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#1 of 9 Old 03-19-2013, 01:09 PM - Thread Starter
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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?

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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


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Baking soda and corn starch are my favorites. Until now I'm still adding these to the cleaning products that I use.
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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.

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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.
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I love my vinegar and baking soda!! Use it on everything from toilets to cleaning spills on carpet from kiddos:smiley: I have even tried this one with things from my pantry!!!
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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).
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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.
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