Clean it green

Clean it green

Today I made two cleaning products from this list: the all purpose cleaner and the grout cleaner. The bathroom needed a deep clean and I was fresh out of cleaning products – so it didn’t take me very long to decide on my pin of the day.

Here’s everything I needed for this project:

  • baking soda
  • dishwashing liquid
  • vinegar
  • warm water
  • empty containers
  • measuring spoons and cups


I started with the all purpose cleaner. I remembered from my post for New Food Friday on soda bread that baking soda will create air bubbles in dough when it’s mixed with an acidic ingredient like buttermilk. So I thought I’d better get a large enough container for to mix the ingredients together. I figured this jug was probably big enough. Ha!

First I added the baking soda and the dish washing liquid to the water…

baking soda and dishwashing liquid

…and then I added the vinegar!!!!!


Right… I am now absolutely, positively sure that whomever created that post on DIY cleaning supplies, they did NOT actually test it. The ‘recipe’ if that’s what you want to call it, says to combine ingredients and to shake (!) or stir to mix well. While I was adding the vinegar, each tablespoon already created a think layer of foam on top of the mixture. However, it didn’t start to dramatically froth and overflow until I tried to mix it together with that green ladle. I’m grateful I didn’t put it all in a jar, screwed a lid on top and tried to shaking it to mix it up! Now, only the cutting board got a deep clean, not the entire kitchen.

I put what was left of it in a squirt bottle I had saved from my under the sink purge and hoped for the best.


The grout cleaner is basically just the baking soda with the vinegar mixed up. You then have to apply it to your dirty grouts with an old toothbrush and rinse after 5 minutes.

I quartered the recipe as I was low on vinegar and I didn’t think I would need as much. The recipe says to mix two parts baking soda with one part vinegar.



Here I am hesitantly pouring in the vinegar while at the same time trying to take a picture and getting ready to duck and cover…

baking soda and vinegar

….nothing like the first time – just a little fizzing at the bottom of the jar…


Oh well.

Armed with my two ‘green’ cleaning concoctions I attacked the bathroom and it’s grimy grouts. The verdict? Mwah.

The all purpose cleaner was alright, but I think if I had just put heavily diluted dish washing liquid in my squirt bottle, it would have worked just as fine. Furthermore – I still needed to do some very serious scrubbing and I kind of missed the ‘clean soapy smell’  that regular cleaning products have.

I think you are supposed to use the grout cleaner as soon as you mix it up – I can imagine that the foaming and frothy reaction of the baking soda with the vinegar helps to get the dirt and (in this case) mildew out of your grouts. However, I didn’t really see a difference between before and after applying the paste but at that time it had already stopped fizzing so I think that’s why it didn’t work.

I’m going to look for other recipes on home made cleaning products. Apart from the fact that’s probably a lot cheaper, I like the idea of knowing what is in the stuff you clean your house with. However, adding dish soap to water is not really a DIY cleaning product – that’s just a diluted non-DIY cleaning product.

So the search continues…


  1. I’m in love with vinegar and baking soda cleansers. I keep my proportions a little weird for tile and grout cleaning- I do a tablespoon baking soda and a drop of vinegar, making a thick paste, then really work it in with a toothbrush while it’s still abrasive, and rinse with vinegar. The antibacterial properties of vinegar are through the roof. Hope you find a recipe that works for you- and thanks for proving that not all pins are created equal!

    • Interesting, I hadn’t thought about the antibacterial properties of vinegar! If you have one, what’s your recipe for all purpose cleaner?


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