Earth Friendly Cleaners: Baking soda and our tiled countertops

So, a while ago I decided to follow in my friend's footsteps and take my green ways a step further. Two months ago we got rid of our Clorox bleach and other carcinogen ridden cleaners and started using only organic, kid, pet and earth-friendly cleaners.

It's been fun and not as expensive as I thought. It also allows me to include the kids in cleaning without fear of poising! Not to mention I haven't accidentally bleached any more of my clothes.

On Wednesday, I decided to clean our tiled counters with a baking soda and water mix. 

3 parts Baking Soda
1 part water
3 drops of essential oils- lavender's my favorite.

I sprinkled the baking soda evenly on countertops then sprayed the water on to create a sort of paste. I used a scrubber brush to scrub the grout and let it sit for 15 minutes I came back and washed it out into the sink. Countertops looks like new and smelled clean!

Today the countertops are still white and I can't believe how much a little scrubbing really went. I didn't have any bleach stains, my eyes didn't get watery and I didn't inhale fumes! Baking soda is very inexpensive and I just feel happy to find ways to take care of our earth that also make my home a happier place.

I'm working on 5 recipes for all purpose cleaner, disinfectant, hardwood floor cleaner, furniture polish and air freshener. Stay tuned I'll post them through this week.


Jodi said…
Look into Tea Tree Oil. That's a good antibacterial substitute as well to use in place of the more harsher cleaners.
Flor Olivo said…
Cool I'll check it out!
Terri Brown said…
I am also big on not using bleach and other cleaners that require a haz mat team to clean up! Thanks for this idea; I have read about but have never used the lavender oil. Where do you find that kind of stuff?
Flor Olivo said…
I found mine at the body shop. Only $7 and you can choose from an array of scents!

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