It’s not easy being green

The new rage among homeowners is green cleaning.  So what exactly is “green cleaning?”  Is it simply cleaning with products that are healthy for you and also the environment?  It can also mean that no chemicals, phosphates, artificial colors or fragrances are used.  However, some products take the green concept a bit further, stating that their products are biodegradable, using products that are organic or using sustainable farming practices to make their products.  Some even certify that their products are fair trade, use recycled packaging or donate money to environmental causes.

No matter how you decide to define “green,” the real debate should be whether or not the green cleaning products are as good as chemicals in cleaning bacteria and germs.  We happen to have a couple products that we have found to give excellent results.

 

We especially love the Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day brand for it’s natural fragrances, like honey suckle or lavender.  Mrs. Meyers Clean Day products are meant to “work like the dickens” but smell nice.  They are inspired by Thelma Meyers, a mother of nine.  The company is also involved in many community projects, like community gardens, composting projects and Arbor Day initiatives.  Their motto is below:csr-MMCD_CSR_Header

Method home products’ mission is to “make the world a cleaner, greener, more colorful place.”  They invite everyone to join them as they pioneer a future where doing business is doing good for all.  Their products contain ingredients that are biodegradable and not harmful to your skin.  Method uses recycled plastics, partially recovered from the ocean, for their packaging and offer pouches for easy refilling.  Their hand and dish soap bottles are pretty enough to complement any kitchen or bathroom.

Greenworks, marketed as “where clean meets green” is a cleaner made from high-quality ingredients and is at least 97% naturally derived. They sell everything from all purpose cleaners to laundry detergent to toilet cleaners.

If you want an easy DIY solution, you can use baking soda, white vinegar and lemons to clean the home surfaces.  The vinegar helps the baking soda to foam up, but should never be stored in a closed container.  Here are some useful ways to use these three items in your cleaning:

  • Easily clean your microwave by putting one cup of vinegar and one cup of water in a bowl and microwave for 10 minutes. When it’s done you can wipe off any stains inside easily.
  • Run vinegar through your coffee machine, using equal parts water and vinegar.
  • Clean your oven using one part lemon juice, two parts vinegar.  Spray inside the oven and leave for ten minutes before wiping away.  For stubborn, baked-on food, sprinkle baking soda on after five minutes and let it sit for ten minutes before wiping.
  • Unclog a drain by pouring a half cup of baking soda and half a cup vinegar.  After fifteen minutes, flush the drain with hot water.
  • Prevent mildew in showers by spraying vinegar on walls and the shower curtain.
  • Add a tablespoon of vinegar to a quart of water, place in a spray bottle, and use it to clean windows.

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