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Cleaning Green: Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products


Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, eco-friendly, greenliving, protection )

Cher Away
- 524 days ago - livinggreenmag.com
Five years ago, I was watching a news story about a child that got very sick due to an accidental poisoning from a common household cleaner. I always knew about the dangers of these products, but this story hit too close to home.



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Kit B. (277)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 7:57 am

I use all of these and save money not buying the many "pretty" bottles with highly toxic chemicals.


Baking Soda: Provides grit for scrubbing. It reacts with water, vinegar or lemon by fizzing, which speeds up cleaning times.

Borax: Disinfects, bleaches and deodorizes. Very handy in laundry mixes.

Distilled white vinegar: Disinfects and breaks up dirt. Choose white vinegar over apple cider or red, which might stain.

Hydrogen Peroxide: Disinfects and bleaches.

Lemons: Cuts grease. (Bottled lemon juice also works well.)

Olive Oil: Picks up dirt and polishes wood.

Vegetable based (liquid Castile) soap: Non-petroleum all-purpose cleaner.

Washing Soda: Stain remover, general cleaner, helps unblock pipes. Handle with gloves and protective eye ware due to its caustic nature. It is usually found in the laundry aisle of stores.

A little vinegar for pet stains on carpet will get out the stain and the odor, and will dry with no stain or marks.

 

Sara W. (110)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 8:01 am
I'm saving this article so I can hopefully start using my own cleaners!
 

Carol D. (108)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 8:40 am
I agree we did not have all these highly toxic cleaners when i was young nearly everything got cleaned with carbolic or blocks of soap Good tips given

Noted thanks
 

Stephanie Reap (192)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 8:55 am
interesting-thanks for sharing
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 9:03 am
Bookmarked this article and will soon apply these solutions in my home. My cleaning practices are terribly wrong and I am willing to make them greener. The experts of Go Cleaners in Islington know how to impress with green cleaning practices but they didn't reveal their secrets. Visit their website http://gocleanerslondon.co.uk/domestic-cleaning/central-london/islington/.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 9:04 am
Go Cleaners in Isligngton -London domestic cleaning
 

Barbara D. (96)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 9:17 am
Good article. Couldn't live without my Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap. It comes in the greatest scents (peppermint is wonderful for cleaning) and you can turn around and take a nice bath with it when you're done with your chores.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 11:08 am
TU Cher. My wife uses most of these, especially baking soda, vinegar, and castille liquid soap.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 2:51 pm
baking soda and white vinegar - two great products
 

Elizabeth M. (66)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 3:43 pm
Thank You Cher,for posting these great cleaning tips. I bookmarked, even though I use most of them.
 

lori c. (29)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 4:09 pm
thank you
 

Carol H. (229)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 4:20 pm
I use all natural cleaners like the ones in the article but a couple were new to me, thanks Cher, noted
 

Julie E. (347)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 5:31 pm
SHARED!!!
I have been using Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap for years showers and I am just now learning that it does so much more! Yippy! I love the lavender.
Thanks all!
 

Gvapo T. (22)
Friday March 15, 2013, 2:37 am
good article
thanks :)
 

Ben Oscarsito (352)
Friday March 15, 2013, 10:37 am
...I asked my butler, but he refuse to go near the stuff...
 
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