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Green Cleaning Starter Kit

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) bpray 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. (480 mL) white vinegar
  • 1 qt. + 2 c. (1 L + 480 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 for the All-Purpose Spray. However, if you have snooped around my blog, you know that you can also make an All-Purpose Spray with Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds – 1 Tbsp. (15 mL) in a 1 quart (1L) spray bottle.

You really have no excuses. Go get started!

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Mario says:

Hello Lisa. I’d like to please share the recipes to clean wood floors and granite countertops using either castle soap or soap suds. I love your blog, is so informative, and since I learned about your products I’ve become more conscious about the environment and the effects on earth about using other products with so many quemicals on them. From now on I’m going green team!☺

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Mario – I’m so glad you’ve found my blog helpful and that it has inspired you in your own green journey. You are welcome to share my recipes and welcome, so long as you share the source. I appreciate your taking the time to ask!

Mario says:

Hello again Lisa. What I meant on my previous comment was if you can share with me what products can I use to clean wood floors and granite countertops. Do you have the recipes for those surfaces??
Thank you so much, and like always, I love your blog and your products.

Lisa Bronner says:

Hi Mario – Whoops! I misunderstood your first post. Sal Suds works great on wood floors. You need a very mild dilution or else you’ll end up with a bunch of bubbles and will need to rinse. If it’s diluted enough, you will not need to rinse. If you’re using a mop pad and bucket, a dilution of about 2 gallons of water and 1 tsp. of Sal Suds. Add the water to your bucket first and then the Sal Suds to avoid a bubble overflow. Also, excess water on laminate flooring will cause it to swell, so be sure to wring your mop out well before using and mop up an excess water. As for granite, you can use either our Castile Soap or Sal Suds. Dilute the Castile Soap with water in a spray bottle using the All-Purpose Cleaning Spray (recipe here:, spray on your counters, then wipe off with a damp cloth. Here are Sal Suds recipes and uses: With those two pages, you should be up and running!

Mario says:

Hello Lisa, I can’t thank you enough. Thanks for the advice, thanks for for taking the time time to reply, thanks for the wisdom you share in your blog…thank you, thank you thank you. Did I mentioned we love your products and your blog?? I think I did, but can’t help it. We are green now since we learned about Dr Bronner soap and its wonders, and you, for being the best ambassador fir them. Honestly your response, so quick and assertive surprises me, and fir that I thank you too.
I’ve seen a lot of bloggers and videos, and by far yours are the bestest!!!! I dont know if that’s even a word but for you, I’ll creat it. Keep up the good work ??and God bless.. The CHAMP???.

Katherine says:

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?

Lisa Bronner says:

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.

Kerri says:

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

Lisa Bronner says:

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.

Lisa Bronner says:

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.)

Lisa Bronner says:

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

Brandi says:

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

Miriam Hahn says:

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

Lisa Bronner says:

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.


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