Organic cleaning products come in two forms; store bought and homemade cleaning products.
The store bought organic cleaners are just now starting to make a place for themselves on shelves and may be hard to find in some areas.
If they are available to you, give them a try as an alternative to the normal chemical cleaners you use to see how they work for you.
If they aren’t available or you feel they are too expensive, you can make your own organic cleaning products out of items that are already in your home.
Commercial Organic Cleaners:
The good news about store bought organic cleaners is they are improving all the time.
Make sure to read the label very carefully when you are buying these products and make sure they say they are made from organic materials and not just labeled environmentally friendly.
In many cases, organic products are not going to be as immediately effective as their non-organic cleaning counterparts.
After all strong acids for removing soap scum and phosphates to boost the power of detergents are not environmentally friendly.
As long as you are willing to take a little extra time when cleaning, you should be able to get the same level of clean as the harsher non organic products do. It just takes a little bit more elbow grease.
There are a handful of names that are coming onto the scene as major producers of organic cleaners and cleaning supplies.
The most prevalent of these is Seventh Generation; they provide everything from organic laundry detergent and toilet bowl cleaner to diapers.
Homemade cleaners can be made with everyday items that you would normally keep in your house already.
Items that you don’t have to worry about getting on your skin or contaminating the water supply. Just about everything you need for cleaning can be made from organic household materials.
Vinegar is about as organic as it comes.
At Mrs. Clean, (we are a real house cleaning company- Not just a cleaning tips website) we use vinegar in many ways: We use a mix of vinegar and water to clean hard flooring such as wood, linoleum and pergo floors.
Straight white vinegar can be used to clean a number of different things- It is a natural deodorizer, leaves so residue and a mild antibacterial and antiviral.
It can be used to polish and clean stainless steel.
Baking soda is a great cleaning agent.
Its non toxic and a multi purpose cleaner. Its also really inexpensive.
It is a natural deodorizer, and a very effective water softener and detergent booster (who needs phosphates anyway!)
A box of baking soda in the refrigerator absorbs unpleasant odors.You can put it into the garbage can to reduce odors;
Grease fires can be put out by sprinkling them with baking soda. You can also use it to clean and sanitize and remove stains with it.
Its a power house cleaner in an unassuming package. Don’t feel like you’re doing without, when using baking soda. Its a great organic cleaner!
Organic Window Cleaning Recipe:
- ¼ cup vinegar
- 2 cups water
- ½ teaspoon or less of organic dishwashing soap
Mix all ingredients together and put in a labeled spray container.
Baking soda is also another all-purpose agent that is handy to have on hand to make organic cleansers.
All Purpose Cleanser:
- 1 quart of warm water
- 4 tablespoons baking soda
Mix ingredients and use wherever you would normally use a commercial cleanser.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
- 1 cup of vinegar
- ¼ cup baking soda
Mix together for an organic, non-bleach toilet bowl cleaner. Simply pour mixture into the toilet bowl, let sit for 5 minutes or so then scrub as normal.
Baking soda absorbs odors and can be put in small cabinets or other areas to avoid the use of chemical air fresheners.