Monday, September 24, 2007

Greener Cleaners

This month's Parenting magazine has a great article about how to clean your house without all the harsh chemicals. It's a nice review of greener cleaners. We try to use green cleaners to reduce the number of chemicals the girls breath in and touch.

One of my favorites is using baking soda to clean sinks, tubs, etc. It's a great cleaner and really inexpensive. You can also use baking soda to gently remove stains from your laminate countertops.

If you want to really save money and help the environment, you can read the article at your local library. Our twin girls LOVE to go to the library. It's a win-win outing for you and the kids.


Anonymous said...

Baking soda is a wonder (we buy it in the big bulk bags at Costco)! So many uses... deoderizer for the carpet - sprinkle on and let sit for 15 min before you vacuum (a must with 3 dogs), tub & sink cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner (with a little dish soap - though that might not be considered 'green'). The other wonder cleaner is Vinegar... cleans windows, great for keeping mildew in check in the bathroom (due to it's Ph, I think), air freshner, kills pet urine smell (again... the 3 dogs), rust marks, mineral deposits... etc, etc.

Julie K said...

A great book on cleaning is "Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean" by Linda Cobb (also has a "Talking Dirty Laundry with the Queen of Clean). Not necessarily green, and she does recommend some few products, but is a lot of home receipes (or use of items you might not expect) to clean various things. A great reference. The basics roughly being White Vinegar, Ammonia, Baking Soda and Borax.

CT said...

Bon Ami is another great cleaner (not as economical as baking soda...but in a can made of recycled cardboard and it gets out stains too.

Another item is OxyClean. It is a surprisingly good substitute for bleach and a lot safer.