Green Cleaning Products That Actually Work

green cleaning products that actually workUsing eco-friendly cleaning products sounds like a great idea, but not all of them can get the job done — so today we’re sharing tips on green cleaning products that actually work, whether you’re integrating them into your own routines for keeping a clean house or you’re asking your cleaning service to use green cleaning products.

(We’ve talked about the hiring a cleaning professional and discussed our general cleaning systems, and we recently shared the busy woman’s guide to last-minute cleaning, but we’ve never specifically looked at green cleaners. Over at CorporetteMoms we’ve looked at when working moms should hire a cleaning service.)

One product I really like is Method Bathroom Cleaner. It’s not the most effective bathroom cleaner in the world, but it doesn’t irritate my lungs like harsh cleaners do, and it’s safer for my skin. Kat is a fellow fan of Method products — though at her house, it’s Method Daily Shower Spray Cleaner — and she also likes ChemFree Toilet Cleaner (which uses “mineral magnets”) and the Zip-It drain cleaning tool as an alternative to Drano [affiliate links].

To get some more tips on green cleaning products that actually work, I talked to a few professional women who do varying amounts of their housecleaning with green products. One of those is Holly S. of Fairfax, VA, who started using green cleaners more often when her first child reached toddler age. “I’ve read a lot about the chemicals in many mainstream cleaners,” she says. “There are skin irritants, chemicals linked to asthma, carcinogens, not to mention the fact that many are bad for the environment. So I wanted to start using cleaners made from all natural cleaners that would be healthier all the way around.”

DIY Green Cleaning Products That Actually Work

Holly gets her “recipes” for green cleaners from books, such as The Hands-On Home by Erica Strauss [affiliate link], and parenting/natural living blogs, such as Mommypotamus. “A few have been trial and error after reading ideas about how best to clean certain areas and objects, and then I’ve experimented with different ingredients,” she says. Holly makes her own all-purpose cleaner, glass cleaner, floor cleaner (used with a Swiffer-style wet mop), toilet cleaner, and others. “My favorite is a simple all-purpose cleaner, which is made of water, Castile soap, and essential oils,” she says. “It leaves no residue, the citrus oils cut through grease as effectively as any other cleaner I’ve ever used, and certain essential oils even have antimicrobial effects, so they leave my surfaces wonderfully clean.”

Pam Moore, who lives in Boulder, CO, makes cleaning spray with water, vinegar, essential oils (tea tree or peppermint or lemon), and ammonia — sometimes replacing ammonia with Dawn. (Remember to never mix ammonia with bleach.) For homemade laundry detergent, she mixes Borax, washing soda, soap, and water. When she mops the floor with a steam mop, Pam uses water with a few drops of essential oil for a nice scent. “I definitely think the kitchen counter spray and laundry soap work just as well as what I used to buy at the store,” she says.

Emily Farmer Popek of Oneonta, NY, has found green products to be effective, too. “Honestly, the homemade solutions — vinegar, baking soda — work just as well as literally any other cleaning product I’ve ever used, if not better! Especially for cleaning really terrible gunk — like ovens.”

“Recipes” for Green Cleaners:  

  • 10 All-Natural Homemade Cleaning Solutions to Scrub Every Inch of Your Home [Real Simple]
  • 9 Homemade Cleaners You Can Make Yourself [Good Housekeeping]
  • What Really Happens When You Mix Baking Soda with Vinegar? [The Kitchn]
  • Clean Green: Natural Cleaning Products [Martha Stewart]
  • 6 Things That Are Naturally Antibacterial to Safely Disinfect Your Home [Real Simple]

Store-Bought Green Cleaning Products That Actually Work

If you don’t have time to make your own green cleaning products (or just don’t feel like it — that would be me), you have plenty to choose from at the grocery store or Amazon, of course. But the FTC has caught many companies making misleading claims about green products, so how do you know whether to trust the manufacturers’ ads and labeling? Companies aren’t even required to give the complete list of a cleaning product’s ingredients on its label. A few helpful resources from this Washington Post article are the EPA’s Safer Choice label, Whole Foods’ Eco-Scale rating (only for products sold at their stores), and UL’s ECOLOGO Product Certification. Note that The Environmental Working Group may not be the best resource for this — the advocacy group has often been criticized for fear-mongering and incorrect claims.

