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Green Cleaning: Some Basic Tips & Products to Help You Get Started

When I started my journey to healthy living back in 2006, I had no idea that healthy living included… well, all parts of “living”.  This meant considering what I put on my skin, in my hair, even what I washed my family’s green-cleaning-basicsclothes and dishes with. It took me a good 6 years into my healthy living to finally realize that everything we do affects our health, not just what we eat.  It’s time to get rid of the Mr. Yuck stickers, to throw out your conventional, chemical ridden cleaning supplies and start green cleaning!

Not only will you get all those chemicals out of your house, but green cleaning also is going to save you money.  Gone will be the days where you have to buy a different cleaning product for every room in your house, for every appliance.  With organic/green cleaning products you will be able to clean your WHOLE house with just a few different supplies.  In this post I will share with you how I got started green cleaning:

1. Green Cleaning Starts with Getting Rid of Other Cleaners

I went through my whole house and took every conventional, chemical, cleaning product I had and put it in a big box (this included my dish soap, glass cleaner, air freshener, hand soap dispensers, sprays,  disinfecting wipes, laundry detergent, bathroom, kitchen cleaners, etc.) after I was done, I had a very large box overflowing with chemicals.

2. Getting Rid of Non-Green Cleaning Products

I properly & safely disposed of our household chemical products, meaning I didn’t dump them down the sink , toilet or throw them in our trash (which could lead it back into our environment and lead to further pollution and we don’t want to risk that!). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  has excellent tips for how to properly and safely dispose of your household chemical materials.

3. Shopping for Green Cleaning Ingredients

This is the fun part: shopping for your new green cleaning household products!  Here is a list of basic green cleaning products that I use for my whole household:

  • Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castile Soap is one of my favorites and I always keep this in my house. One bottle goes a long way as it’s super concentrated.  Dr. Bronner’s is an excellent choice for green cleaning because it is made from organic all natural vegetable and hemp oils and uses no animal fats or synthetic chemicals.
  • White Vinegar, is one of the most inexpensive, natural and  a very effective cleaning super hero that can stand up to most any commercial product.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide, seem weird to you?  Most people have it around for cleaning cuts and scrapes… but this little brown bottle does wonders for cleaning the house!
  • Baking Soda/Washing Soda – I could honestly write a whole entire blog with the wonderful benefits and uses of baking soda, everyone needs this as a staple in their home.
  • Borax is a naturally occurring mineral made up of sodium, boron, oxygen, and water which makes it an excellent choice for green cleaning.  You can find this in the laundry section of your local grocery store and one box will last you months.  I use this primarily for my laundry soap.
  • Spray bottles/Containers now that you have thrown out all your household products you are going to need new containers and bottles to put all your new Green Cleaning concoctions in.  This is a very inexpensive start up cost.  Any grocery/house ware store sells empty spray bottles for a very affordable price. I also recycle and reuse my gallon vinegar bottles for my homemade Laundry detergent.

These basic green cleaning tips and products should help you get started on your own spring cleaning regimen! Did we miss any favorites?  What green cleaning products do you love?

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I'm a firm believer that you are what you eat and I want to be fresh, local, organic and healthy! I've spent a lifetime experimenting with natural foods, different diets and ways of eating, and have settled on the food philosophy that Michael Pollan expresses so well: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. I'm passionate about organic foods, natural living, cooking healthy meals, and improving my health on a daily basis.

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