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Cleaning Green: Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Products

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- 1895 days ago -
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 (276)
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 Williams (8)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 8:01 am
I'm saving this article so I can hopefully start using my own cleaners!

Past Member (0)
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

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

Past Member (0)
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.

. (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 2:51 pm
baking soda and white vinegar - two great products

Elizabeth M (65)
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 (405)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 5:31 pm
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 O (171)
Friday March 15, 2013, 10:37 am
...I asked my butler, but he refuse to go near the stuff...
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