Getting toxic products out of the house and garden is super smart for your health and your budget! Plus every little bit we can do to reduce negative impact on the planet is a good thing.

Here are two easy products you can make with simple ingredients, adapted from Nancy Birtwhistle’s fabulous book, Clean & Green. (It’s available on Amazon; you can also follow her on Instagram for great tips on baking, gardening, and green living in general.)

All-Purpose Kitchen & Bath Cleaner

  • 4 Tb plain white vinegar
  • 3 Tb isopropyl alcohol (70% is best)
  • 1/2 cup water, plus 1-2 Tb
  • 20 drops essential oil (lemon or orange are inexpensive and smell nice!)

Mix together in a 12 or 16 oz. glass spray bottle. Great for counters, shelves, sinks, mirrors, bathtubs, etc. Just spray and rub dry with a clean rag.

Eco-Friendly Pesticide for Aphids, Greenfly, Blackfly & Whitefly

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp eco-friendly liquid dish soap
  • 2 tsp grapeseed oil
  • 2-3 drops clove bud oil (insects hate it!)

Using a funnel, mix ingredients together in a spray bottle. Shake well. Best used in the evening for garden pests (after the sun is down and the bees have gone to bed). and anytime on house plants.

It’s worth buying some good quality glass spray bottles. It’s a savings in the short and long term, because you’ll be eliminating a lot of cleaning products. Almost all of these come in plastic bottles that are hard to recycle. Not using these in the first place is cheaper for you and definitely healthier for the planet.

For those of you who would like to reduce the number of products under the sink, but don’t want to go the DIY route, here’s a link to the Cheat Sheet for Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds. It’s a multi-tasking product I’ve used in my own home: View Sal Suds Cheat Sheet

Happy green spring!

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