CLEAN & GREEN: Earth Day Every Day in your Kitchen and Bathroom

These items—tissues, toilet paper, toothpaste, sponges, snack bags, etc. are made without plastic and some are made from recycled paper. Check out your local health food store or CVS. (Local store carries Clean Cult items.)

When I was a briefing leader for The Hunger Project, one of the “slogans” was: Each Person Can Make a Difference. I believe that, so while I donate to organizations that address ecological issues, in my own home I can reduce my use of plastics and toxic products to reduce Mother Nature’s job of cleaning up the environment.

One of the members of our local senior center, Pauline, keeps me posted on plastics pollution, cleaning products, etc., so I am passing along this information to you. I have been buying or making “cleaner” cleaning items. Above is a photo of some of my recent purchases, and according to Pauline, our local CVS carries Clean Cult Eco products, which I will check out soon.

Here are the links to what Pauline discussed in a recent ZOOM class on the environment. Thanx, Pauline.


                            Rating Cleaning Products


Here’s link for Environmental Working Group that rates cleaning products:



Article on Cleaning Products to Avoid:


                               VIDEO CLEANING RECIPES: YOU TUBE




Multi-Purpose Cleaner

2 cups of vinegar & 2 cups of water & few drops of essential oil (lavender or lemon)


Bathroom cleaner

1 cup alcohol, 1 cup vinegar, 1.5 cups distilled water & essential oil.


Toilet Cleaner

1 cup baking soda, 1 cup Castile soap, 2 cups distilled water.


Glass cleaner

1.5 cup alcohol, 1.5 cups distilled water, 1.5 tablespoons of vinegar


Floor cleaner (from video)

Bottle of pure Castile liquid soap, couple drops of essential oil.  Put a couple of drops of this in a bucket of water. (Some folks do not recommend Castiile soap for floors, so I’ve included another recipe below.)


Pauline’s general purpose floor cleaner

2 cups warm water, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol, 3 drops liquid dish soap, essential oil (lavender, lemon, peppermint)  Put into a spray bottle and spray on a small area of the floor and mop; repeat for entire floor.


Here’s a recipe Pauline found for wood floors (not in video)

Wood floor cleaner

1 gallon hot water, 3/4 cup olive oil, 1/2 cut lemon juice


Be clear, there are MANY DIY recipes for homemade cleaning products.  Here are two more links:


Companies selling non-toxic cleaning products








There are more!  Try to avoid the ones that sell non-toxic cleaning products in plastic containers!!!

P.S. I have been writing to compnaies that make non-toxic products but use plastic containers. ellensue


FINAL NOTE from ellensue: Just think! You can celebrate Earth Day Every Day each time you pick up a sponge, open a cardboard box of dishwasher soap, or brush your teeth using toothpaste in a glass jar. I call this idea “Back to the Future” and have posted some of this info earlier. You may have to change some of your ideas of convenience, but Mother Earth will thank you, every day! And so will I!



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