Member Comments for the Article:

25 Green Spring Cleaning Tips

Good for You, Your Home and the Planet

63 Comments


Leave a Comment Return to Article
  • 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"! - 9/18/2008 8:19:26 PM
  • TARHEEL56
    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 - 9/18/2008 9:31:52 AM
  • 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! - 9/18/2008 9:13:03 AM
  • 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! - 7/12/2008 9:59:28 AM
  • 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! - 7/12/2008 9:59:19 AM
  • 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! - 7/12/2008 9:58:25 AM
  • Does anyone know were I could find nontoxic cleaning recipes? - 7/2/2008 8:50:47 PM
  • Today, I used the floor solution (with lavendar essential oil) for the first time ever and it works beautiful! - 7/2/2008 3:16:18 PM
  • 4MYIMAGE
    My great grandmother who lived through the post War Between the States in Tennessee used to make vinegar using brown paper bags.Does anyone know how to do it? I love using vinegar for mopping but not a lot of money. - 6/11/2008 1:01:13 PM
  • Awesome article! When I was younger, my father had a clothesline strung between two maples in the yard that we used in the warm seasons; during the winter, we used a hanging rack put in front of the furnace. Now that I'm in college and living in an apartment, I can't really have a clothesline, but I still use a hanging rack for a lot of my clothes! I also use lots of natural cleaner recipes that I learned from my grandmother and mother which is cheaper and better for you. Three cheers for sustainable, green cleaning! - 5/8/2008 9:53:08 AM
  • These are all excellent tips; however, if you are an allergy sufferer, don't hang your laundry outside. The pollen gets into your clothes. - 5/5/2008 12:40:26 PM
  • People used to laugh at me the way I would tout the wonders of vinegar and baking soda; I'm glad that the word is getting out that things one keeps around the house can be used to clean up without harming the environment. Vinegar is also great to use in the wash, as it softens clothes (fabric softeners often have really nasty chemicals in them) and keeps dye from running off and potentially staining everything in the load. - 4/17/2008 6:25:01 PM
  • What goes around comes around they say. I hung all of our clothes on the line when I was growing up in the 50's and we planned so we never drove to town and wasted gas. My mother had a basement panty with everything, so we didn't run out for one or two items. - 4/16/2008 2:23:49 PM
  • Thanks for putting all these great tips all in one place. Maybe now I can motivate my husband to put up a clothesline for me! - 4/16/2008 8:12:54 AM
  • Great article and it is truly wonderful to see all these great suggestions in print :) I have been making my own housecleaning products for years, using a variety of essential oils. My favourites are orange, tea tree, and rosemary. The scents are so uplifting that it is a joy to clean, and I know that what I rinse down the drain isn't going to come back and haunt me! ;) - 4/16/2008 3:40:35 AM

Comment Pages (5 total)
[4]

Leave a comment


  Log in to leave a comment.