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Friday, May 11, 2012

Clean & Healthy Space

Sundays are my preferred days to really deep clean & organize my home, that's not to say I don't clean during the week...  I have 2 kids and a husband, of course I have to clean every day.  But since This Sunday is my first half marathon and Mother's Day (more importantly), I am giving you this list of my favorite green cleaning products in hopes someone will come clean my and all the Mom's out there homes.  A Clean & organized home makes a healthy Space and life (and happy Moms)!  From the bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen, and living rooms, even laundry, I prefer to use homemade and/or "Green" products.  I try to limit the amount of toxins going into our water supply (lessening my carbon footprint), as well as, entering the air my kids breathe and getting on the surfaces they play/eat on.

Here are my recipes for homemade cleaning products...

Window/Mirror Cleaner
1/4-1/2 tsp natural liquid detergent/soap
3 tbsp vinegar (white distilled preferred)
2 cups water
Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up a bit, spray and use as you would use your "Windex"

Creamy Soft Scrub
Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, add enough liquid soap to make mixture like frosting.  Scoop mixture onto sponge, and scrub-a-dub-dub.  This is great for bathtubs!!

Furniture Polish
1/2 tsp oil (olive or jojoba)
1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar. Dab a soft rag into solution, and wipe onto wood surfaces.  Cover the glass jar, and store indefinitely.

Re-purpose old t-shirts as cleaning/dusting rags, old toothbrushes as grout cleaners

Here is my list of Favorite store bought cleaning products...

Scotch Brite: Greener Clean Natural Fiber Sponges
    -I just throw them in the dishwasher to disinfect

Green Works by Clorox: Surface Wipes

Biokleen: All Purpose Cleaner
    -Great for laundry & carpet stains, any just about any surface, and kid toys

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day: Surface Wipes
     -Great for anywhere, great scents, I even travel with a pack

Green Works by Clorox: Natural Glass & Surface cleaner

Bright Green: Bathroom cleaner

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day: Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Bright Green: Automatic Dishwasher Gel Detergent, dye & fragrance free

Seventh Generation: Natural Dish Liquid

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day: Countertop Spray
     -Different scents, all smell awesome, especially Lavender

Swiffer: Dust & Shine Spray

OXO: Double Duster
     -can just throw duster head in laundry, and reuse over and over agian

Bright Green: Double Concentrated Laundry Detergent
    -Lavender scent for adult clothes, and unscented for Kids

Bright Green: Chlorine Free Bleach
     -I use it to sanitize hard toys too.

I hope my favorite cleaning products and recipes make your cleaning day, a little happier, easier, and greener.  A clean-green home makes a Healthy Space, which is key to a Healthy Living!!  Stay tuned for my deep cleaning routine, and my daily speed cleaning routines!  Happy Cleaning and Happy Mother's Day!!

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