December 26, 2011

Cleaning Up...


Can you believe Christmas is over?!  I pray you had wonderful memories with friends and family.  I know one thing that is always waiting for you when the holidays are finished...cleaning!  I thought this would be a good time to share some cool products that will help you get your cleaning done without any harmful chemicals!


Kiwi Magazine did a poll of more than 1,000 of it’s readers this year and "the people" voted these cleaners as the top green cleaners in more than 24 categories…I’ll tell you which ones I’ve tried and like.

KITCHEN:
Dish Soap: Seventh Generation (my favorite too – I love the lavander mint scent)
Dishwashing Liquid: Seventh Generation (I haven’t used this yet)
Dishwasher Powder: Seventh Generation (I tried this once, and it wasn’t bad but I’m not a big powder fan)
Dishwasher Pellets: Seventh Generation (I tried a box of these discounted, and they worked good, but also not a huge fan of the little packets)
Dishwasher Rinsing Agent: Seventh Generation – I think they stole the show in the kitchen! (I just use white vinegar and it works great!)
Oven Cleaner: Nature Clean (I’ve never tried or even heard of this – if you have, leave a comment and share your thoughts)
Countertop Cleaner: Method (I love method, but I actually use the #2 product: Mrs. Meyers Kitchen Countertop Cleaner – LOVE it!)
Stainless Steel Cleaner: Earth Friendly Products (never tried, don’t own a ss cleaner actually)

BATHROOM:
Tub and Tile Cleaner: Seventh Generation (surprise!)
Glass Cleaner: Seventh Generation
Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Green Works (I actually use Seventh Generation for this, haha)

FLOOR and FURNITURE:
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner: Simple Green Naturals (never heard of this, but Biokleen is #2 and that’s what I use)
Hardwood and Linoleum Cleaner: Method
Wood and Furniture Polish: Method (JRWatkins Naturals was on the list too – I’d like to try that!)

LAUNDRY:
Liquid or Powder Detergent: Can you guess?? Seventh Generation (I like, but it’s a bit pricey)
Whitening Detergent: Green Works (I also use vinegar)
Fabric Softener: Seventh Generation (I use vinegar for this as well)
Dryer Sheets: Seventh Generation (my FAVORITE is Method)
Baby Laundry Detergent: Seventh Generation (as well as BabyGanics, Earth Friendly Products, and Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day)
Stain Remover: Green Works

ALL PURPOSE:
Wipes: Seventh Generation
Spray: Seventh Generation (I prefer the Unscented)
Gel/Cream/Powder: 20 Mule Team Borax (I’ve also used this in recipes to create dishwashing detergent and toilet bowl cleaners)
Air Freshener: Citrus Magic (I honestly can’t stand that scent anymore so I use BabyGanics pump air freshner and LOVE it!)

Here is a previous post of all my personal favorite cleaning products!  It feels good to know that when you’re cleaning up after all the holiday parties you’re not filling your home with nasty chemicals!  What are some of your favorite cleaning products or homemade recipes?

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