Cleaning products

10 ways to Green Your Cleaning products

Chemicals in cleaning products can contaminate ecosystems, cause skin irritation, and pollute the air inside your home. The simplest (and cheapest) way to keep cleaning chemicals out of your home and the waste stream is to use safe, simple ingredients, like vinegar and baking soda, that you probably already have on hand in their place. Save even more money (and landfill space) by reusing T-shirts, socks, newspapers, and more as rags and mops. If you do choose to buy commercial cleaning products, make sure they are made with natural, plant-based ingredients.

  1. Buy natural household cleaners

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    Eco-friendly cleaning products allow you to keep a clean house without toxic chemicals that can affect the environment and your health.

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  2. Make your own household cleaning supplies

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    Cut costs, reduce waste, and clean safely by mixing basic cleaners to clean hard surfaces at home.

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  3. Use castile soap

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    Castile soap is a pure, vegetable soap that's safe and biodegradable. Clean your home and everything in it, including floors, dishes, your body, and your pet.

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  4. Use a natural drain cleaner

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    Drain cleaners are among the most toxic household cleaning supplies. Keep chemicals out of the water supply by opting for natural alternatives.

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  5. Choose natural laundry detergent

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    Launder naturally by avoiding chemical cleaning agents that may affect ecosystems by contaminating soil and groundwater.

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  6. Choose natural dishwashing soap

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    Protect your hands and the environment while getting dishes clean and streak-free with safe and natural dishwashing detergents.

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  7. Choose natural metal polishes

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    From shining silver to loosening the grime around taps and tires, a few simple ingredients are all you need to make your fixtures sparkle from the kitchen to the garage.

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  8. Reuse household items to make cleaning supplies

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    Rags, dust mitts, scrubbers, and more can be made out of what you already have around the house.

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  9. Choose eco-friendly paper towels

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    Give your clean-up a little green-up with paper towels made from recycled fibers and without bleach.

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  10. Just use water !

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    Sometimes basic water and a cloth is all you need for the job. Saves money, no detergents down the drain. Simple.

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Comments

09/22/2008
2:17pm
bubblegumgirl

For dusting, forget the expensive dusting products (even the natural ones!) -- simple water on a cloth will work for 99% of the jobs.

09/24/2008
2:13pm
toenopaw

Thats a very good point, but be careful using just water on wood furniture, it can dry the wood out and ruin your dresser!

09/24/2008
5:13pm
bubblegumgirl

good point, toenopaw -- whats *your* favorite "natural" product for cleaning wood?

03/05/2010
3:29pm
kangat

I really love mixing vinegar and oil (olive or vegtable whatever you have on hand is fine) and lemon juice or lemon essential oil to polish my furniture. If you use lemon juice be sure to keep any left overs in the fridge.

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