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Non-Toxic, Biodegradable Alternative Cleaning Solutions

Green Cleaning

Non-Toxic, Biodegradable Alternative Cleaning Solutions

Green Cleaning means using cleaning products that aren't harmful to the environment. There are many wonderful companies selling non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products so we'll be adding links to these as we find them. There are also some easy ways you can also make your own at home using common household supplies like baking soda and white vinegar. When we find tips on eco-friendly cleaning tips or products we'll share them with you and point you to relevant links.

Green Cleaning Product Links

  • Seventh Generation
  • Earth Friendly Products - High quality cleaning products that are absolutely safe for your family, your pets and the environment, made with replenishable ingredients and that compete with the “majors” in performance, price and convenience.
  • Sun & Earth - Use the latest technology to create cleaning agents from plant, fruit and vegetable oils that are non-toxic to your family and safe for the Earth.
  • Clearly Essential - Lisa Thomas' range of natural house cleaning products has expanded to include Clearly Essential Multi-Purpose Cleaner, Toilet Solution, Extra-Strength Kitchen & Bath Cleaner, Lemon Scrub, and most recently Cinnamon Scrub. The line is based on Lisas secret blend of essential oils and basic natural cleaning ingredients.

Bidmycleaning’s Green House Cleaning Pantry: Castile Soap

Green Cleaning Pantry Castile soap is a very economical addition to your green cleaning pantry. Used alone or together with some of the other staples listed in our green cleaning pantry is can be used to clean just about everything in your home - including you! This all natural soap gets its name from the Castile region of Spain. Now the term Castile soap is used for any mild soap usually with only natural ingredients. While castile soap was originally made from olive oil there are now many variants using oils ranging from coconut to jojoba. In your home castile soap is a great all purpose cleaner and can be used for everything from laundry to dishwashing and degreasing. If you need something with a little disinfecting punch add some tea tree oil and/or vinegar and when the job needs some abrasive action mix castile soap with some baking soda. There are many recipes for green house cleaning products using castile as the main or supplementary ingredient - these are available in books about green house cleaning and on many online blogs. People have their favorites as is the case with which castile soap to use. There are several brands to choose from from Dr Bronner's to Mabel's so you'll can try them and find your favorite. Castile soap can also be used in your personal hygiene routine for hair washing, face cleansing and bathing. Just Google 'castile soap" and you can read many comments from people saying it has made their hair softer and shinier, removes make-up more easily and is the perfect family soap. Other staples we've featured in our green cleaning pantry are: Essential Oils Vinegar Borax Salt Hydrogen Peroxide Baking Soda Tea Tree Oil Cornstarch

Bidmycleaning's Green House Cleaning Pantry: Cornstarch

Green Cleaning Pantry Cornstarch, or cornflour, is the starch of the corn (maize) grain. It has many applications in the home and is a useful addition to your green cleaning pantry. Some of the ways you can use cornstarch are to clean windows, to deodorize and clean carpets and rugs, polish furniture and several others. One of the key ways you can use cornstarch is to cut grease because it does a great job of absorbing oil. When it comes to laundry - as it's name applies - it is a great way of naturally starching clothes. In the kitchen cornstarch is perfect for cleaning areas which becomes greasy such as stove tops, vent hoods and countertops where food prep takes place. To clean these surfaces create a paste of cornstarch and water and then use it like you would any regular commercial de-greaser. In the living room or other carpeted areas of the house cornstarch is a good standby to catch spills - blot the spill immediately, then cover with cornstarch and allow to dry. Once it is dry you can wash using club soda and finish off with a good vacuum. When it comes to window cleaning, cornstarch is a great natural alternative to commercial cleaners. It is easy to mix up a window and glass cleaner. You can mix it with just water or add vinegar if you have some. When using only water, mix 4 cups of water with 1/2 cup of cornstarch in a spray bottle and apply to the windows. If you want to use vinegar then mix 1 cup with with 2 tablespoons of cornstach. Mix into a gallon of water and clean windows. Have a look at some of the other items in our green cleaning pantry.

