I’m not the only one in my house that has been inspired by Craig and Marc Kielburger of Free The Children. I came home from school yesterday and it looked like my mom was doing a science project in the kitchen. Then she told me that it was and that we were going to do our own version of Marc’s science fair project and make our own eco-friendly cleaning products.
When Marc was 13 years old he had to do a science project for the science fair and couldn’t think of a topic. He asked his mom if she had any ideas and she didn’t. She asked Marc to help her with her house-cleaning on a Saturday and when he was taking out the cleaning supplies he saw that they were all labelled with symbols and words for hazardous, toxic and danger. Scary stuff. He thought about his science project and decided that he would experiment to make his own safe cleaning supplies.
He went to talk to his grandmother to ask her what she used in ‘her day’ to clean her house. She told him that she used natural things and whatever else she had. She used things like lemon, baking soda and vinegar. Her friends did do and they told him that they didn’t have all these fancy things to choose from.
So, back to my mom and the science project in our kitchen. My mom told me that she had looked up “do-it-yourself” cleaning products and eco-friendly cleaning products on Google and decided on a few recipes for us to try. She said that we already had almost everything that we needed in our house and that she bought the rest in the afternoon.
My Mom’s Project
Borax, baking soda, rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, castile soap, warm water, corn starch, spray bottles, measuring cups, funnels, essential oils
*have a marker and labels ready to label them when you are done. My mom also wrote the recipe on the label so that it’s easy to make when she runs out.
All-Purpose Cleaner (makes 2 spray bottles)
- 4 cups hot water
- 1/8 cup white vinegar
- 1/8 cup castile soap
- 1 tsp Borax
- a few drops of scented essential oils
Directions: Combine all ingredients, pour into spray bottles and shake well.
Glass Cleaner (makes 1 spray bottle)
- 2 cups warm water
- 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 1 tbsp corn starch
Directions: Combine all ingredients, pour into spray bottle and shake well.
Tub Scrub (makes small container)
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup castile soap
- 1 tbsp vinegar
Directions: Mix baking soda, soap and water well to make into paste then add the vinegar and mix well. A fork works best to do this. After you use it on the tub, rinse it off with cold water.
Our homemade eco-friendly cleaning supplies were amazing. They worked really well everywhere my mom used them – the kitchen and bathroom counters, sinks and floors – all clean and smell really good too. Each one cost less than a dollar to make. Now that we have all the materials and recipes we can make more when we run out.
Do you have any eco-cleaning tips for me and my mom?