Back in my day (I’m really showing my age now, aren’t I?), we weren’t too concerned about products being “green” or environmentally friendly. But that isn’t because we didn’t care. It is because things weren’t as artificial as they are now. The items we used were more natural and they got the job done. Fast forward a few decades and simple products were made complex by introducing chemicals and other artificial ingredients. You can blame large companies trying to save a few bucks on manufacturing costs for that one.
So now “going green” has picked up momentum as people try to go back to natural organic products. You know, the way they used to be. And they’re acting like it’s some revolutionary trend or something. Oh well, it is what it is.
If you are concerned about the environment and want to use cleaning products that are Eco-friendly, don’t contain harmful chemicals, and still get the job done, then you are reading the right blog post!
White vinegar has many uses. It works well for cleansing, degreasing, and sanitizing. White vinegar can help prevent mold, mildew, and bacteria. A spray bottle filled with 1/4 white vinegar and 3/4 water can clean just about anything!
If you’ve read some of my previous entries, then you should already know that baking soda is a great cleaning weapon to have in your arsenal. It works wonders on the things that are tougher to clean. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the area and then spray it with pure white vinegar. Wait until the foaming stops, and then wipe it with a microfiber cloth. Presto!
Ever wonder why many cleaning products have a lemon scent to them? It is because they were inspired by lemon juice, which actually works well as a cleanser and a deodorizer. I previously posted an article about removing soap scum from shower doors. I would like to add to that by informing you that you can spray shower doors or tiles with lemon juice and then wipe or rinse it with plain water.
Combine lemon juice with table salt to make a paste that will remove rust and tarnish from brass, copper, and stainless steel. It will also remove food stains from plastic containers.
Other Green Cleaning Products
In addition to the common household items that I just listed, there are also some commercial cleaning products that are environmentally friendly and certified by the Green Seal organization. One of the top brands is called Simple Green, which is an all-purpose cleaner and degreaser. It is non-toxic and biodegradable. It can be used to clean any surface and even works well as laundry detergent.
HOST Dry Extraction Carpet Cleaner is another brand that is certified by Green Seal. It cleans carpets and rugs by absorbing the dirt in it. I had mentioned several other ways to clean carpets in another post, so you can add this product to the list.
That’s all for now. Stay clean and stay green!