Sunday, September 02, 2007

A Question

I am wanting to incorporate the use of more enviornmentally friendly cleaning products in my daily life and I want to what you all use and recommend. I have done some researching, but I am interested in opinions and testimonial from real live people who have experience using this stuff.

So bring on the information!


Valerie said...

Good question, I'm interested in what folks say as well. I try to use vinegar or baking soda wherever it makes sense. Vinegar is supposed to kill a lot of germs, I've read 99% and 80% of germs and mold and mildew too from different places. It doesn't bleach of course so for whitening you'll need something else. I use it in the wash with the towels especially, and for cleaning the kitchen floor (with some water and a drop or two of dishwashing detergent.) Anything that I want to wash and do some disinfecting.

When I had more houseplants (like any) I would clean the pots by soaking in vinegar water and it worked really well.

And then baking soda is a mild abrasive and I believe also reduces fungal growth. As I recall it was one treatment recommended for thrush when I was breastfeeding. I've mostly used it on myself but there are also a lot of tips for using it to clean various things and it has mighty odor fighting powers.

Woman with a Hatchet said...

Hi! I'm late to the party, but thought I'd pipe up, because I'm like that.

I like Dr. Bronner's soap for lots of different things. We use it on Caitlin, especially when she's attacked herself with markers - takes that right off. You can use it for mopping and such (smells nicer than vinegar) AND! as an insecticide in the garden and yet not worry about what horribleness you'd be injesting later.

I kid you not. If I have aphids or earwigs or big ugly OMG what-the-hell-is-that-bug on whichever plant I'm inspecting, I'll whip out a Bronner + water solution and spray the nasties into next week. It also means I have a slightly cleaner, mintier smelling plant. Bonus? : )

I made a bunch of cloth napkins for us which significantly (totally not kidding) reduced our usage of paper towels. And I SUCK at sewing, but I did it anyway.

I like the 7th generation laundry detergent, although you still have to spray oily spots with something or the other. We also like the dish detergent, but not the dishwasher detergent. It wasn't getting the dishes clean and we thought there was something wrong with our DW (after using the detergent for ages). We switched over to Cascade on a lark and suddenly POW! the DW started "working" properly again.

Composting is big at our house. OK, that's not a cleaning product BUT! it reduces your garbage output significantly, gives you a load of plant food which then reduces your need to buy synthetic plant food and gives you bigger plants/more veggies (if you're a flower or food gardener). Which clean your plates more. Hmm. No way to link back to cleaning supplies.