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Get Organized with Homemade Green Cleaning

Ok, so I decided that today is the day to begin my 2013 resolution of getting organized. I felt motivated – maybe it was the cold weather or the fact that the Christmas rush is over, but I started the de-cluttering process and feel really good!

I started with the living area, putting away toys and organizing the kids art stuff, vacuumed and cleaned surfaces. The most motivating and inspiring thing for me is having a clean house, cleaned with natural ingredients. These green cleaning recipes I use are so easy and use all basic and inexpensive components.

Green Cleaning Recipes

Basic Surface Disinfectant
2 cups water
2 tablespoons dish soap
20-30 drops tea tree oil

Add to a spray bottle and shake. Use with cloth towels for the best results!

Tub and Tile Cleaner
1 2/3 cup baking soda
1/2 cup vegetable oil-based liquid soap
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons vinegar

Combine and shake before using. Apply with a cloth or sponge and rinse well.

Scouring Powder
1 cup baking soda
1 cup borax
1 cup kosher salt

Mix ingredients in a jar. Sprinkle on area to be cleaned, wipe with a sponge, and rinse.

Carpet Cleaner
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup borax
1/4 cup vinegar

Mix up a paste, then apply to stain in carpet. Allow paste to dry completely then vacuum.

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