Green Cleaning Starter Kit (Video)

You know you want to.  You’ve been meaning to for ages.  Everybody’s doing it. It’s so easy!

Today is the day you put together your Green Cleaning Starter Kit.

The kit is so simple that you’ll need to trust me that it will indeed clean your house.  Trust it.  No side effects.  No funny business.  No fancy gimmicks.  Just clean.

Check out the video for some extra motivation and then go gather these supplies:

  • 2 – 1 Quart (1 L) Spray Bottles – good heavy-duty ones
  • 1 Shaker Jar with holes in the lid, such as an old spice jar or a mason jar
  • ¼ c. (60 mL) Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap – your favorite scent
  • 2 c. White Vinegar
  • 1 qt. + 2 c. (1 L + 500 mL) Water – I use reverse osmosis water because I have it handy, and it makes for a crystal clear solution, but tap water is fine.
  • 2 c. (500 g) Baking Soda – bicarbonate of soda
  • Essential Oils (optional) 20 drops/recipe – tea tree for an extra cleaning punch, and any other essential oil that makes you happy
  • Microfiber Cloths – often sold in the auto care section

To keep things simple in the video, I use the Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile soap.  However, if you have snooped around my blog, you know that you can also use Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds – 1 Tbsp. or 15 mL.

You really have no excuses. Go get started!


13 thoughts on “Green Cleaning Starter Kit (Video)

  1. This was great, thank you! How do I make liquid hand soap? The non foaming kind.

    • Hi Miriam – The Castile soaps do not work well in traditional pumps. They inevitably dry inside the apparatus and cause soap to shoot out sideways or up. Even diluted, this will happen. Instead, either keep the soap in the original bottle and use just a few drops, or consider our Organic Sugar Soaps which we formulated to work in traditional pumps.

    • Hi Brandi – I believe we ordered it online. Search for “daisy cut out mason jar lid”.

    • Thanks! I looked and found them in several places. I ordered mine from Wal-mart.

    • Hi Maggie – As luck would have it, I was just reading another blog that mentioned that what Americans call “dish soap”, Brits call “washing up liquid”, so I know what you’re talking about! How’s that for cross-cultural communication?? Anyhow for washing dishes, I use Sal Suds because soap (which is what the Castile is) has a tiny reaction with hard water that can leave a film on shiny surfaces (aka “soap scum”). Sal Suds is much more clean rinsing. I keep a quart bottle filled a quarter of the way with Sal Suds and the rest with water. This way I don’t use too much Sal Suds (which is the concern when not diluting. It’s not like more Sal Suds is toxic. It’s not. It’s just unnecessary and wasteful.)

  2. Any guidance for choosing spray bottles without their own chemicals and nasty leaching additives?

    • Hi Kerri – I do recommend buying empty spray bottles instead of repurposing one that might have had problematic ingredients which could have leached into the plastics. Also choose sturdy bottles instead of pretty ones. Plastics that are HDPE 1 or 2, so they wouldn’t have BPA in them. Another option is to buy glass spray bottles. These are pricier and obviously breakable, but if you are fairly coordinated and don’t have little ones around, they could be a good option.

  3. How long do all these products keep once made up? Is there any risk of bacteria developing in them after a certain period of time?

    • Hi Katherine – Diluting the soap does dilute its preservation. It is naturally preserved by its own alkalinity as well as the tocopherols (vitamin E) that we add. Its shelf life undiluted is at least three years. I have found that the All Purpose Spray here lasts at least a month, probably longer but I run out of it. If it is smelling “off” to you, then dump and remake. Perhaps make a smaller batch next time around. With the vinegar glass cleaner, I have never found this to go bad, but again, if it smells wrong to you, then dump and remake.

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