In addition to her own mixtures, Pam uses store-bought products, such as Method peppermint cleaning spray for the bathroom, and Emily is yet another fan of Method’s offerings. “They make a squirt-and-mop cleaner for wood floors that I LOVE. I don’t like strong fragrances, so that’s a big plus for me,” she says. She has found, however, that green products don’t really cut it when it comes to toilets and tubs. “We have hard water, which leaves a residue on surfaces that’s just REALLY hard to bust up without some serious industrial strength cleansers — and/or a lot of elbow grease!” [affiliate link]

Lawyer/journalist and Corporette contributor Rebecca Berfanger often uses lavender Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap, which can be used for all sorts of home tasks, such as cleaning the bathtub, and is part of this DIY laundry detergent recipe. (The description on the Dr. Bronner’s website recommends their Castile soap for “Face, body, hair & food, dishes, laundry, mopping, pets” — and it’s fair-trade, too.) Rebecca also likes a green laundry detergent called ECOS. She uses green cleaning products (such as these Green Works wipes) for cleaning things her cats will be in close contact with — and for household spot cleaning, she uses either the wipes or a green cleaning spray.

Further reading:

  • The Best Natural Cleaning Products [The Strategist]
  • 8 Green Cleaning Products [Real Simple]
  • An expert’s choice for the best eco-friendly cleaning supplies [Today]

If you’re interested in making your own housecleaning a bit more environmentally-friendly, you don’t have to rush out and buy a lot of green products or start putting together elaborate concoctions in your kitchen. Emily has this advice: “I honestly would recommend starting off by seeing what you can do with, yes, vinegar and baking soda. It’s truly amazing how many cleaning products you can replace with just those two ingredients! And for me it was empowering to be able to start with something that was already right there in my cupboard.”

Note: For this post, we do recognize that anecdotes do not equal science (check out this article by Wirecutter’s science editor, who has a PhD in chemistry), but the cleaners used by the women we talked to clearly work for them! Also, note that the word “natural” doesn’t have an official meaning, and “green” can be vague, too — but they’re hard to avoid in a post like this. 

Have you found green cleaning products that actually work? Have you hired a cleaning service that uses green cleaners? Why did you make the switch? (Are there certain chemicals you’re especially worried about?) Do you make your own or use store-bought? Which ones have you found that work really well, and which haven’t really been up to the task? Do you find yourself spending more or less money with environmentally-friendly cleaning? 

Stock photo image via Deposit Photos / cunaplus.

Trying to do more eco-friendly cleaning, either due to pets, kids, allergies or just environmental concerns? We rounded up the best green cleaning products that actually work, whether they're for your own cleaning routines or to ask your cleaning service to use...

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Japan’s Players Redefine Sportsmanship By Cleaning Up Locker Room After Losing at the World Cup

Japan suffered a devastating loss against Belgium in the knock-out round of the World Cup, after leading the game 2-0 with just 25 minutes remaining in the second half. The shocking 3-2 loss meant Japan was out of the soccer competition and headed home. Before they left, though, the heartbroken team showed an impressive display of good sportsmanship and even better manners.

On the field, the team respectfully bowed to their opponents. They then filed into the locker room to change. But before they departed, they left the room completely spotless and even left a thank you note in Russian for their hosts, The Independent reports.

It wasn’t just the team, either. As they left the stadium, the devastated football fans took the time to clean up all trash in the Rostov-on-Don soccer arena, leaving virtually no trace of their time there. This isn’t the first time fans clad in their booster gear stayed to clean up after themselves—they packed away all their trash after the team beat Colombia earlier in the tournament. Sports Illustrated notes that the Senegalese fans cleaned up their sections during the tournament, too.

Perhaps American fans can learn a little something from this competition, even if the U.S. Men’s Team didn’t qualify.

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Should You Try Swedish Death Cleaning?

Throughout our lives, we gather all kinds of possessions, some we keep out of necessity, some because of their sentimental value. As our ages grow, so do our collections of belongings—which can become quite substantial over the years.

When we pass away, those items are often left to our family members and friends to deal with, which can be emotionally taxing and exhausting.

