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
Baking soda and corn starch are my favorites. Until now I'm still adding these to the cleaning products that I use.
Vinegar is definitely my favorite. I'm not totally sure if rubbing alcohol counts as green, but my all-purpose cleaner is a mix of water, rubbing alcohol, and vinegar (equal parts)- works great. I even use it as a floor wash (I've found that I prefer spraying the floor rather than using a bucket). You can add essential oils to it as well, I just can't figure out where to get any. It cleans the dishwasher and removes cigarette smoke. I used half vinegar/half water to clean bottles and also to soak the Lact-Aid. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is also great for your body- internally and externally- but white vinegar is way cheaper and works great as a household cleaner.
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.
Vinegar and baking soda. Perfect natural cleaning combination. The local cleaning maids here in Spokane
taught me this neat trick.
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.
I've gone back and forth a few times too between cleaning products and a few brand names. I have settled on the following a combination of Dr. Bronners Sal Suds and Bon Ami.
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).
I like using vinegar as well, sometimes I add some lemon juice into it, to give a nice scent and extra cleaning power. I'll also use isopropyl alcohol to cut through gummy substances and like that it evaporates quite quickly with no residue left behind.
My vote is also for vinegar. We use it everywhere or every surface. For tough stains we use soap with warm water, then plain water and wash it with a squeegee. A mixture of baking soda, lemon juice and vinegar is best to provide perfect cleaning or shine to the floor.
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The main product the multi purpose cleaner has all these benefits:
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And some videos
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Naturally Derived Ingredients
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Many competitors’ “green” cleaning products simply
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