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post #31 of 45

I wrote this blog recently about exactly that. Basically to summarise:

 

Vinegar - amazing stuff, works to clean pretty much anything and amazingly does NOT leave a vinegary smell once dried :)

 

Baking Soda - literally absorbs smells from the atmosphere. So okay, not exactly 'cleaning', but if you want a much healthier alternative to all those horrible room fresher sprays, this is it.

 

Lemon Juice - another amazing cleaner that can get rid of limescale, just leave it on there for a bit before wiping away.

post #32 of 45

I wrote this blog recently about exactly that smile.gif Basically to summarise: 


Vinegar - amazing stuff, works to clean pretty much anything and amazingly does NOT leave a vinegary smell once dried :) 

Baking Soda - literally absorbs smells from the atmosphere. So okay, not exactly 'cleaning', but if you want a much healthier alternative to all those horrible room fresher sprays, this is it. 

Lemon Juice - another amazing cleaner that can get rid of limescale, just leave it on there for a bit before wiping away.

post #33 of 45

I wrote this blog recently about exactly that (apparently I can't post a link here - my comment doesn't get approved) Basically to summarise: 

Vinegar - amazing stuff, works to clean pretty much anything and amazingly does NOT leave a vinegary smell once dried :) 

Baking Soda - literally absorbs smells from the atmosphere. So okay, not exactly 'cleaning', but if you want a much healthier alternative to all those horrible room fresher sprays, this is it. 

Lemon Juice - another amazing cleaner that can get rid of limescale, just leave it on there for a bit before wiping away.

post #34 of 45

Good old vinegar, baking soda and soap are the best and cheapest green products.

post #35 of 45

I tend to favor DIY house cleaning solutions like vinegar and baking soda, both of which have a million and one uses. You can even use discarded orange peels mixed with white vinegar to create a scented green surface cleaning solution. But, there are also house cleaning services that use green cleaning products. You could have them in to clean and pick their brain for what cleaning products they use.

post #36 of 45

The Environmental Working Group's Guide to Healthy Cleaning is published: http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners

Some people have complained about the poor ratings of many green companies... It's because the ratings are also based on disclosure and manufacture - "Disclosure Concern: non-specific ingredient." They state in the first paragraph on the home page, "EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning reviews and rates more than 2,000 popular household cleaning products with grades A through F, based on the safety of their ingredients and the information they disclose about their contents."

If the green companies start listing what the actual ingredients are in their "surfactants" etc. (similar to the hidden ingredients in "fragrance") we'll all be better off. And there are companies out there using essential oils irresponsibly, so I'm guessing that if they disclose their manufacturing processes they will receive better ratings. At least, that's how it worked for cosmetics companies and their use of essential oils.

post #37 of 45

I wrote another blog on this topic recently :) Added in cornstarch and salt too!

 

http://www.improveyourhomeandgarden.com/five-green-kitchen-cupboard-essentials-for-cleaning

post #38 of 45

I agree. Baking soda is one of the most amazing cleaning products. I run a <a href="http://goldenshine.com/green-cleaning.php">Green cleaning</a> service, and am always happy when we can educate our clients in how to more safely clean their homes.

post #39 of 45
In my house we use a product called L.O.C. legacy of clean. This stuff is great and they make a bunch of different green products but specifically the cleaning liquid is great because you can use it on anything water can be on and its in a concentrated form so its space saving also. You can get it at http://www.amway.com/Shop/Search/SearchResults.aspx?searchkeyword=loc&pwsID=WillTolleson.
post #40 of 45

Going green with cleaning products is actually one of the easiest things to do, no specialty stores or products are really needed. With vinegar and baking soda you can clean just about anything in your entire house. Alternatively, if you decide to go the route of hiring professional help there are house cleaning services in Phoenix (or your local city) that use environmentally friendly cleaning products.

post #41 of 45

Oxygen bleaches are a good choice from most cleaning tasks. They release oxygen ions, which act as stain removers and does the destaining and deodorizing. They break down into oxygen, water and natural soda ash, making it environmentally friendly.

post #42 of 45

Citra Solv cleaner or their Home Solv line is a great option too. You can go to www.citrasolv.com to find where their products are sold? They have been around for a long time.

post #43 of 45
I've been using this natural green product called Sol-u-Mel. The main ingredient in this is a special kind of Teatree oil mixed with natural herbs and other natural ingredients. The really great thing about it though is that it is tough it can remove carpet stains and also just be used as an every day cleaner. Another cool thing about it is the company I get it from ships the product out as a concentrate so you actually get seven full-sized Windex bottles full of Solu-Mel out of one bottle concentrate so the companies actually saving plastic and there for helping the environment. I think that's pretty cool
post #44 of 45
I've been using this natural green product called Sol-u-Mel. The main ingredient in this is a special kind of Teatree oil mixed with natural herbs and other natural ingredients. The really great thing about it though is that it is tough it can remove carpet stains and also just be used as an every day cleaner. Another cool thing about it is the company I get it from ships the product out as a concentrate so you actually get seven full-sized Windex bottles full of Solu-Mel out of one bottle concentrate so the companies actually saving plastic and there for helping the environment. I think that's pretty cool
post #45 of 45

Freshana (http://FreshanaOrganic.com) wins hands down! Here's a quote from Dr. Sandy D.:  

 

"... I have 2 little "house-mutts" , and am always concerned about pet odors. Now be warned-- this is a true but disgusting story: several weeks ago one of my dogs did a "sneaky poop" that I found. After disposing the poop into a plastic bag, I decided " just for fun" to spray Freshana inside the poopy bag to see how it affected the odor-- OMG, I couldn't smell the poop!! That's when I knew Freshana was the real deal..."

 

Our goal is to make the world a safer, cleaner place. At Freshana Organic Solutions, we aim to change the way people look at “organic.” No longer do you have to give up quality for safe cleaning. In other words, our Air Purifier & Cleaning Products work as well or BETTER than poison products — and they are totally organic and safe. Other major manufacturers of “odor eliminators” design products that don’t actually “eliminate”; they simply “mask” odors, propagating the environment with harsh chemicals and a strong “replacement” scent that is intended to only "disguise" the hydrocarbon odor. By only masking, these products infuse the environment with chemicals that can be harmful to people and pets or instigate a very strong allergic reaction.

Freshana products were designed specifically to correct this wrong, by using an ingenious and complex blend of natural ingredients and a state of the art microencapsulation process in a patented formula to eliminate the hydrocarbon odors naturally and almost instantly.

 

The Freshana line of products are revolutionizing industries: hotel, manufacturing, and, soon, the oil industry – and you can have all three industries right in your own home or small business – and you can have it all in one pleasing bottle and one colorful aerosol can.

 

Our organic cleaners don’t “mask” odors like harsh or “scented” products on store shelves. They actually get rid of messes and odors and leave you with an odor-free, toxic-free environment. Saving you time and money. Freshana® is the ONLY patented, all-natural, food-grade, 100% organic, complete remediator in the world! Freshana is totally Green, made from nine plants from around the world. No need to put Freshana in locked cabinets. All nine ingredients in Freshana are what’s known in the scientific community as “food grade.” They are as safe as regular foods for you and your family. And they are safe for cloth and furniture, including drapes, carpets, sheets and clothes.

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