Bidmycleaning’s Green House Cleaning Pantry - Essential Oils

Green Cleaning Pantry What does a clean home smell like? We've come to associate a fresh lemon or pine scent with clean but in the case of commercial cleaning products that scent is most likely anything but fresh. Typically the fragrance of these products is a cocktail of chemicals that are best avoided in our homes.  The best way to avoid the chemicals in commercial cleaners is of course to make our own at home so we've been highlighting the staples you should have on hand to create your own cleaning products in our green cleaning pantry series. So, how do you get the fresh clean scent for your homemade cleaners? Essential oils like lavender and jasmine are perfect for adding aroma or if your preference tends to the sweeter side, rose or vanilla will do the trick. If you like your clean smell with the zest of citrus then lemon, orange of grapefruit might be what you need. You can also combine various oils for their aromatic and beneficial properties. We've written in the past about the antibacterial properties of tea tree oil and why is should be part of your green cleaning pantry but are there are essential oils you should include and what are their benefits? Lavender: Like tea tree oil, lavender is antibacterial and antiviral and can be effective against fungus. In addition to this it has a woody and somewhat sweet aroma which can help to leave the cleaned areas of your home smelling clean. Jasmine: A great oil for killing mold and/or mildew and also an effective whitener. Eucalyptus: Great for areas where grease cutting power is required and also around bathtubs, mirrors and counters. In the bathroom it is also good for cleaning soap scum. Because it is a solvent it can be used to remove glue residue from price tags and stickers. Lemon: Can be an effective stand in for bleach. Some other oils that are useful for their anti-bacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties are: Camphor, chamomile, citronella, cypress, ginger, verbena, lime, sandalwood, thyme and wintergreen. There are many, many different oils to try so if you have used some of the basics below and want to explore some of the more exotic ones do a little research on their properties and applications and then let your nose lead you. Only use oils that appeal to your sense of smell. Care must be taken when using essential oils. Do not allow essential oils to get in your eyes and be sure to keep them away from children. For maximum effectiveness protect them from direct sunlight by storing them in amber glass bottles. Keep your oils in a dark, cool place where they will not be subject to high temperatures or extreme temperature fluctuations. Visit our eco-friendly cleaning section on for more ideas on green cleaning in your home or to find a local cleaner who offers a green service.

Bidmycleaning's Green House Cleaning Pantry - Vinegar

Green Cleaning Superstar Vinegar is a key component of the green cleaning pantry mainly because of it's antibacterial properties.   Studies have shown that Vinegar kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses).  It is also very effective at dissolving mineral deposits on surfaces which may be damaged by more abrasive cleaning like cleaning with borax.   Mildew removal is another use for vinegar.  Vinegar is also useful as a water softener. There are various varieties of vinegar from distilled white vinegar to apple cider vinegar.   Vinegar is made from soured fruit juice, grain, or wine.  It is a mild acid to due the 5% acetic acid it contains. In the kitchen, keep a reusable spray bottle filled with distilled 5% white vinegar (the typical retail variety) and use it liberally to disinfect surfaces for food preparation such as countertops and cutting boards, use it to cut grease on your stovetop and countertops surrounding your stove, use it to remove stains and to remove water stains and mineral deposits in your sink and on faucets.  It is also useful for spritzing down your garbage can on a regular basis to avoid bacterial growth and to in your garbage disposal.  White vinegar will also remove stains on your coffee pot or in your coffee and tea cups. Boiling some vinegar in your tea kettle regularly will also remove and prevent mineral build-up. Lime buildup on chrome sink fixtures can be removed with a mix of 2 tbsps salt and 1 tspn white vinegar. Your microwave can be cleaned by using a mix of 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup water. Heat in a microwave-safe bowl until it boils and then once removing you will be able to easily wipe the interior clean, even hardened food deposits will come off easily. Keep your dishwasher clean by pouring in a cup of white distilled vinegar and then running your usual cycle. In the bathroom, vinegar is especially useful because of it's antibacterial and antiviral properties.  For example straight vinegar sprayed directly on is great for cleaning the toilet and toilet rim.  Use it to dissolve mineral deposits on shower heads and water faucets and to fight mildew which may appear in the shower.  If you have soap scum buildup in the frame of your shower door or on the shower tile, vinegar will effectively remove it. If your grout has become dirty and discolored, spritz vinegar sit over it and allow it to penetrate for a few minutes before scrubbing it with a toothbrush. In your laundry, vinegar has many benefits such as removing soap residue, preventing yellowing of whites, bringing out bright colors, fabric softenening and reducing static cling. All you need to do is add a 1/4 cup white distilled vinegar to the final rinse. You don't need to worry about harming the fabrics because even though it is an acid, it is too mild to damage the fibers. When you have completed your loads of laundry spray down your washer with vinegar to prevent mold and mildew. If you use a steam iron regular use of vinegar will extend the life of your iron by reducing mineral deposits in the vents and nozzles. This is not even an exhaustive list of how you can use vinegar in your house cleaning. A quick Google search will provide many, many more ways in which vinegar can be a useful addition to your green cleaning line-up but this is a useful starting point for some of the more common household cleaning chores. Add it to your green cleaning pantry today.

