Thursday, August 23, 2012

4 Easy Green Cleaning Supermarket Swaps

These are my favorite healthy alternatives to conventional, toxic cleaning products. I've used all of these products at my home and at client's homes with excellent results.

If you love Ajax or Comet powder, try Bon Ami Powder Cleanser.

Bon Ami is a true friend to green homemakers!
This gentle chlorine-free scrub is excellent. I use it for a variety of surfaces in the kitchen and the bathroom, including pots, stainless steel sink basin, stove top, ceramic tub and sink basin, and the toilet bowl.

If you love Pine Sol, try Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds.

Sal Suds
Unlike other Dr. Bronner's products, Sal Suds is not soap-based. Sal Suds is a balanced formulation of naturally derived surfactants with pure fir and spruce essential oils. It is made specifically for household cleaning. In addition to using it to clean a variety of floor surfaces, I keep a dilution of it in a spray bottle for all-purpose cleaning and use it to launder my cleaning rags.

If you love Windex, try club soda.

Tip: Keep club soda banned together with newspaper so you have everything you need together for impulse glass cleaning. C'mon! It happens!
Soda manufactures often add baking soda to club soda. The minerals added to this carbonated water make club soda excellent for cleaning glass, mirrors, and interior windows. Put some in a spray bottle. Be sure to avoid flavored varieties for cleaning purposes. (Update: Sodium-free is fine.) Check out this list of 6 ways to clean with club soda by Angela, a fellow cleaning blogger.

If you love Fantastik, try white vinegar.

White vinegar: cheap and awesome!
You can clean almost anything with vinegar. It's a wonderful all-purpose household cleaner. I always buy a big gallon jug of it so that I have some on hand to refill my spray bottle with a 50/50 water vinegar dilution and for mixing with different things to make a variety of more complex cleaners.

Olivia Lane is a Blogger, Green Living Educator, and Health Coach trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She's also author of Baking Soda & Bliss: The Healthy & Happy Guide to Green Cleaning 

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