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25 Green Spring Cleaning Tips

Good for You, Your Home and the Planet

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7ANIMALSMOMMA

4/11/2010 10:54:53 AM

I use vinegar to clean my stainless still frig. It makes it shinny and looking new again. Vinegar is also good to put on the floor, just spray it on the floor and mop. I have been doing this for years.

SALTYCHOCOLATE

4/11/2010 9:57:11 AM

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I"ve been using vinegar for a while now. I put it in a spray bottle and use it to clean my counters. It works wonderfully and there is no worry about having chemicals on the counters. I'll have to check out using borax also.
Great ideas!

GREENSHADE

4/11/2010 8:33:59 AM

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I love hanging my clothes outside to dry! One of the first things I did when I bought my house was to install a retractable clothesline. It's great! I just have to keep the dogs inside when I hang clothes out - my Kommondor/Great Pyr will consider them toys!

CAZLINR

4/11/2010 7:14:16 AM

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I've felt guilty about all the non-green cleaning supplies I buy, and after reading this article I resolve to change my ways! Thanks so much for providing the final push!

CAZLINR

4/11/2010 7:13:59 AM

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I've felt guilty about all the non-green cleaning supplies I buy, and after reading this article I resolve to change my ways! Thanks so much for providing the final push!

CAZLINR

4/11/2010 7:13:44 AM

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I've felt guilty about all the non-green cleaning supplies I buy, and after reading this article I resolve to change my ways! Thanks so much for providing the final push!

TRAINOF4

4/11/2010 12:18:53 AM

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Oooh I love Dr Bronner's too ... have never been a fan of Swiffer or that type of thing because of all those sheets being thrown away. Also like Meyer's products. Vinegar, salt, lemon juice, and baking soda are all great around the house as well. Happy cleaning!

SNAPPEAS

12/29/2008 3:50:41 PM

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I absolutely love Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds which is a clear all purpose cleaner sold in health food stores.Believe me when I say a little goes a long way .I use Sal Suds to mop ,and clean every surface in the house .I have also used this product to wash dishes .I usually get the 32 ounce bottle which will lasts for months .I especially like the fact that it rinses very easily .

CHRISCAMI

9/18/2008 8:19:26 PM

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Someone else said it, but I'll say it again; my sister put me on to using 1/4 cup of white vinegar in the laundry rinse cycle. Replaces fabric softener and dryer sheets, and the clothes smell fine! I am waiting for DH to help me put up a clothesline! I also use less detergent than called for... with dirty ,stained clothes, I often pretreat with liquid detergent that I premeasured for the wash, so I don't need any more soap, but it does double duty! Also run my wash on soak cycle instead of regular wash, so washer doesn't have to run as much, but clothes get cleaner, IMO; gentler on the clothes too; then run on final rinse with vinegar to get all the dirt and soap out.

Love the cleaning recipes and suggestions here! Thanks! I'll "give 'em a go"!

TARHEEL56

9/18/2008 9:31:52 AM

Wow great and wonderful reminders of returning back to the very basics, using what we have on hand...I remember cleaning windows with newspaper and vinegar many a time....and I the thought of essential oils is fascinating to me, can hardly wait to get that going......
Thank you

MAMASHA1

9/18/2008 9:13:03 AM

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If you buy nontoxic cleaners from the store, try finding a more concentrated cleaner like Shaklee's Basic H2. That way, a little goes a long way. There is less container waste, less transportation pollution, etc. And it's a multipurpose cleaner so you formulate it differently for different jobs in the house! You can find Shaklee on the web.

I love the swapping out the swiffer idea. Swiffers are so bad chemically anyway. I found a mop on QVC for my floors that I love. You can actually take the cover off and rinse and wring it out while mopping so you aren't just pushing the dirt around. It puts less water on the floor so it's fine for hard wood flooring. I think it's Don Aster's mop.

Love this site!

ROBEALAANGLAISE

7/12/2008 9:59:28 AM

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I am SO glad that people are pushing a move away from paper towels. Whenever I suggest it to my friends they always complain about the expense of cleaning cloths, so I ask them how many free tee shirts they've thrown or given away. It's a great trade off because cotton is one of the most pesticide demanding crops in the entire world - it takes roughly 1/3 a pound of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to produce 1 pound of cotton. Yikes!

ROBEALAANGLAISE

7/12/2008 9:59:19 AM

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I am SO glad that people are pushing a move away from paper towels. Whenever I suggest it to my friends they always complain about the expense of cleaning cloths, so I ask them how many free tee shirts they've thrown or given away. It's a great trade off because cotton is one of the most pesticide demanding crops in the entire world - it takes roughly 1/3 a pound of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to produce 1 pound of cotton. Yikes!

ROBEALAANGLAISE

7/12/2008 9:58:25 AM

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I am SO glad that people are pushing a move away from paper towels. Whenever I suggest it to my friends they always complain about the expense of cleaning cloths, so I ask them how many free tee shirts they've thrown or given away. It's a great trade off because cotton is one of the most pesticide demanding crops in the entire world - it takes roughly 1/3 a pound of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to produce 1 pound of cotton. Yikes!

ATHENAMORALES

7/2/2008 8:50:47 PM

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Does anyone know were I could find nontoxic cleaning recipes?

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