Getting and keeping it clean in a Green way

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How do you keep your home green clean?

I’m relaxing into our new life here back in the US. While we were in India, I have to admit that the lack of actual clean water meant that I didn’t use the greenest/safest cleaning products. Fear of bacteria and viruses in water meant that basic cleaning for counter tops and more kept me away! Now, we’re back to green! Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which helps to support this blog.

Green cleaning options

Kitchen

In your kitchen two things come in handy: vinegar and baking soda. You’ll hear me say this a few more times in this post, because these are inexpensive and extremely reliable cleaners. Three ideas for using vinegar and baking soda in your kitchen include:

  • Run a cup of vinegar and a cup of water through to clean your coffee maker. Then run a two to three plain “full pots” of water. This helps to remove residue from hard water really well!
  • Put a spoon of baking soda in a cup of water and use this as your “soap” on your vegetable brush to remove residue from non-leafy vegetables.
  • Use the same mix of baking soda and water and then scrub clean your stainless steel sink to make it shine like new!

Bedrooms

In the bedrooms, surface cleaning is one thing, but something we often forget about is that many “green” families avoid bleach. So when it comes to your whites, you can boost your eco-detergent with baking soda. Use a microfiber cloth to easily dust and to prevent the need for chemicals. When it comes to your mirrors and windows, a mix of water and vinegar and old newspaper to clean. Hint: Clean windows when the sun isn’t shining directly at the window to avoid streaks!

Floors

Floor type matters, and for the most part, if you have tile or linoleum, keeping up on sweeping and then using hot water, a bit of castile soap (I love Dr Bronners) or a reusable mop should be fine. But, sometimes you need to use a special mix based on a wood floor or treated floor. Check out EWG to get a guide for cleaners if you aren’t making your own. (here’s an old post I did on indoor air pollution due to cleaning supplies).

Carpets

Area rugs are one thing, but when it comes to your full carpet cleaning, you may need to call in an expert. A simple google search for green rug cleaning company like Green Choice Carpet of Brooklyn or whatever your area, will help you bring in options. Since you aren’t doing this yourself, it is important to ask questions to ensure that you’re comfortable with the cleaning and the products being used.

Kid’s Rooms

I’ve had my share of co-sleeping issues, including being peed on. For keeping the mattress protected, I swear by Naturepedic Waterproof Organic Mattress Protector Pad but if you end up with an accident, spray with a mix of water and vinegar, absorb and then sprinkle with baking soda. Let it dry a bit and then vacuum it up.

What are your hints for keeping the rooms clean?

 

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13 comments

  1. I use BioKleen cleaner concentrate to clean just about everything. It lasts forever, and doesn’t leave the lingering vinegar smell that hubby hates. We do use chlorine free bleach, but the hydrogen peroxide based kind.

     
  2. I got into green products after reading Jessica Alba’s The Honest Life. And I don’t just buy the products she offers in her company. I do my research too on the alternatives. I was so amazed, just as you indicated in your post, the absolute usefulness of vinegar. Just gotta love that stuff!

     
  3. Great tips! I keep hearing about vinegar and baking soda for sinks so I am going to pick some vinegar up and try it out. We have bad hard water here and if you forget to wipe up when done it gets ugly. I never knew you could prevent streaks by cleaning windows when the sun isn’t on them. Thats neat!

     
  4. You forgot the best one! I bought Whip-It on a whim one day at Bed Bath & Beyond to try it out after a lot of the green cleaning brands I had tried just weren’t perofrming as well as the cleaners with chemicals I was using before I made the switch to a green home. I now order bottles of Whip-It online every month to clean just about everything in my home. It’s INCREDIBLE – it literally cleans just as well as any harsh cleaner with toxic chemicals – but using all natural plant-based ingredients. Because the ingredients are all non-toxic and plant-based, I don’t worry when my puppy is licking the floor or trying to teeth on an household object. I’m definitely going to use this non-toxic cleaning product when our baby comes in just a few short months! He’ll probably lick the floors too at some point. Seriously I would recommend this product to everyone I know. https://www.amazingwhipit.net/

     

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