While it’s safe to assume that some of our prized possessions will be cherished gifts to loved ones, certainly not everything we own is going to end up having emotional or financial value to someone we care about—even if the item meant something to us.

To save our families from the onerous task of sorting through our homes and trying to determine what we wanted done with the remnants of our material lives we can try to offer some relief now through Swedish death cleaning, or dostadning.

In this post, we’ll go over what exactly it is and how it can help you and your family.

What is Swedish Death Cleaning?

Swedish death cleaning is the act of organizing your material life before you pass away so that you can take the burden of doing so off of your loved ones and live a simpler, decluttered life.

While dostadning has been a common practice in Sweden for many years, it was recently modernized by Margareta Magnusson, author of The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning, who said, “It is about a permanent form of organization that makes your everyday life run more smoothly,” while speaking to The Chronicle.

Essentially, it is the act of going through your belongings as you age and choosing which items you want to keep, which you want to gift to others, and which you should dispose of or sell, and it offers many benefits to both you and your favorite people.

What Are The Benefits of Swedish Death Cleaning?

While some may consider Swedish death cleaning to be a morbid affair, it doesn’t need to be. Once you remove the taboo of talking about death and look at it from a practical perspective, it can actually be a very positive endeavor for everyone involved. Some of the benefits include:

Decluttering your life. As the years go by, it’s no secret that your belongings can start to pile up. From old magazines to VCRs, chances are you have accrued more than you need. Decluttering can help you to feel more in control of your life and your possessions.

Unburdening your loved ones. Most aspects of estate planning, like creating a Last Will or End-of-Life Plan, are focused around your preferences, not necessarily what your nearest and dearest would prefer. And while that does help them to make decisions for you, like what you want done with your remains, the process of going through your worldly goods can be painful and difficult for anyone suffering from grief.

By taking on that task yourself, you can help them to avoid having to decide what you would have wanted done with the contents of your household.

Seeing your possessions take on a new life. While many people gift items to their loved ones in their estate plans, doing so after death keeps you from seeing the people you love enjoy what you have given them. It can be an extremely positive experience to give someone a gift that they genuinely appreciate and to see that item cherished and used instead of sitting in storage.

Choosing what gets left behind. Many people don’t consider cleaning up their belongings before passing away, and by not going through any of your possessions, you leave that responsibility up to your loved ones. That means that they may accidentally come across something that could be hurtful or embarrassing, even after you have passed away.

If there is anything that you would prefer that your family not find or have to deal with, getting rid of it beforehand can avoid unnecessary hurt feelings or awkward situations.

Increasing your disposable income. By selling off some of the items that you don’t want, and that you can’t gift to anyone else, you can make some extra money to do with as you wish. You may also be able to decrease your living expenses by downsizing to a smaller home, giving you even more cash to use towards whatever you prefer.

Simplifying your estate plans. Your estate plans encompass all of the preferences you have for your assets, debts, remains, and more when you pass away. The more assets that you have, the more complicated they become. By unloading some of the items you know you don’t want, and that won’t be of use to anyone else, you can simplify how you want your assets distributed after you die.

This can help to make your estate plans much more straightforward, which can make a big difference to those who have to follow them after you are gone.

Taking Control of Your Life and Your Assets

Don’t think of Swedish death cleaning as a morbid act. Instead, think of it as a way to take control of your material life and all of the possessions that encompasses. Freeing yourself of items that have become a burden can be a cathartic and liberating experience, especially if the benefits are passed on to those you care about as well.

While death cleaning isn’t for everyone, it is a great way to declutter not only your life but your estate plans. Remember that it can be done in small doses and that you can recruit friends and family members to give you a hand if you need to.

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The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. And spring cleaning season is officially here! Banish the dust and grime that have accumulated in your home this winter and click through the see the most essential cleaners that will help you get the job done right.
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The Best Cleaning Products for Every Kind of Mess

Sometimes the hardest part of cleaning is knowing which product you can trust to get the job done right. That’s why we asked Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, what she recommends for every sticky, slimy, and, ahem, messy situation you might encounter.

