Organic Cleaning Products

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Organic Cleaning Products

We explore such products as Simple Green Cleaner, Seventh Generation, and other eco friendly products.

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Using organic cleaning products is an important part of an overall eco friendly lifestyle. It's a proven fact that indoor air quality is often times more than 10 times worse than the air outdoors.

A lot of this has to do with the products that we use inside of our homes. In fact, most of the harmful chemicals that are brought into our homes are in the form of cleaners.

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Organic Cleaning Products - Lemons

Not only do many conventional cleaning products contain a wide variety of toxic ingredients, they are also made with mostly petroleum-based ingredients, which gives eco-conscious consumers a double reason to make the switch to organic cleaners.

Before we dive into all of the organic cleaning products that are available on the market, let's first talk about some of the things that you already have in your house that you can use to clean.

Ideally, you'll be able to use all-natural items that you keep in the house anyway for a wide variety of cleaning products, which saves money and is good for the environment.

Cleaning With Lemons

Lemons are one of my very favorite cleaning products. Not only do I dig the scent of lemons, there are actually lots of things around the house that can be cleaned with lemons or lemon juice. Here's just a few to get your mind working.

    Cut a lemon in half and use it to clean laminate counter tops or cutting boards. Sprinkle a small amount of salt onto the surface being cleaned, and then wipe with a lemon. It will remove stains and disinfect the surface you are cleaning.

    Add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to a sink full of water and then soak white clothing or linens. It works just as well as bleach in most instances, but is far less toxic. You can even add lemon juice directly to the wash. I always soak my curtains in lemon juice and water before washing and love the way they look and smell afterwards. Do NOT soak silk in lemon juice though!

    Mix lemon juice with cream of tarter to create a paste that can be used to remove all kinds of stains. ~ Mix lemon juice and water in a spray bottle and use it to disinfect toilet bowls, garbage cans, bathtubs and more. It will leave any area in your home smelling fresh again.

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Organic Cleaning Products - Vinegar

Cleaning With Vinegar

Another great organic cleaning product that's natural and can be found right in your home is vinegar. Here's a very partial list of great ways to clean with vinegar.

    Add 1/2 cup of white distilled vinegar to about a half gallon of warm water to clean hard floors.

    If you've got walls that need a good washing, simply mix a cup of ammonia, 1/2 cup of vinegar, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and a gallon of warm water. Use a soft cloth to wipe down walls. You can use this same solution on wood and blinds. It won't leave any residue behind or take the paint off your walls.
    Got a dirty microwave? Simply mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with a cup of water and put the mixture in the microwave in a microwave-safe dish. Heat until it boils. Now all you've got to do is get a cloth to wipe out the inside. The food and splatters will wipe off easily.

You can make quick work of a ring around your bathtub but wiping the area with white distilled vinegar and following with baking soda.

    If you've got a clogged shower head, simply take a small cup of vinegar and submerge the shower head in the vinegar. It will unclog in no time. For lots more great uses of vinegar around the home, visit The Vinegar Institute.
Green Up Your Cleanup

As shown above, some of the best organic cleaning products available are the safe and non-toxic things that you have in your house on a regular basis.

If you are interested in learning how to make your own organic cleaning products, there's a book on the market, called Green Up Your Cleanup that is well worth every penny that you'll spend on it.

The author of the book really knows her stuff and gives recipes and ideas for cleaning every area of the house. It's a spiral-bound book so it functions perfectly as a "workbook" or "recipe book" that you can lie open as you try the different methods explained.

Commercial Organic Cleaning Products

In some instances, you just want an eco friendly cleaning product that you can grab and get to work.

Luckily, there are a few companies that have done a great job of creating organic cleaning products that do a good job and are not harmful for the environment.

With "green" becoming quite the buzzword these days, it's important to really know the difference between what's green and what's not. We break it all down for you here.

Organic Cleaning Products - Seventh Generation

Of all the organic cleaning products available on the market, Seventh Generation is our very favorite. They've been making organic cleaning products since before green was cool and they do a stellar job it.

