Friday, July 29, 2011

Organic Cleaning Products in Your Pantry

Organic Cleaning Products
Find it in Your Pantry First
Good housecleaning products do not have to be the most expensive to be organic. They need to be the right products for the job and they need to do the job for you. Always make sure the following list of products are in your cabinets. Once you have these goods and products at your disposal the task of cleaning should be a breeze.

The Cleaning Products:

White Vinegar works great for sinks, counters and floors. I like to mix a bit of Seventh Generation lavender dish soap with this for a really great smell. White vinegar also makes a great fabric softener in the laundry. 

Baking Soda is good for scrubbing bubbles action when mixed with vinegar. This will work in the shower and bath or you can use a natural all purpose cleaner.

All purpose cleaner is a little stronger but it is really necessary for toilets, and some baths and showers. I like Green Works all purpose cleaner.

Lemon Oil is really what is best for the care of wood furniture and it also shines up old aluminum trims without harsh chemicals.

A stack of small old hand towels is a must; always recycle old bath towels and underwear this way. T-shirts are great for streak free glass.

Green scrubbing pads made from recycled materials or organic fibers are sometimes necessary for tough spots. Make sure you spray harsh bathroom stains with all purpose cleaner first, let it sit for 15 minutes and then come back with the scrubby; you shouldn’t have to use too much elbow grease.

More tips to help you keep a green/organic house...

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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