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This Finnish Cleaning Method Will Change the Way You Dry Dishes

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22 Cleaning Problems You Can Solve With Baking Soda

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Molly Maid Franchisee Is Cleaning Up With Her House Cleaning Service

Eleven years ago, Lisa Johnson, owner of Molly Maid Playa Vista in Southern California, realized she didn’t want her upcoming retirement dictating how she spent her time. The former clinical psychologist knew it was time to venture onto her own business but had no idea what type of business she would both enjoy and find success.

(Image: Lisa Johnson)

 

While searching online, she was offered a free consultation with a franchise consultant and turns out, that was one pop-up box that she was glad she clicked on. After sharing key pieces of information with her consultant (e.g. work experience, likes and dislikes, investment level, etc.) her consultant recommended a few brands, and she ultimately landed on Molly Maid.

Idea of a Franchise Eased Her Doubts about Business Ownership

 

Johnson was not familiar with the brand, but really liked the business model, the operational support provided, and the investment level. However, she also had doubts. She knew that as a professional, she was good at following instructions and tasks, but had no experience in running a business. The franchise opportunity was unique in that it allowed her to be in business for herself, but not by herself; offering business plans and operational support already in place.

As with most new businesses, Johnson encountered challenges. She figured her previous work experience in screening and managing people would translate into hiring and managing a growing staff of housekeepers. She quickly realized it did not.

In her previous career, Johnson screened educated job candidates. In her new business, the population was very different. The majority that applied had little-to-no formal education, and some spoke very little English, with no written English skills. Additionally, she discovered that employee retention was a challenge in residential cleaning.

Turning Challenges into Positive Changes

 

Johnson recognized that she would need to make connections into the community where her workforce would be coming from; and that’s exactly what she did. Getting connected was the first step. Then she had to build trust within the community. Johnson shared that getting past the “outsider” perception was really important. It took time and patience, and now she speaks a little more Spanish and her employees a little more English—some of whom have been with her for the entire 11 years she’s been in business. She now has 16 employees in her Molly Maid franchise.

She attributes her overall success to superior customer service. And making it through the Great Recession gave a confidence boost she didn’t expect. She leverages technology to ensure appointments are made and kept, services are easily paid for through credit card auto pay, customer preferences are followed (e.g., green products), and automated surveys are sent.

Molly Maid residential cleaning services has home professionals that service more than 1.7 million homes annually, and has more than 450 units operating in the U.S. Johnson has leveraged the strong brand and all the tools the franchise provides to create a successful business.

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Spring Cleaning for the Soul

We all know that this winter has been pretty rough with the seemingly endless blizzards, ice storms and sub-zero weather. But March marks the beginning of spring — the season of change. Mother Nature runs her course, thawing life out of the winter cold and breathing new life into spring. People seem to reflect that same change this time of year as well. Researchers have noted that spring is often a time where people step out of a stagnant and enclosed mindset into a more relaxed state of mind.

But before we can pack away our puffy coats and bring out our favorite espadrilles let’s take the time to make goals for our spring. In the few weeks of cold that we still have left, I encourage you to focus on the goals you made at the beginning of the year (you remember those New Year’s resolutions, right?) and the things you want to rid yourself of moving forward. Here are a few suggestions for some mental spring cleaning before we whisk away into our short shorts:

Sweep out unhealthy relationships: Can’t stop thinking about the ex that wronged you? Feeling hurt by the emotional absence of someone who used to be a friend? Not enjoying the way certain people in your life make you feel? There will always be people in your life that may not be the healthiest friends or colleagues for you, whether that’s in the workplace, school, or your daily life. Realizing someone is not healthy for you is a process. The actual act of cleaning them out, may involve simple habit changes. Unplugging on social media can be a great first step. Instead of unfriending or unfollowing someone specific, spend a couple of days completely off of Facebook and Twitter and simplify your life. If it feels good, unplug even more. Once you stop worrying about that person or people online you’ll start to relax and forget about how they made you feel in real life. If social media isn’t your thing, try to make an extra effort for the friends who do make you feel good. Plan a girls night with the ladies who have stuck by your side, invite a friend who you haven’t had a ton of time for to lunch, allow yourself to enjoy the people who care about you! One of the hardest things to learn in life is how to let people go, it’s hard but if you put your attention on the relationships that actually give you something, you’ll feel better!

