Green Cleaning Products

by Cassandra Merkling
(last updated January 26, 2015)

There is a lot of opportunity to buy green cleaning products, but if you prefer to make your own, here is a list of cleaners with how they are useful in cleaning your home.

There are a lot of cleaning products out there, each one promising to be the best. But most of them are laden with man-made chemicals, which can trigger allergies, sensitivities, and are just plain nasty. And that is not even mentioning that they can harm the environment. So how do you find a good green cleaning product? It's pretty simple, actually. Just have a look at the following information on homemade household green cleaning products that I have compiled for you:

  • Baking Soda. Also known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is an abrasive that can scrub away most grime, from the scum on your faucets to the tarnish on your silver jewelry (take extreme care, though, if it is silver plated since you can scrub through the plating to the surface beneath) to the plaque on your teeth. It's safe for people to be around and, heck, it is even edible, if the mood ever takes you in that direction (but don't use dirty baking soda for your recipes). Be sure to try it in your laundry as a water softener, deodorizer, and disinfectant.
  • Borax. Technically known as sodium borate, borax is a mineral that occurs naturally in the environment. It is useful for killing bacteria and mold, so it is especially useful in humid climates where mold is prevalent. However, it must be kept out of reach of little ones, as it can be toxic to children and pets. Always read the safety information on the container.
  • Corn Starch. This nifty little product can not only starch your clothing, but also absorb any kind of oil or grease you may have spilled on your clothing.
  • Lemon Juice. A great bleach alternative, lemon juice can rid your clothing of underarm stains and cuts through grease like a dream. It also removes other stains from clothing, and can also remove stains from your home.
  • Salt. A strong abrasive that is great for cleaning tough jobs. Sugar is also a good abrasive, but it will attract bugs, so it's best to stick with salt.
  • Toothpaste. A mild abrasive, toothpaste is much gentler than salt. It works well on jewelry.
  • Vinegar. This stuff can cut through grease and dirt with a vengeance. The strong smell eventually dissipates, leaving only joy and love behind. (Okay, maybe not the joy and love part...that's up to you. But it leaves behind a whole lot of "clean!")

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