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I have finally convinced my DH to get rid of the cleaners that we use now for more natural non toxic cleaning supplies. Im looking for suggestions on what to buy <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> im not familar with any brands. Thank You!
 

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Microfiber towels - all you need is water, and they clean so well (especially greasey surfaces) because they suck up so much dirt! And you can buff everything to a shine if you follow up with a dry towel. I've found them at Target and other stores in the car wash department. To clean, just throw in the wash or wash out with soap and hot water. If you can find a microfiber mop, they're great for floors. I hardly use chemical cleaners anymore, except to clean the inside of toilets.
 

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Since you are just starting out, I would suggest buying a bottle of concentrated all-purpose cleaner (and, a trigger spay bottle), a bottle of cheap white vinegar and a box of baking soda.<br><br>
Try a 50/50 water & vinegar solution in your spray bottle and hit the mirrors and windows, and your bathroom tiles. Scrub your sinks with baking soda. Hit the floors with your all-purpose cleaner. Green cleaning is addictive! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
For what it is worth, these are some of my preferences for brand products:<br><br>
All-Purpose Cleaners:<br>
Mrs. Meyers All-Purpose (concentrated; it also comes in a non-concentrated, diluted, formulation packaged in a spray bottle)<br>
Bi-O-Kleen All-Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser (concentrated)<br>
Seventh Generation multi-purpose (not available as a concentrate)<br><br>
For Carpets:<br>
Earth Friendly Products Carpet Shampoo<br><br>
For Glass/Windows:<br>
Seventh Generation Glass & Surface Cleaner<br>
(Mrs. Meyers All-Purpose Cleaner is also great on glass and windows)<br><br>
For Floors:<br>
BabyGanics Floor Cleaner<br>
(All-purpose cleaners are good too)<br><br>
For Scouring:<br>
Bon Ami Cleanser<br>
Bi-O-Kleen Soy Cream Cleaner for Kitchen & Bathroom<br><br>
For Toilets:<br>
Ecover Toilet Bowl Cleaner<br><br>
Daily Shower Spray:<br>
Method Daily Shower Cleaner (it is heavily scented, make sure it is a scent you can live with)<br><br>
For Stains:<br>
Bi-O-Kleen Bac-Out<br><br>
If you have difficulty finding green products locally, try <a href="http://www.drugstore.com" target="_blank">www.drugstore.com</a>, under the "Natural" subheading (except, Method brand products are listed under "Household"). They often advertise free shipping for orders over $25, though in checking now I see it's their usual offer of free shipping for orders over $49.
 

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Sorry to hijack, but any suggestions for auto. dishwashing? I've tried biokleen (love it for all else but this) and eco something? but nothing works as good as the stuff my mom bought and used when she came to visit and help with the new baby. There is no Whole Foods or anything like that nearby, so it'd have to be online. Thanks!
 

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I absolutely love love love cleaning with vinegar. I also do the 50/50 water and vinegar....i use it for everything!!!!!! it works so well...i just cleaned the vinyl in my car with this and it deodorized everything and got rid of stains in a flash, it was wonderful...i am a freak for vinegar...i also read that you can use vasoline to make your vinyl shine!!!! i haven't tried it yet but seems like it would work pretty good. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I have bought a ton of stuff from this one site. The best items I use are the <a href="http://www.simplygoodstuff.com/microfiber_mops.htm" target="_blank">microfiber mop</a> and <a href="http://www.simplygoodstuff.com/microfiber_cloth.html" target="_blank">microfiber cloths</a>. Just use water and they clean great. Probably better than when I used the regular stuff. There are many other all natural cleaning supplies on the site too. Check it out---> <a href="http://www.simplygoodstuff.com" target="_blank">www.simplygoodstuff.com</a>
 

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<a href="http://www.ecos.com/" target="_blank">http://www.ecos.com/</a><br><br>
I have used a lot of their products and love them all. You should be able to find a good selection at any natural food store. They are very effective, and most are concentrated and can easily be dilluted for longer lasting products. Do you have the old issues of mothering? There was a good article a couple issues back about cleaning alternatives using a lot of white vinegar & borax.<br><br>
I also love biokleen and ecover products.
 

