Non-Toxic Homemade Household Cleaners

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Updated: 8/22/2012 2:09 pm Published: 7/23/2012 3:20 pm

Rebekah Greiman spends her time finding ways to be crafty and frugal with recipes, homemade household products, remodeling projects, garden tips and more. "I’ve found it’s the best outlet for me to be creative and to share what I have easily with others. My friends would always ask, 'How did you make that?' or, 'What was that recipe?'. So, instead of emailing everyone, I started to blog," Greiman. Her blog details new crafts and recipes she's working on while also giving her readers a tutorial. She gave GDGC a tutorial on non-toxic household cleansers with just four simple ingredients: baking soda, vinegar, olive oil and tea tree oil.  Her philosophy is if it's something she can make at home then why not save money doing it her self. "I gave a lot of my cleaners away when I decided to make the switch, and I used up anything that was leftover, mainly to recycle the bottles for my homemade cleaning products. I’ve made the switch over the course of time-one cleanser at a time. I think it’s key to not try to change everything about your life overnight-habits need time to develop," she said.

The Ingredients:

All Purpose Cleaner-vinegar & water. This works on everything-cleaning produce, stainless steel, mirrors, toilet, counters, floors, cabinets, shower tiles, sinks, floors, walls, etc

Antibacterial Cleaner-vinegar, water & tea tree oil. This works on everything but mirrors, it disinfects counters, cabinets, door knobs, etc

Furniture Cleaner/Polish-olive oil and vinegar

Toilet Bowl & Drain Cleaner-baking soda and vinegar

Other products used:
Vinegar, Baking Soda, Tea Tree Oil, Olive Oil
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Funnel and Measuring Cups

Rebekah Greiman writes the blog Potholes and Pantyhose (, which is a blog with step-by-step tutorials on recipes, homemade products, remodeling projects and more.

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