My Favorite Green Cleaning Supplies

In my quest to have a green home (or at least as green as possible), I’ve tried out MANY different types of green cleaning supplies. Some have worked, some definitely have not.  Here is my list of green cleaning supplies that are safe for your children, your pets and for the environment. Most are really inexpensive, too!

  1. Baking Soda – What would my life be like without this wonderful substance? I shudder to think about all of the money I wasted before I discovered all of the many benefits of baking soda… from scrubbing the microwave to lengthening the time in between shampoo purchases.
  2. Borax – Favorite use: sprinkle some in the bottom of your trash can, not only does it keep it smelling fresh, but its a biological (not chemical) pesticide – it kills roaches and ants. When I moved in with my husband he had a pesky little ant problem. On occasion we’ll see a scout here and there but that’s about it.
  3. Method Sweeper Dusters – I’m a BIG fan of Method products but this has to be my favorite (okay its tied for #4). I love the convenience of a Swiffer but I hate the fact that all those duster sheets are going into the land fill. Method makes biodegradable dusting cloths that are made from corn. So no more guilt over dusting/sweeping the house every day (or at least as much as possible – we have a wonderful dog, but she sheds… A lot!)
  4. Method Smarty Dish Dishwashing Detergent Go Naked – I’ve tried just about every dishwasher detergent or liquid out there – green or not. I really believe that a dish washer should wash your dishes without you having to wash them first. These tablets from Method really do a great job. Recently, we had to buy regular liquid dishwasher soap and after the first wash, my husband handed me some money and said go get the good stuff. A close second place are the Ecover Automatic Dishwashing Tablets. Just because the two dishwasher soap products I recommended are tablets doesn’t mean that all tablets are created equal. These two just really happen to work REALLY well.
  5. Hydrogen Peroxide – You can get the cheap extra large bottle at your local drug store for about $1. Why is this one of my favorite cleaning supplies? Well, it’s great for killing bacteria, mildew, mold and fungus but the best part is that you don’t have to worry about chemicals! It cleans grout lines, showers, toilet bowls, put it in a spray bottle to clean your counters without worrying that your kids getting too much chemical exposure. Just be careful if you want to use it on wood – definitely test first.
  6. Scotch-Brite Biodegradable Bamboo Wipes – These little dusters are quite lovely. I reuse them but they only last for about 2-3 washes. BUT they’re readily available and work wonderfully!
  7. Planet Ultra Powdered Laundry Detergent – As a cloth diapering mom you learn a lot about doing the laundry. For example, what kind of effects do enzymes and soaps have on cloth diapers. This detergent has been wonderful. I use it for all the laundry. Its not as cheap as some of the main stream brands, but it works good and doesn’t have a bunch of chemicals in it. I have SUPER sensitive skin and I’ve never had a problem with this. I’ve also talked to other cloth diapering moms (that live in Los Angeles – we have very hard water here) and it works wonderfully for them, too.
  8. Vinegar – Plain old white vinegar is a must have in any household, especially if you have hard water. It is by far the best way to clean off lime and other hard water stains. It might be stinky as you’re using it, but the smell goes away and you know its safe. Afterall, you can eat it!
  9. Wethod Wood For Good Floor Care Cleaner – I have an O-Mop and use washable microfiber pads with this cleaner. The almond scent smells quite yummy and it does a great job at getting spots off of our hardwood floors. With a dog, a baby and a husband – there are a lot of spots!
  10. Hot water with a little bit of elbow grease – Never underestimate the power of some hot water and elbow grease. Water works as a lubricant and the heat will breakdown the bond between the majority of stain molecules so you can then wipe away the stain. Just put some power into those tough ones.
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