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Anyone run a "green" home? What do you use in place of regular cleaning products?

I am trying to become more "green" what kind of things should I use to clean?


Asked by Anonymous at 7:01 PM on Jan. 23, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • This Is what we use for most cleaning (initially used as part of my daughter's 6th grade science fair project). It is cheap (my favorite) and non-toxic.
    1/4 cup white vinegar
    3/4 cup warm tap water
    1 tablespoon baking soda
    10 drops of tea tree oil (antibacterial, antifungal, etc.)
    2 drops oil of lavender essential oil (optional) (antiseptic and smells nice)
    For extra scrubbing, I make a paste with salt, baking soda and vinegar.

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:14 PM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • Vinegar, water and baking soda. ....cleans about everything. I cleared my bath tub clog by using vinegar, baking soda and a plunger. I clean my whole kitchen with vinegar and water. I use baking soda to help scrub off the more difficult stuff (like the red ink that my son smeared all over my white kitchen floor). etc.

    There are a couple green living groups here on CM. Check 'em out!

    Answer by outstandingLove at 7:12 PM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • My all purpose cleaner is a spray bottle half filled with water half with white vinegar and then 20 drops tea tree oil and 10 drops lavander oil. I use baking soda mixed with water as a scrub. If you need any home recipes for laundry detergents or anything you should join the group Green organic natural simple living They are very supportive and the forums are filled with recipes.

    Answer by tanya_marieh at 7:15 PM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • Vinegar, water, lemon juice & baking soda are the biggies for an all-purpose type cleaner and I use borax for really heavy cleaning, like the bbq grill grate.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:33 PM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • Everthing everyone else has posted, plus my steamer. I love my steamer b/c it sanitizes as it cleans, which in turn means I have to clean less often (think mold in the bathroom - it takes longer for it to come back after I've steamed the tile clean). I can also use my steamer on just about anything and it cuts down my cleaning time because there's no scrubbing to be done for most things.

    Answer by Anonymous at 7:35 PM on Jan. 23, 2010