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Monday, September 27, 2010

Why are you buying expensive toxic cleaners?

I've been thinking for a while now about cleaning products. I use very little in the way of commercial cleaners, and wanted to share how to save money while going green around the house.

However, I realized today that I don't need to reinvent the wheel, so instead I'm going to give you a couple of links.

Katie at Kitchen Stewardship has a great post on the three basic cleaners she uses. They are white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda. All three can be found super-cheap, and none of them will poison you or your kids. Check it out here.

The Heinz Vinegar website has dozens of ideas for using white vinegar all around the house! There is a section for every room in the house. Check it out here!

Occasionally I find coupons for vinegar, but mostly I buy the giant gallon-sized bottle at Costco. I have three spray bottles of a 50/50 vinegar solution in the house, one in the kitchen, upstairs cleaning cabinet, and downstairs utility room. I have not used Windex on any mirrors or windows in 13 years. I even use it on our hardwood floors.

I have a large stash of baking soda & peroxide because they regularly go on sale at Walgreens (2/$1 baking soda and 3/$1 peroxide). Baking soda does a great job on scrubbing sinks and toilets, and if you get a little blood stain on clothing(test for colorfastness if it's not white clothing) a little peroxide poured directly on it before washing will remove it (a trick I learned when I was working in urgent care back in the '80s).

Check out the links. You'll be surprised how much you can do with 2 bottles and a box, and how much money you will save when you don't buy harsh chemicals to do your housework.

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