Scrub your mental space: We are so consumed by the hustle and bustle of every day life that we often allow things to not only pile up on our desk but also in our soul. Spring is a great season to clean out your mind and let positive, balanced energy in. Try a creative venture; read a new book, take 10 minutes out of your day to work on a craft or do some free writing. Or you could simply allow yourself to find inspiration from the mundane. Do you walk to work? Take a train or car? Why not use that time to listen to a new band or find a podcast that could interest you? Have you ever truly explored your own neighborhood, looked at the architecture, gone people watching? Creativity and inspiration are the best cleaning products for the soul.

Rest and tune up: It’s so easy to be sucked into nervous energy throughout our daily life. Deadlines, dues, family, friends, money, health; it’s needless to say we have a lot to worry about. While nervous energy can help us get things done, it can also do a number on our physical and mental health. It’s crucial for our bodies and minds to rest; the No. 1 way? Sleep. Getting eight hours of sleep per night can lengthen your life expectancy and support your immune system. If sleep isn’t an option, try meditation; 20 minutes of meditation per day has been shown to increase emotional and physical health as well as reduce your risk for heart disease. Seeing as the average American watches 4-5 hours of TV a day, finding 20 minutes will be a cinch! Prioritize resting your body and mind and you will wake up with more energy this spring.

There are a million ways to let spring influence your life. Let yourself breathe, rest, enjoy the people you love, and allow yourself to let go of those who make you feel insecure and unhappy. Get inspired by your world and community and enjoy the soul change this season!
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TYR Cleaning and Repair Wetsuit Care Kit

TYR Cleaning and Repair Wetsuit Care Kit


Engineered to keep your neoprene equipment at peak performance, the TYR Cleaning and Repair Wetsuit Care Kit offers the essential tools to care for, clean and condition your wetsuit. Conditioning Detergent : A scientifically balanced maintenance detergent for all neoprene and wetsuit gear that offers a powerful blend of natural enzymes and microbes used to remove odors caused by mold, mildew and bacteria. Helps to keep Neoprene gear and wetsuits free of organic residue, chlorine and salt deposits. Chlorine-removing agents and conditioners help prevent premature aging and oxidation. Biodegradable. Zipper Restorer : Cleans and lubricates wetsuit zippers to prevent jams and ensure performance. Showcasing a unique brush top, the zipper restorer gets fluid between the teeth to remove harmful dirt, sand and salt deposits. Also works on bags, coats and jacket zippers. Wetsuit Patching System : Repairs everyday damage (from fingernail holes to tears) in your wetsuit. Unique urethane adhesive offers supreme bonding technology as it seals, waterproofs and protects against scuffs. Includes a COTOL 240 urethane cure accelerator and pre-cleaner to speed repair process. BODYGLIDE(R) Anti-Chafe Balm : Helps prevent and relieve chafed and chapped skin on sensitive skin areas while competing and training in wetsuits. Hypoallergenic, non-petroleum based. Easy on application.
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The 2007-2012 World Outlook for Household Cleaning Supplies

The 2007-2012 World Outlook for Household Cleaning Supplies


New – INTRODUCTIONOVERVIEWThis study covers the world outlook for household cleaning supplies across more than 200 countries. For each year reported, estimates are given for the latent demand, or potential industry earnings (P.I.E.), for the country in question (in millions of U.S. dollars), the percent share the country is of the region and of the globe. These comparative benchmarks allow the reader to quickly gauge a country vis–vis others. Using econometric models which project fundamental e

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Shoe Gear Men’s Suede and Nubuck Cleaning Kit

Shoe Gear Men’s Suede and Nubuck Cleaning Kit


Shoe Gear Men’s Suede and Nubuck Cleaning Kit: Quickly removes spots, scuffs and stains from suede and nubuck shoes, boots, handbags, clothing and accessories Also great with sheepskin leathers Will not alter color or texture Keeps all suede-like fabrics looking new The enclosed special eraser eliminates most marks and stains The cleaning tool has nylon bristles that remove dirt and help restore the texture on suede and nubuck leathers The rubber “bristles” and serrated blades clean the edges around shoes and boots

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