One of my goals for the New Year is to complete my switch to green cleaning products.
I’ve been using nontoxic cleaning products for years, making my own using this old post from The Simple Dollar as my guide. (If you purchased One Bite at a Time, “Switch to Non-Toxic Cleaners” is Project #24 and contains resources and an all-purpose cleaner recipe.)
Baking soda is my favorite green cleaning product–I’m still shocked at how well it tackles really nasty jobs ; anything involving tea tree oil is my least favorite (I just hate the smell–ew!)
But when it comes to the cleaning product I use the most–a basic all-purpose cleaner–I prefer to buy it, not make it. I am really into smells, and I would much rather buy a nontoxic cleaner off the shelf knowing I love the scent than mess around with expensive essential oils at home. And store-bought all-purpose cleaner is very cost-efficient if you buy it concentrated.
My current bottle of Mrs Meyers cleaner cost almost $7 but it will make 16 gallons of cleaning product. That’s 2048 ounces: equal to 64 32-ounce bottles of cleaning product. (My bottles below are filled with blue water, which I don’t recommend as a cleaning product.)
When Vitacost started offering $10 off your first order, I used that opportunity to try Mrs. Meyers products for the first time. (The everyday prices on the Vitacost website are already good, but they’re absolutely unbeatable with the coupon.) I used my coupon and got the Mrs Meyers Lemon Verbena All Purpose Cleaner and a few more Mrs Meyers items (in a variety of scents, of course) for a whopping $12, including shipping. And I love them.
You can use this link to get your own $10 off coupon code to Vitacost delivered to your inbox. (Other buying options: Amazon has a nice selection of Mrs Meyers products, and I can find a great selection at my local Whole Foods and Fresh Market. My neighborhood Kroger also carries a small selection.)
The one standard cleaning product I didn’t know how to replace with something green was Pledge, so I still used that regularly–until last week. After doing quite a bit of research, I found out that all I needed to dust my furniture was a damp microfiber cloth and water! If I had known it was that simple, I would have made the switch years ago! (I bought my microfiber cloths in the automotive section at Target, but you can find them online, too.)
So I’m crossing another goal off my list. “Complete the switch to green cleaning products”–DONE!
Do you use nontoxic cleaners? What’s your favorite product?
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