[Infographic] Mean, green, DIY household cleaning machines


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Many of our cleaning products these days are full of chemicals that could pose dangers to our families and pets. In fact, the book “Raising Children Toxic Free” reported that at least 70,000 new chemical compounds have been invented and dispersed into our environment since 1950. And according to the ASPCA, vet visits due to ingested household items such as floor cleaner have risen significantly in the last decade.

Now whoever said you needed harsh brand-name chemicals to clean your home was sorely mistaken. There are lots of DIY, eco-friendly cleaner recipes that you can make right in your home for a fraction of the cost. And we bet you have a bunch of the ingredients lying around in your home already.

BrightNest created this infographic with a few recipes, including an all-purpose cleaner.

Click here for more DIY cleaners from BrightNest*.

We also scoured the Web for some other cleaning recipes that you can cook up right in your home.

Tub and tile cleaner, from Apartment Therapy
Spray bottle
1 2/3 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vegetable oil-based liquid soap
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons vinegar

In a spray bottle, combine baking soda with vegetable oil-based liquid soap. Add water and vinegar. Shake before using. Apply with a cloth or sponge and rinse.

Window spray cleaner, from Suddenly Frugal
1 gallon of water
¼ cup vinegar
1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent

Mix all of the ingredients and pour into a spray bottle.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner, from Frugally Sustainable
3/4 cup baking soda
3/4 cup white vinegar
10 drops of tea tree oil
10 drops of lavender essential oils

Combine baking soda and essential oils in a mixing bowl. When you’re ready to clean your toilet, add vinegar and pour mixture into the toilet. Scrub with toilet brush. Note: This is a single-use recipe.


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