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Host a green cleaning party and receive a copy of my green cleaning stickers for your homemade products! (Design and photo credit: Erika Rathje)

Real change happens at the local level. Why wait for it to come to you?

Take initiative and make a difference in your community by organizing a clothing swap, block party, e-waste drive or my favourite—a green cleaning workshop!

Here's how:

Plan your event as part of an evening with friends, baby shower or a lunch n' learn at the office. Invite your family, neighbours, friends, co-workers, the parents at your kids' school, or the book club.

Make these three green cleaning recipes

1. Borax-free liquid laundry soap
2. All-purpose cleaner spray
3. All-purpose cleaner scour

Download a copy of my green cleaning recipes for each participant.

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Supplies

  • Stainless steel bowls
  • Spatulas
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Ask each guest to bring three empty containers to reuse (glass pickle jars or plastic yogurt containers); have extras on hand

Ingredients

  • Baking soda (buy in bulk)
  • Salt (buy in bulk)
  • A box of borax (check your laundry aisle)
  • 1 – 2 L of liquid castile soap (scented or unscented)
  • White vinegar
  • Warm tap water

Divide people into groups of three or four to make a big batch of each recipe they can split up to take home. Or, each individual can mix a small amount directly into a reusable jar. (For example, to make the laundry soap, add one scoop of salt and two scoops of baking soda to a 500 ml jar ¾ full of warm water, then stir. Once the solution is dissolved, top it up with liquid castile soap and voila!)

Will you host a green cleaning workshop?

If you commit to one, comment on this blog before June 25th and I'll send you a sheet of green cleaning recipe stickers for each participant to label his or her homemade products.

Sincerely,
Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green

May 20, 2012
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/queen-of-green/2012/05/host-a-green-cleaning-party/

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25 Comments

Jun 30, 2013
3:57 PM

Hi !!! I know the post says before June 25th … but I am hosting one home-made cleaning party July 14th ! It could be great if the offer still stands :)

May 06, 2013
10:14 AM

Just wondering if Pink Solution is as safe as they say?I heard it was made with sea kelp,and coconut oil and a few other things. the guy at Costco doing the demo says he uses it for shaving and puts it on his feet to help his calluses. I know it’s not a disinfectant, and It does cut through grease,as I have used it for that, but just wondering is it really that natural?

Jul 11, 2012
2:15 PM

I love this article!

I'd also love to know how you feel about Norwex — have you heard of it before? It's cleaning with only water and a cloth. Cleaning EVERYTHING — like your toilet.

Thanks!

Jun 26, 2012
10:06 AM

Darn, I'm a day late! I get your newsletter at work and am only back from my holiday today, can I still get the label sheet by e-mail to print it out? Thank you! And thank you for your excellent work!

Jun 22, 2012
12:12 PM

This was just the incentive I needed to commit to hosting a lunch n learn at my office. Thanks Lindsay!

Jun 21, 2012
2:17 PM

I will definitely do this. I'm working on a water conservation and stewardship project and this will be a great event for me to host!! Please send me the recipes and stickers!

Jun 08, 2012
9:56 AM

I know a few friends that would love to do this with me. Please send the labels and we will get together and make the products. Thank you

Jun 08, 2012
9:24 AM

I'm in for hosting a party, and would love to have some labels to go along with our new products! Thanks!

Jun 08, 2012
5:29 AM

What a fantastic idea!! I would love to hold a green cleaning party, and having labels would be lovely. Congratulations on your pregnancy! Wishing you a happy, healthy pregnancy.

Jun 07, 2012
12:45 PM

Thanks for the idea of a green cleaning party- I am going to get some other moms together on the street and host an event at my house one night this month! Would love to be able to provide the stickers to everyone to label their products! Congratulations on your pregnancy!

Jun 07, 2012
10:18 AM

I love this idea. Do you have a suggestion on what types of containers to use for each cleaner type? I would like to Host a cleaner making party. Sandra Guelph ON

Jun 07, 2012
9:38 AM

I love this idea! It would be a great project for a scout or church group. I'll try to convince mine to take this on!

Jun 07, 2012
9:33 AM

What a great idea! My baby shower is coming up in a few months and I'm definitely going to add this to the "games" part of the day :)

Jun 07, 2012
9:32 AM

Awesome idea, Lindsay! Definitely going to gather the friends and host one of these DIY green cleaning parties. Maybe a little brunch or afternoon tea while we're at it :) Love to have the stickers, too, if you still have some left.

Thanks so much! And Congrats on your wonderful baby-to-come news! Best wishes for a happy and healthy pregnancy!

May 27, 2012
6:04 AM

Amazing idea! I'm always looking for ways to have people over and share info about greener living. This does both! I am definitely planning on hosting a green cleaning workshop! I'd really appreciate it if you could send me the stickers!

Thank you!

May 25, 2012
8:44 PM

I think this is a WONDERFUL idea. I work for Clearly Contacts and would love to implement this into a lunch and learn and ongoing for our cleaning products. I did a project for my advertising class on local company Pink Solution. They are a non toxic all purpose cleaner and are FANTASTIC. They gave all 5 of my group member’s huge buckets for samples, and I love it. Will definitely try the homemade version though as well :)

May 22, 2012
4:41 PM

This would be a great idea to host at universities at the beginning of each semester. It would be a good way to meet people and help each other out. Especially with student budgets.

May 22, 2012
2:17 PM

Hello,

What a fabulous idea! I'd love to host a green cleaning party. Can you please send me stickers?

Thanks so much! Sabrina

May 22, 2012
12:27 PM

Christine, I have many recipes, how-to videos and photo albums showing people how to make safe, nontoxic cosmetics. Go on my Facebook page and find the recipes under "Notes". Also, check my photo albums there.

Or, use the search engine on this site and search "green spa" for 3 PDFs of recipes. Have fun, Queen of Green

May 22, 2012
12:04 AM

I plan on hosting a DIY Green Cleaners Workshop at work. I m excited to share all the tips and recipes I learned at your workshop at The Soap Dispensary. Thanks again for that experience!

May 21, 2012
9:00 PM

Count me in to host a "green party"

May 21, 2012
7:24 PM

i'll host a green cleaning party! would love the labels, thanks!

May 21, 2012
11:30 AM

I made all of the cleaning products and they work fine. Could you post some recipes for homemade shampoo, conditioner. Thank you.

May 21, 2012
11:25 AM

Sounds like fun! I'll definitely host one.

May 21, 2012
10:26 AM

I will definitely host this :)

It is a great idea…and we are really trying to bring our community closer and it seems to be working so far…this is an area that holds a lot of interest here.

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