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Spring Cleaning: Homemade Cleaning Solutions And Green Brands

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Green Clean, Lifestyle | 0 comments

Spring Cleaning: Homemade Cleaning Solutions And Green Brands

My house looked cleaner in the winter. Now that there are bright rays of spring sun shining through the window, the dirt, dust and grime that settled in during the dark winter months are clearly illuminated. If you’re like me and have to admit that your house is in need of more than the usual spot cleaning, it’s time to pick up the tools of the trade and get busy. For those who want to skip the harsh chemicals and take a more natural approach, here are some tips.

Homemade Cleaning Solutions

Now that I mix a lot of my own cleaning solutions and personal products, I sometimes feel like my kitchen is a chemistry lab. Even if science wasn’t your strongest subject in school (it certainly wasn’t mine!), you can make some effective cleaning solutions with products you already have at home.

  • The Daily Green’s slideshow has tips for cleaning everything from hardwood floors to carpets to windows and more.
  • One bottle of this all-purpose cleaning spray will clean your counters, sinks and bathtubs. I’ve used it on mirrors too.
  • Need to unclog drains? Try a simple mix of baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice.
  • Freshen up your sheets and curtains by washing them with a homemade laundry detergent and drying them outside a clothes line.

Green Brands

If you prefer to focus on the cleaning instead of the chemistry, here are some of our favorite commercial brands.

  • Seventh Generation is one of the most well-known green brands and with good reason. They make effective products that are reasonably priced and available at most big box retailers, grocery stores and natural/health food stores. Nicole reviewed their dishwashing gel a few months ago after learning Palmolive’s Eco+ wasn’t as eco-friendly as the name leads one to believe.
  • Earth Friendly Products (Ecos) makes plant-based cleaning products that are environmentally and socially responsible. Check out our review of their laundry detergent which, like all their products, is made in the U.S.
  • Just Naturals is a local company for me, based in Bedford, NH, but they also sell online. The company makes a wide range of natural cleaning products for people and pets as well as personal products. I’ve tried at least a half-dozen different cleaning products from the store and had a great experience with all of them. Since they can be a little pricey, I recommend signing up for the email list to get notices of coupons and sales.

Whether you make your own cleaning solutions or buy them, try using rags, reusable cleaning cloths or squeegees instead of paper towels.

Keep that Fresh Scent in the Air

It feels good to have a clean house and it smells good too. To keep a fresh scent in the air a little longer, mix baking soda and your favorite scented oil for a simple homemade air freshener. Add water and let the solution dry for a deodorizing disk for trash cans and diaper pails. Happy cleaning!

Kim is an eco enthusiast who tries to make small changes that will add up and make a difference.

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