Green Cleaners – Change the World Challenge
Posted by eemilla on January 30, 2011
For the most part we aren’t using green cleaners aside from the vinegar and water that my mom always used on windows and mirrors, which by the way is really cheap and works well. I tried using borax in the bathroom for almost a year, but I could never get the toilet really clean even with soaking overnight and scrubbing so we’re back to using a non-green cleaner with bleach alternative. I hate to say it, but I love how much easier it is to clean the toilet with the non-green cleaner. The shower liner remains a constant struggle to keep from molding, even with weekly soaking then washing with vinegar and detergent and line drying; however, I have decided not to resort to bleach because it wasn’t that much better anyway.
For hand washing dishes we use Ecover, and the dishwasher gets Palmolive phosphate free. I use the Dr Bronner’s to scrub the counters before rolling dough, and my husband used some less nasty than expected oven cleaner. For the floors, we’ve used hot water and either the dish soap or Dr Bronner’s. When we camp (mostly only at festivals), Dr. Bronner’s get used for all soap needs, including washing dishes (although of course not the cast iron!)
Writing this post, I decided to Good Guide what we use, and after this bottle we will no longer pay the premium for Ecover Dishwashing liquid. Much to my surprise, Clorox’s Green Works scores much better than the Ecover although I cannot purchase the Green Works at FBFC. Our automatic dishwasher liquid also scored poorly on the health side of the equation so we’ll be looking for an alternative there too.
For the laundry, we use Ultra Purex, but I think again we might try Green Works because it has a better health rating. My husband adds washing soda to his work laundry to help make it smell better (because as anyone who has worked in food service knows even after washing those clothes still have a smell), and of course we dry as much outside as possible (which really works to freshen up his work clothes).
I will be interested to get some more ideas on homemade green cleaners from everyone else participating.