Green Cleaning

woman doing housekeeping When I was a young house keeper, I cleaned with whatever worked. I knew some of the products were harsh, but hey, they worked.

I even did something really stupid once that caused me life long health problems. I cleaned a bathroom with a combination of bleach and a product that had ammonia as one of it’s ingredients. That can be lethal and it has caused me  problems ever since. I was young. I was stupid.

The older I get, the more I notice that some cleaners sold at stores  effect my health in a negative way. It makes me worry for my little granddaughter who is here with me most of the time. It also makes me worry for the environment.

I now try to find green cleaners to use in place of the harsh cleaners I have used in the past. And for the most part, the ones I use work as well or better as their harsher counterparts.

We are exposed to so many toxins every day, it’s no wonder so many of us are developing sensitivities to them. Many of the toxins are things we can’t control. Fortunately what we use to clean with is something we can control.

There are cleaners you can make yourself but fortunately there are non toxic earth friendly cleaners you can buy too. Just be sure to read the labels and avoid anything with strange sounding words or chlorine, ammonia, and dyes.

There are a lot of new cleaners on the market but a good old fashioned cleaner you can by is Bon Ami.

Some of my favorite cleaners that I make are:

  • Lemon juice mixed with a little Borax to clean toilet bowls.
  • White vinegar is great for cleaning and deodorizing a lot of things, including deodorizing your laundry.
  • Add one part  water to one part white vinegar to clean counter tops, and appliances.
  • Rubbing alcohol does a great job on glass surfaces, mirrors, and faucets.
  • For a great hardwood floor cleaner, mix 1 tablespoon Castile Soap, 3 cups water and 3 cups of white vinegar together.
  • Baking soda is great for neutralizing smells so you can use it in diaper pails, on your carpets instead of commercial carpet deodorizers, and cat boxes.
  • For soap scum in your bathroom, spray first with your white vinegar/water solution and then use baking soda as a mild abrasive to scrub the scum away.
  • Mayonnaise will get rid of water marks on wood furniture. Just rub some into the stain and leave on over night. The next morning, wipe it away.
  • 1 part of lemon juice to 2 parts of olive oil makes a great furniture polish.

I know there are plenty other homemade green cleaners and store bought green cleaners available too.  I haven’t actually bought very many commercial green cleaners so if anyone has any good recommendations for some, I’d love to know what you use and like.

Cathy

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  1. Tammy says:

    I’m popping over from Maggie’s to say hello. Love this post. I keep saying I will make some of my own cleaners but haven’t done so yet. Jane at Mamie Jane’s posted a piece of wood she had polished with lemon juice and olive oil. Boy did it work great! I live in a desert country, a very dry and dusty environment, so the wood pieces I have need all the help they can get. Will have to make a concerted effort to start making some of my own cleaners. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Tammy

  2. mommacat says:

    So glad you dropped by Tammy! Yes, do try making your own cleaners. I only do the really easy ones to make and they do work just as well as commercial products.

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