Top 10 green household cleaners

It always seems like I find someone every day who is talking about saving the environment.  Granted, I want to be a good steward of hte things I am gifted, but I also want to use disposable diapers and I enjoy a good Styrofoam cup that doesn’t sweat all over my car or coffee table.  So today I thought I would give you the top 10 green household cleaners.  See how you stack up to the list and let us know how you are doing.  Some will even save you money.  That’s my favorite part.

  1. Vinegar, we have talked about vinegar tons of times.
  2. Baking soda.  Use it to polish your silver and freshen your carpets.
  3. Lemons help keep your garbage disposal clean and smelling good.
  4. 1 part Rubbing Alcohol added to a 1:1 vinegar water mix will shine up your mirrors and sinks nicely.
  5. Salt added to lemon is a great scouring pad for your dirtiest dishes.
  6. Don’t waste your money on bottle scrubbers. Boil an old toothbrush and use it instead.
  7. Keep house plants inside.  This will help to naturally clean your air.
  8. Use egg shells and ice to work your garbage disposal to a shine.
  9. Use an old dryer sheet to shine up your chrome.
  10. Use half a box of baking soda downa drain chased by vinegar to clean out any slow drains.  It’s best to let it set for about 10-15 minutes and then rinse it with hot water.

So there you have it.  My top 10 favorite green household cleaners.  Did you also notice that they are every day cleaners so you don’t have to spend any extra money using them?  See, I shot 2 birds with one stone (for lack of a better phrase)

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    • ~Lana B~

      Here is my dilema…can you offer any help…
      I keep a spray bottle of the 1:1 vinegar/water solution w/ about a 1/8 Cup of orange scented rubbing alcohol on my countertop at all times and use that as my only kitchen cleaner (other than when I need to use baking soda). Problem is, DH absolutely HATES the smell of vinegar! That is the biggest reason for adding the orange alcohol…to cut the smell. Not working. :( What else can I do? Any help is greatly appreciated!!

    • http://www.thriftymommy.com Karen

      Lana B: My husband complains about the smell of vinegar. He can’t stand it either. He also complains about the smell of bleach. He says the bleach gives him a headache. So, I use vinegar and when he complains I ask him if he’d rather me use bleach. lol
      I try to do my cleaning when he’s not around though. Could you add some lemon oil or something like that to it instead? Lemon cuts out smells pretty well.

    • ~Lana B~

      I have lemon juice. Would that work? Otherwise, where do i find lemon oil? I REALLY appreciate your help!!!

    • http://www.thriftymommy.com Karen

      Hmmm, now that I think of it, I think lemon oil is used for cleaning wood. Maybe you could try lemon juice. Let us know how it works.

      Does anyone else have any suggestions?

    • http://www.thriftymommy.com kellys

      The smell of vinegar goes away in a couple of hours so maybe spray down your cabinets right before you go to bed. That way, you won’t smell it all day. Another trick is to get a fragrance type bleach such as “Spring Rain” and bleach yoru sink at the same time. That way, the bleach will slightly overpower the vinegar and you will have a beautiful sink as well. The fragrance in the bleach is much better to smell than the vinegar.

    • http://workathomemomrevolution.blogspot.com Lisa

      Some great tips. I am going to try the baking soda down the drain. I live in an older home. And for some reason, the drains are always slow.

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    • Dani

      Personally I think vinegar and bleach both smell clean. Vinegar seems to take less time than bleach for the smell to go away plus it’s non toxic. I like to use bleach when I really want to be sure I have killed the germs especially when my family start getting sick. Vinegar is really good for keeping allergens down for some reason.

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