Bidmycleaning's Green Cleaning Pantry - Borax

Green House Cleaning Pantry Borax is a naturally occurring mineral composed of sodium, boron, oxygen and water.  It's also an ingredient in cosmetics, medicines, ceramics and building materials.  It is included in our green cleaning pantry because it is more environmentally friendly than your typical commercial cleaners and is very inexpensive.  We do add the one caveat though that you should store it where it is not accessible to your pets and children. Ingesting even small quantities can be toxic to animals and children while larger quantities will be toxic to adults. If using as a pet deodorizer for your carpets then sprinkle it liberally on your carpets but keep pets and children out of that room until you have vacuumed. With pets Borax can also be useful for getting rid of fleas since it has insecticidal properties.  This also applies in your kitchen to discourage ants and other pests - add a little honey to attract them to the borax. Borax is a well know laundry booster.  Adding ½ cup of borax to your load along with your washing powder or liquid improves the cleaning and deodorizing power of your wash and helps remove stains.  In the bathroom sprinkle some borax on a damp sponge and use to wipe surfaces such as glass and tile in and around your sinks, shower and tub.  It is effective at removing soap scum and helps to remove odors.  For the toilet bowl add about 1/4 cup of borax before brushing with a the toilet brush - it will be more effective if you let it stand overnight.  If you have stains in your toilet bowl this will definitely help. In your kitchen you can use borax on countertops and appliances to remove grease and odors.  It is also useful in the garbage disposal to clean and remove odors and will keep your drains clean too.  You can also boost the cleaning power of your dishwasher by adding borax which will remove hard water minerals from your wash which would leave marks on your clean dishes. Borax also works well with other green cleaning pantry essentials like vinegar and baking soda.

Bidmycleaning's Green Cleaning Pantry - Tea Tree Oil

Green Cleaning with Tea Tree Oil Let me start by saying that if you're a cat lover you should skip this post since tea tree oil is toxic to cats. Some people can also be sensitive to it and it is important to keep it away from kids since it should never be swallowed - but it is a worthwhile addition to your green cleaning pantry if you can use it. Tea tree oil is a colorless or pale yellow oil from the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia (Australian Tea Tree). It is is a broad spectrum germicide, fungicide, and bacteriacide and It's natural solvent properties make it an wonderful biodegradable cleaning product and deodorizer. When it comes to cleaning mold or mildew - there is no better way to get rid of it than a mix of one teaspoon of tea tree oil with two cups of water.  Put it into a spray bottle and spray it on the target area.  At first the odor will be strong but allow to dry and you will see it dissipates over time and is completely gone in a day or two.  It is also effective as a grout spray and to remove the odor from your laundry or laundry room.  Add Add 1/2 teaspoon tea tree oil to your laundy and spray your washer after you complete your loads to prevent growth of mold or mildew. For an eco-friendly furniture polish, mix half a teaspoon of the tea tree oil with a quarter of a cup of vinegar.  Try is when next you are house cleaning and you will be very pleased with the shine on your hard woods. For any cleaning task that requires an antiseptic spray such as kitchen or bathroom countertops, toilet areas etc.  Your spray bottle of tea tree oil will be all that you need to make sure you are protected from bacteria. Finally, if you remove your shoes before entering your home as we have suggested you can keep them smelling fresh by spraying some tea tree oil mix inside. To find a maid service that will do your green cleaning for you visit's Eco-Friendly provider search;

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