Faded Bluebird

When I left my parents house seeking my own identity, fame, and fortune, I took with me the list of cleaning supplies my Mama used in our home.  These were the products that I grew up with, each had a specific job and I believed, as my Mama did, that your house wasn’t clean unless you could smell pine and bleach.  I was in for a shock the first time I went to the grocery store clutching my list….. my cleaning supplies took half my budget!  But they were a necessity and it continued like that until I had my second child who was born with very sensitive skin and my first old friend to bite the dust was my Gain laundry detergent.  When I came out of my mourning period I took a deep breath and began the search for a greener and may I say cleaner laundry soap.

The more research I conducted, the more it became clear to me that I needed to make my own cleaning supplies.  I was in Nirvana, this stuff was so easy and cheap to make, but I had some rewiring to do first. 

The Journey Forward

Turns out suds don’t equal clean.  What!?!  I need bubbles…how do I know that the soap is doing its job unless I have bubbles, everybody has bubbles.  I had already gone through the painful process of deciding to break up with Gain, what more could the universe ask of me… come on! 

Every site told me that soap bubbles usually indicate Sodium Laureth Sulfates (SLS)  which is harmful to the environment and commercial companies only add it to give you bubbles.  It’s like the cherry on top of the Sundae, you don’t need it, but boy if it’s not there you notice! Then the Sundae just looks naked.  So I was left with a Gain-less and naked Sundae life……Yah. 

Rest Stop

But things got better, the first recipe that I tried for laundry powder worked great!  But, as I became more and more concerned about the environment, I discovered that the soap bar that I was grating to make it contained petroleum products, and the search began again.  I am not going to tell you about all the chemicals found in some commercial products, you have heard it all before, but for my family, I wanted to be chemical free.  (If you’re curious about what is in your cleaning products and how they rate, visit the Environmental Working Group’s Website and look it up). 

Journeys End

My environmental concerns lead me to a wonderful job!  I am the Education Director for a local Conservation District and they pay me to talk about Environmental Issues and to conduct workshops like Green Cleaning classes.  I get to share my knowledge with my community and now with you! 

I still get nostalgic about Gain, and I have been known to sit closer than accepted in polite society when I smell it on someone’s clothes.  And I would never camp outside of a store on Thanksgiving for Black Friday sales or wait in line for 24 hours to buy tickets to anything, but….if they ever produce an essential oil blend that resembles the scent of original Gain, I would body check a senior citizen to get to it.  I hope you enjoy my favorite Green Cleaning tips and recipes. 

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Cream of Tartar

Check out this deal on Essential Oils.

Check out this deal on Essential Oils.

carpet cleaner

You can pour this into a bucket and bleach your non dedicates or add 1/2 – 1 cup to the washer. To make a disinfectant add 1 cup distilled water to 1 cup of the concentrate into a large spray bottle and clean like the Home Diva that you are! Shopping Guide: Mean Grean, Oxygen Bleach

glass cleaner

You need to shake this before each use. AND you will get even better results using non-color newspaper.

dishwasher powder

Put it through a Blender to avoid caking. If possible, use vinegar in the Rinse Cycle. To find ingredients in bulk; Baking Soda, Borax, Washing Soda, Pickling Salt, Citric Acid, Essential Oils


Click on the picture and read the post for directions.

liquid hand soap

Keep a jar of water in your cleaning pantry and add your slivers of soap as you can.

Homemade bleach

You can pour this into a bucket and bleach your non-delicates, or add 1/2 – 1 cup to the wash. To make a disinfectant, add 1 c. of distilled water and 1 c. of the concentrate into a spray bottle and clean like the Home Diva that you are! In bulk; Washing Soda

green cleaning


4 C. Hot Water1 T. Borax1 T. Soap1 T. Washing Soda


furniture repair

You can find my recipe for making Orange Vinegar below. You can find Walnut Oil by clicking on the link.

Soft Scrub

clean silverplate

clean a cutting board


Orange Vinegar

I prefer to use Cleaning Vinegar which has a higher acidity. You can use any citrus peel you want! Try grapefruit, lime, lemon or tangerine!