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I use lots of the Seventh Generation products...laundry, dishwasher, all purpose...I've been really happy with the producsts and keep going back to them..<br><br>
I did think I would give the vinegar mix a try soon though
 

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i like seventh generations and u can print coupons at <a href="http://www.seventhgeneration.com" target="_blank">www.seventhgeneration.com</a> Also I like Ecover and they will mail u coupons if u contact them through the website <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
also, baking soda, vinegar, peroxide, and borax are all great natual cleaners
 

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We love Bi-O-Kleen products! The All-Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser (concentrated) last forever! I love the laundry detergent (has grapefruit in it - mmmm) ,Bac-Out and Soy toilet cleaner. I like Ecover dish soap better though.<br>
The micro fiber cloths are wonderful - I use them on the swifter.
 

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Well, first let me commend you and your DH on taking this step-it is a big one for your health and the health of the environment. I wrote quite a bit about natural cleaning products (making your own, basic ingredients, resources, recipes, etc.) on my blog <a href="http://crunchyparent.com/?p=17" target="_blank">here.</a><br><br>
If I had to use only one store-bought cleaning product I would absolutely choose <a href="http://crunchyparent.com/?p=18" target="_blank">Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds</a>. It is all-natural, very concentrated, and works on floors, counters, deep-cleaning, etc. It is awesome. My DH used it a couple weeks back to clean out the inside of our (nasty) fridge and her was so amazed, he kept talking about it all day long. It really is fantastic stuff.
 

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Seventh Generation works so well in my dishwasher, we don't even miss a rinse agent. Seriously! No build up, no water spots, and no mineral deposits. It works great! Love it!
 

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Since making the switch, I have fallen in love with Borax. This stuff does it all! I use it to clean toilets, showers, tubs, sinks, the grim that builds up around faucets and drains, a laundry booster, and carpet stains. In my opinion, it works much better (and faster) then Ajax or something like it, AND it rinses clean! (as in no soap suds to try to ring out of a clothe or sponge a gazillion times)<br><br>
Also, white vinegar does a few things that I love. It cleans windows and mirrors really well, disinfects counters, and make a great fabric softener for your laundry. (Just make a 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water for all purpose cleaning. I like to add TTO also. It helps to disinfect and smells nice.)<br><br>
A few posters have mentioned microfiber clothes and I completely agree with them! They work great! That's what I use to dust with (either wet or dry) and then I use <a href="http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/it.A/id.132/.f" target="_blank">Beeautiful Beeswax Polish</a> to do some of my heirloom wood pieces. It works well, smells divine in either scent (I prefer lemon), and is made in small batches by a craftswomen in Michigan.<br><br>
For dishes I use Seventh Generation products and have found them to be great!<br><br>
For my laundry, I use Arm & Hammer Essentials and have been really pleased. The scent seems to bother some people and not others. I'd prefer a free and clear version, but it's the best product out there for my dollar, so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> .<br><br>
For the floor I use Method products. I'm sort of indifferent at this point to the actual cleaning solution (but LOVE the microfiber pad you use to mop) and could easily use something different if I found something better that was affordable.<br><br><br>
Congrats on making the switch! I hope some of these suggestions help in your natural cleaning adventures!
 

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I use<br>
Allen's Naturally for dishwasher and laundry. The 5lb box of laundry deterg last me 3-4mos, even washing cloth dipes. The dw deterg lasted about as long.<br>
Bonami for kitchen/sink/bathroom. Also Borax for bathroom really kills mildew. Vinegar for countertops and cutting boards, 1:1 w/ water. I use Ecover's floor cleaner concentrate in my Swiffer wetjet w/ microfiber clothes. Microfiber clothes in general are INVALUBLE to naturally cleaning your home. I dust with just those and a water spritzer.<br><br>
I also make some spray cleaners, but all the recipes are from the book "Better basics for the home".. I HIGHLY recommend this book. It has recipes for ANYTHING around the home, and a ton of great tips. Kind of like the Heloise books of the natural living world...<br>
HTH!!<br><br>
Welcome to the bandwagon! It is fun to clean naturally, not to mention how good you feel by not contributing to enviro contaminants, landfills, etc. Enjoy!
 

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I have tried alot of the products listed here and actually like alot of them but 2 years ago I sweitched to Shaklee and I love there cleaners. Just another thought and option for you
 
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