Frugal & Green Household Cleaning

by Beth Montgomery on February 5, 2010 · 1 comment

in Tips & Basics

The following guest post was written by Heather of My Mother Mode.

Heather is a happy housewife and Christian mother of three little ones that enjoys writing, frugal living, gardening, cooking, traveling, art, and family fun.   Her pre-kid days included a career in the apparel industry – actually getting paid to shop (these days you’ll still find her getting paid to shop – when the coupons match up!)   Catch up with her and find great parenting tips at

Need a floor you actually can eat off?   When there’s a baby crawling around, you certainly do.   Feeling woozy from all those chemical cleaners for which you shelled out top dollar?   (Even if it was triple coupons, was it worth the splitting headache?)   Enter the pantry, a place where you can breathe easier as you discover the (very small) handful of supplies you need for simple, easy-on-the-budget cleaning.

Distilled White Vinegar

  • Mop floors with one cup of vinegar mixed with one gallon of warm water.
  • Clean a nasty microwave the easy way:   In a glass measuring cup, combine 1 cup water with 1/4 cup vinegar.   Cooking on high, boil the mixture for 3 minutes, remove, and wipe down inside of microwave with a damp cloth.
  • Use in place of your fabric softener to soothe sensitive skin – simply add ½ cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.   Vinegar will also assist in breaking down laundry detergent – another plus for irritable skin.   Loving this tip for cloth diapers!

Baking Soda

  • Baking soda is great for scrubbing surfaces.   Use a small amount mixed with the dishwater to scrub away baked-on grease spots in pots and pans.
  • It’s also a natural deodorizer. Place a box in the refrigerator and one in the freezer, and anywhere else that calls for deodorizing action.
  • Sink clogs are no match for vinegar, salt, and baking soda mixed in equal parts.   Pour down the drain, let stand for 1 hour, and rinse with hot tap water.


  • Sprinkle baking soda on the cut section of a lemon to scrub dishes, surfaces, and stains.
  • Mix 1 cup olive oil with ½ cup lemon juice and voila!…instant furniture polish for hardwood furniture.
  • Try running a whole lemon peel – or any citrus peel – through the garbage disposal to freshen the drain…makes the entire kitchen smell fantastic, too!

Turn your spring cleaning into green cleaning with more thrifty household tips at

Note from Beth: Being frugal, I’ve always used baking soda and vinegar to clean my home, but never lemon. I love the scent, so I’m excited to try this one out!   Plus, with all the worries about the environment and as a mother, our children, I like knowing that the products I’m using are all natural.   My kids sometimes do eat off the floor!

So, share with me!   How do you stay green and clean?

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