Tuesday Ten: DIY Green Cleaning

Tuesday Ten: DIY Green Cleaning

From hitting the stalls at our local farmers markets to toting our meals in eco-chic lunch kits from Lauren’s XO(eco) collection, your LC editors are pretty passionate about going green. So, with spring-cleaning season in full swing, I wanted to share a few safe and easy alternatives to conventional cleaning products. In my experience, these DIY mixtures work just as well as the products in your grocery store, only they’re free from the funny fumes and harmful chemicals that many cleaning products contain. Here are 10 green cleaning recipes to have in your arsenal:

Tuesday Ten: DIY Green Cleaning

1. Surface Cleaner: To get countertops and cutting boards squeaky clean (not marble or stainless steel), use a cut lemon dipped in baking soda. Wipe clean afterwards with a wet sponge.

Tuesday Ten: DIY Green Cleaning

2. Scouring Paste: Scour tough dirt and rust stains with a mixture of salt and lemon juice.

Tuesday Ten: DIY Green Cleaning

3. Drain Cleaner: To break up clogs, pour ½ cup baking soda down the drain, followed by ½ cup white vinegar. Wait 15 minutes, and then flush with four cups of boiling water (or hot tap water for plastic pipes).

Tuesday Ten: DIY Green Cleaning

4. Window Cleaner: Mix together ¼ cup white vinegar, 1 Tbsp cornstarch, and 2 cups warm water in a spray bottle. Shake well to dissolve cornstarch.

Tuesday Ten: DIY Green Cleaning

5. Sink, Stainless Steel, and Grout Cleaner: To remove hard water stains from your sink, make a paste with baking soda and water. Using a toothbrush, gently scrub the paste into your sink, pouring small amounts of white vinegar onto the paste to help with tough stains.

Tuesday Ten: DIY Green Cleaning

6. Toilet Cleaner: Combine 2 Tbsp tea-tree oil and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake, spritz along the rim of the bowl, and let sit for 30 minutes before flushing or scrubbing.

Tuesday Ten: DIY Green Cleaning

7. Garbage Disposal Freshener: Cut a lemon into slices and run through the disposal for a fresh, clean scent.

Tuesday Ten: DIY Green Cleaning

8. Soap Scum Dissolver: Heat 1 cup of white vinegar in the microwave and then combine in a spray bottle with 1 cup dish detergent. Spray in your shower or sink and wait one minute before wiping off.

Tuesday Ten: DIY Green Cleaning

9. Natural Disinfectant: To knock out germs and icky bacteria, mix together 2 cups of water, 3 tablespoons dish soap, and 20 to 30 drops tea-tree oil.

Tuesday Ten: DIY Green Cleaning

10. Grease Stain Remover: Sprinkle cornstarch onto fresh grease spots and let sit 20-30 minutes before vacuuming.

Especially if you have pets, relying on natural antiseptic and grime fighting ingredients is an important step to take for a safe home and a happier planet.

Have any other tips for going green this spring?

Share them in the comments below!

xo Ilana

Sources: Real Simple, The Daily Green, How to Clean Anything
Categories: DIY, Grow, Ilana Saul, Tuesday Ten
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  • Monica_in_Heels

    Fab ideas!!! I love green products!!


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  • dot

    I think I remember reading somewhere that you shouldn’t use vinegar/baking soda to clean drains because it corrodes the pipes…

  • Leanne

    Very interesting! I didn’t know these would work.

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  • Amanda Espinoza

    I love this! I can not wait to try this!

  • Alyssa

    I can’t wait to try these! I had no idea you could use vinegar and cornstarch to clean windows.

    <3 Alyssa

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    Wow! These are such cool alternatives. I might try to implement these when I do my cleaning.


  • Rachel

    Love these green cleaning tips.


  • Sarah @ Sequin Doll

    Such great tips — I always hate the smell of conventional cleaners! There’s something that just doesn’t feel right about breathing all that in.


  • Sara Helene

    loving these tips!


  • LaurenConrad.com

    Let us know when you do! We’d love to hear how they worked for you :-)

  • LaurenConrad.com

    We agree. These will feel so much “”cleaner”” for your body AND the environment! :-)

  • LaurenConrad.com

    Let us know if you do! We’d love to hear what you think!

  • LaurenConrad.com

    We do too!! Let us know if you give these a try!

  • Alycia Ceballos

    I love this post! I’ve been using homemade cleaning products for years and it has felt so fresh and healthy in my home. For the drain clogged mixture though, I also add 1/2 cup of salt because it scrubs while the baking soda and vinegar foam :)

  • Donna Hale

    Love these ideas! Great to use homemade cleaning products. I’ll be sure to try the cornstarch on grease!

    Another homemade remedy I use is getting a damp washcloth and placing in the microwave for 20 seconds. The cloth steams the microwave and makes it easy to clean the inside in a breeze. Then drop the washcloth in the wash. :)


  • Ilana Saul

    Love this idea! I’m going to try it :)

  • Raven Locks

    These are such great ideas! I’ve been using some of these already. But most of them, I’ve never tried before.



  • Candace Lembi

    so excited for these ideas!!

  • My Style Diary

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing :)


  • Letitia Elizabeth @ Lillie Magazine

    Lauren I’m always so giddy and proud to see you posting green and eco content. We can’t wait to feature your Blue collection in Lillie Magazine. I do this eco-fashion and green living 9-5 and still see some tips I haven’t tried yet! 😉 xx

  • Shellz

    awesome tips:


  • madeline bowen

    I need this for my microwave!!

    Although, putting a lemon down your disposal is really bad for your disposal. I would cut out the center and put that through the disposal instead.

  • Robyn {The Chic Image}

    For someone who loves things to be clean…thank you for this post :)

    Robyn xox

  • Deanne Castro

    So cool!

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  • Ashley

    These are all fantastic ideas, and I LOVE that they are Earth friendly :) http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

  • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

    These are such helpful green living tips! I bookmarked it for when I get my first place.

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  • Ashley Ward

    White vinegar has so many great uses! Thanks for sharing Lauren!



  • Mandie Lopez

    I have used these to clean my floors and counters and they look and feel sooo different than when I use commercial cleaners. It’s cheap too!

  • k a s e y ~ <3

    Use old news paper with widow cleaner! It works great!

  • Konstantina Bourtzou

    WOW! Amazing tips! They are all really-really helpful! 😉


  • http://www.miniclean.com.au/ Mini Clean

    I commonly use this type for cleaning my home. I am pro environment friendly chemicals and this blog really explain everything. I will try some of this and keep this in my notes. Must Share.

  • Daniel Labrum

    I wasn’t aware of some of the mixtures. Thanks for sharing.

  • Javier Morales

    THANK YOU so much for this recipe. I used this recipe plus a good sturdy
    scrub brush on my 6 month old tile grout which is a light beige and my
    OLD floor which I think was white tile grout. It worked WONDERS!
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  • Marta Ford

    It’s pleasant to see some natural methods of cleaning which are effective and non
    toxic. I’ll have to try them. Thanks for sharing!
    Best regards!

  • Xandra Sutton

    If there is a way to use natural cleaning products then you should definitely grab that opportunity. The common cleaners usually contain a lot of toxic and harmful ingredients. Magnificent tips here! Regards! Bickley Carpet Cleaners Ltd.


  • Faye Glass

    Vinegar is so useful! I mix it for surface cleaning in my kitchen and it never fails. Thank you for the window cleaning idea, I didn’t know that corn stash works so good, the windows and few mirrors at home look brilliant now. This weekend I’m trying more of your recipes.



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