Green cleaning solutions

Advertisers lead us to believe that bleach and other harsh chemicals are necessary for true cleaning. Just because a cleaner is tough on stains, doesn’t mean it has to be tough on our lungs…or the environment. Synthetic fragrances, ammonia, and surfactants may leave porcelain sparkling, but it comes at a high cost: skin irritation, respiratory and nervous system effects, and even aquatic toxicity.

Not to mention, many popular store brands will clean out your wallet too.

Try these safer cleaning alternatives for every room of the house.

imageBathroom: Hard water and soap leaving a film on your tub and sinks? Try Bon Ami Powder Cleanser. At less than a $1, this cleanser packs a powerful punch. Since the late 1800’s Bon Ami Powder Cleanser has been a household staple…long before “green” was a category. No chlorine, synthetic fragrances, or dyes and it won’t scratch surfaces either.

imageKitchen: With major warnings to contact poison control, I can’t understand why companies would encourage anyone to use their cleaners on any surface where we handle food.

Create your own all-purpose cleaner with 1 cup white vinegar, 1 cup water, and 10-15 drops of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is a natural disinfectant that’s tough on bacteria, viruses, and fungus. Don’t like the smell of vinegar? Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil: lavender or grapefruit are great options.

stain removerLaundry Room: Why bother with the “leading” stain removers that are full of toxins when Yoreganics Stain Remover works better, and uses USDA Certified Organic ingredients?! Organic? But does it work? You bet! Mud, ink, grease, and blood are wiped out with this blend of saponified organic coconut, olive and jojoba oils, organic aloe vera, organic blend of essential oils, and rosemary extract.

soap nuts 5loadLaundry Room: Concerned about allergies, eczema, or gluten-senstivities? Yoreganics Soap Nuts are your answer. Nut allergies aren’t a concern either since they’re actually dried fruit berries from the soapberry tree. Its outer shell contains saponin, which creates a natural soap in water. Say goodbye to the foul smell trapped in anti-wicking materials. They even leave stinky hockey gear odor-free! USDA and EcoCert certified organic.

Want to know how your current cleaning products rate in regards to toxicity? Check out the Environmental Working Group guide to cleaners.

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  1. Pingback: The Secret in Cleaning Supplies: Women’s Voices for the Earth | ftedailygreen

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