make sure that you don't rub the toothpaste or mayonnaise too hard because it will ruin the wood. Once the ring is removed, buff the entire wood surface.
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Perfect for use on countertops, stoves, microwaves, baseboards and even bicycles, the Power Degreaser leaves a clean surface and fresh scent. Non toxic and safe for kids and pets,

Homemade Wall Cleaner

To get rid of your wallpaper you will need a wallpaper remover. A great natural wallpaper remover can be made from mixing equal parts of white vinegar and hot water, apply the solution with a sponge over the old wallpaper to soften the adhesive. Then peel off the lifting paper and reapply the mixture to stubborn patches.

Homemade Cleaning Solution for Stickers on Walls

When I was younger I put glow-in-the-dark stickers all over my walls. My mom had the toughest time removing them! I wish she knew all she had to do was sponge vinegar over them several times, and wait 15 minutes, then rub off the stickers. This recipe is also great for price tags on tools, cups, etc. Grab Green Power Degreaseralso does an amazing job!

Homemade Mold and Mildew Remover

Homemade mold cleaner is easy to make! All you have to do is apply vinegar or lemon juice with a sponge. Rub it onto the mold and then wipe off.

Homemade Metal Cleaners and Polishes

Aluminum: using a soft cloth, clean with a solution of cream of tartar and water.
Brass or bronze: polish with a soft cloth dipped in lemon and baking-soda solution, or vinegar and salt solution. Another method is to apply a dab of ketchup on a soft cloth and rub over tarnished spots. Chrome: polish with baby oil, vinegar, or aluminum foil shiny side out.
Copper: soak a cotton rag in a pot of boiling water with 1 tbsp. salt and
1 cup white vinegar. Apply to copperCleaningcopper while hot; let cool, then wipe clean.
For tougher jobs, sprinkle baking soda or lemon juice on a soft cloth, then wipe. For copper cookware, sprinkle a lemon wedge with salt, then scrub., A simpler method is to apply a dab of ketchup on a soft cloth and rub over tarnished spots.
Gold: clean with toothpaste, or a paste of salt, vinegar, and flour.
Silver:line a pan with aluminum foil and fill with water; add a tsp. baking soda and a tsp. salt. Bring to a boil and immerse silver then polish with a soft cloth.homemade-bathroom-cleaner

Homemade Furniture Polish

For varnished wood, add a few drops of lemon oil into 1/2 cup warm water. Mix well and spray onto a soft cotton cloth. Make sure that the cloth is slightly damp. Wipe your furniture with the cloth, and finish by wiping once more using a dry soft cotton cloth. For unvarnished wood, mix 2 tsps. olive oil with 2 tsps. lemon juice and apply a small amount to a soft cotton cloth. Use this cloth to polish your unvarnished wood furniture.

Homemade Tub and Tile Cleaner

Make a natural tub cleaner by combining baking soda with fresh water. Rub the baking soda in first and then rinse with fresh water!     Kitchen2

artHomemade Dishwasher Detergent

Mix equal parts of borax and washing soda. If you have hard water increase the amount of washing soda. If you want to use a commercial dishwashing soap choose one that does not have bleach or phosphates. No time to make your own Dishwasher Detergent? Use a naturally-derived store bought version instead:

Homemade Dish Soap

Add 2 or 3 tbsp. of vinegar to warm, soapy water.

Homemade Disinfectant

2 cups of water and 20 drops of Tea Tree Oil is all you need. Tea Tree oil is a natural disinfectant that kills some of the worst bacteria and fungus. Perfect for the kitchen!

Homemade Drain Cleaner

For a natural drain cleaner that works, mix 1/2 cup salt in 4 liters water, heat (but not to a boil) and pour down the drain. For stronger cleaning, pour about 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then 1/2 cup vinegar. After 15 minutes, pour in boiling water to clear residue. Caution: only use this method with metal plumbing. Plastic pipes can melt if excess boiling water is used. Also, do not use this method after trying a commercial drain opener--the vinegar can react with the drain opener to create dangerous fumes.   allPurpose

Homemade All-Purpose Cleaner

Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. This all-purpose cleanercan be used to remove water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, counter tops, mirrors and more.

Homemade Oven Cleaner

For a great non toxic oven cleaner all you have to do is moisten your oven surfaces with water. Use 3/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup salt and 1/4 cup water to make a thick paste, and spread it throughout the oven interior. (avoid bare metal and any openings) Let the solution sit overnight. In the morning, remove the solution with a spatula and wipe it clean. Rub it in gently with fine steel wool for tough spots.

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

Mix equal parts of borax and washing soda. If you have hard water increase the amount of washing soda. If you want to use a commercial dishwashing soapchoose one that does not have bleach or phosphates.
Use a naturally-derived store bought version. Automatic Dish Detergent cuts through grime, removes grease, and leaves your dishes sparkling clean. Made with naturally-derived, biodegradable ingredients this effective detergent leaves zero spots and is the most convenient way to get clean dishes.


Sometimes these natural ingredients just don't do the trick. That's why we're going to give you some tips on how to find the right cleaning product. One that is safer than the conventional cleaners and healthier for both you and the environment! One like Grab Green!

  1. Look at the cleaning label
  2. Gauge ecological claims
  3. Choose plant based ingredients
  4. Choose products that reduce packaging waste


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    Our safe and sustainable glass cleaner gets that streak-free shine with naturally-derived ingredients that leave your conscience as clear as your glass
    Exchange Indoor Air: Open up your windows and let fresh outdoor air flow in and indoor air flow out! This will keep the air inside your home fresh.
  2. Minimize Dust: Remove clutter and dust your home often to keep dust from piling up.
  3. Use Gentle Cleaning Products: Avoid harsh traditional cleaners that contain toxic chemicals that are bad for your health! Either make your own natural homemade recipes or buy cleaners, like Grab Green, that are an alternative to the traditional cleaner.
  4. Clean from the Top Down: The best way to get your house clean is to clean from the ceiling down. This way as dust falls from higher up you can vacuum or sweep it all up at the end.
  5. Clean as You Go: Cleaning as you go is much easier than doing one big clean at the end of the week! It can be as simple as doing your dishes right after a meal or wiping the counters in your bathroom as you brush you teeth.
  6. Identify Your Trouble Zones: We all have those areas in our home where all of piles of stuff end up. Instead of dumping your stuff in the trouble spot put things away as you take them out. Put your clothes away after you do your laundry and hang your car keys up on a hook instead of adding them to the pile.
  7. Chore-a-Day: Do a chore-a-day to keep your home clean!



At Grab Green, our products go far beyond the realm of safe for home and planet. We don’t rest until our designs and formulas compete with conventional cleaners, and until your experience is effortless, and dare we say joyful.

When thinking about what cleaners to use always remember that you have options! You don't have to bring chemicals into your home because there are alternatives. Whether you make your own homemade formulas derived from natural products found in the kitchen or you use eco-responsible, non-toxic formulas like Grab Green it's easy to be safer and healthier than what the conventional products would have you think.

Worried about effectiveness? Don't be! Natural cleaning recipes and homemade cleaners often utilize vinegar ( as you can see above!) which is a powerful and effective cleanser. If you choose to buy non-toxic cleaners like Grab Green, you can be sure that your home, dishes and laundry will be as clean as they are "green

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