A few of the reasons why we like their products the best include They disclose of the ingredients in their organic cleaning products and always have.

To see a list of ingredients, just visit their website or look on any product. Every Seventh Generation product is completely free of petroleum. As far as I know, there is only one other company that can make that claim.

They have a Free & Clear line which is great for people who have allergies or just want products that are completely free of any fragrances or dyes.

Their prices are reasonable. I'm of the mind set that eco friendly products shouldn't have to cost far more than traditional mainstream products.

Sadly that isn't always the case. While Seventh Generation is slightly more expensive than some other products that are on the market, they are definitely close in price and the difference in price isn't large enough to dissuade me from buying them.

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Seventh Generation Free & Clear All-Purpose Cleaner: This all-purpose cleaner is free of all dyes, fragrances, petroleum based solvents, acids, and phosphates. Even without all the harsh chemicals it works amazingly well. Completely non-toxic, it's safe to use around children and can be used anywhere in the house.

Seventh Generation Dish Soap: Like all of Seventh Generations organic cleaning products, this dish soap is free of all harmful chemicals. It's non-toxic and biodegradable which means that it's also safe to use with a gray water system. Even without all the chemicals, it gets my dishes just as clean as anything else I've ever used. While slightly more expensive than other dish soaps available on the market, I feel good about buying this since I know it's safe for my family and the environment.

Seventh Generation Unscented Automatic Dishwashing Detergent: This stuff works amazingly well and costs only slightly more than any typical dish washer detergent that you'll find on the market.

Organic Cleaning Products - Simple Green:

Another one of my favorite cleaners, Simple Green has a product line that is non-toxic, completely biodegradable, and is free of harsh chemicals. Another great benefit of Simple Green products is that all of their organic cleaning products come in recyclable packaging.

Most of their products come in a concentrated form, so while they may seem more expensive than other cleaners, they actually come out to be cheaper. Some of my favorite Simple Green cleaning products include:

Simple Green All Stone Polish Spray: This stone polish by Simple Green is one of my favorite products. It's safe to use on granite, marble, travertine, and more. Even though it's eco friendly it does an amazing job on tile. I use it on my travertine flooring and granite counter tops and it does a great deal. At under $6 for a 32 oz. bottle, it's about the same price as other stone cleaners on the market.

Simple Green Stainless Steel Cleaner If you have stainless steel in your kitchen and are using aerosol cleaners, which are the norm, you should make the switch to this organic cleaning product by Simple Green. It works just as well as other commercial stainless steel cleaners, it lasts longer, and it doesn't contain harmful ingredients.

Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner The all-purpose cleaner is actually one of my favorite cleaning products in the world. I've got to admit, the Sassafras scent doesn't do much for me, but I like knowing that it's eco friendly and it does a great job. I like the ready to use spray bottle, but I also keep concentrate around. We use it for everything - including, hard floors, walls, counter tops, stove tops, and lots more. Even though I make a lot of cleaners at home, I keep this around all the time for jobs that I want to do in a hurry.

Green Works:

Clorox has recently come out with a line of organic cleaning products. I love the idea, and they are cheap and readily available at about any store.

My only problem with this line of products is that for years and years, Clorox has used harsh chemicals in their cleaners, in fact, they still do. I appreciate their attempt to create an eco friendly line of products, but I have a sneaking suspicion that they've joined the party only because green products mean higher sales.

Also problematic is the fact that many of their cleaning products still contain petroleum-based byproducts. For that reason, we personally choose to use Seventh Generation or Simple Green as opposed to Clorox.

However, I'm all about green living made easy - and using the Green Works line is much preferable to using items that have no green properties. If you have a choice between Windex or Green Works, I'd choose Green Works every time.

While it is greener than a lot of other products on the market, it's worth pointing out that just because a product carries a label that says it's green, doesn't mean that it's completely green.

As consumers, we've got to do our homework on these issues because there is no one else out there to do it for us! The one thing we really like about Green Works is that it's readily available in pretty much every store.

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