I've made my own, and I've bought stuff by 7th Generation, BioKleen, Ecover, Dr. Bronners, and Mrs. Meyers.
I like 7th Generation dish soap, and I like Mrs. Meyers for cleaning counters and that kind of thing. I feel like they work better than homemade stuff, but maybe that's just because there is a scent involved and so it smells clean to me when it's done.
What experiences do you have? Do you have any favorite recipes for green cleaning products?
Well, baking soda and vinegar are my two favorite go-to items for cleaning. I also add baking soda to most of the purchased cleaning products that I use.
For purchasing, my favorites are:
7th generation laundry detergent and dish soap
ecover dishwasher tabs
Mrs Meyers for hand soap
We used baking soda for hard water, but now don't have that problem. I don't know why I don't love it as much but I don't. (also, random note, but be really careful using baking soda on your hair)
I've seen sites that insist that basically all you need to clean 99% of household messes are vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, hot water, and elbow grease- I can believe that.
1/2 cup baking soda plus 1/2 cup vinegar. Put the baking soda into the drain first then the the vinegar. I like how this create a bubble which means its working . Add 2 quarts of hot water then there you go. A clean, working drain. Works all the time.
Last edited by mskohls; 08-09-2014 at 11:22 AM.
For the Sal Suds I have used it in the dishwasher, my washing machine, as a toilet cleaner, and as an all purpose spray/mopping solution/glass cleaner diluted. Even my totally non-crunchy BF hasn't complained. It works well in everything though I also usually add a little tea tree oil to the diluted versions. I found it worked better as a cleaner than the Dr Bronner castille soaps. I live on a busy street and get a lot of soot. The regular soap attracted too much of the soot and dust unless I went back over everything with vinegar. I don't have that issue with the sal suds. It also has a mild pine scent.
I also use Bon Ami which is about $1 - so close to the cost of baking soda. The ingredients are very simple and it gets an A rating in the skin deep database. I prefer it over baking soda because I feel it does a better scouring job on difficult build up than baking soda and the price is reasonable. I will use baking soda as a backup if I run out but I have to scrub a lot more. I use this on my stainless, sinks, range, and shower glass doors (seems to remove the hard water buildup pretty well).