I have  NOT ONE commercial cleaning product left in our home. Oh wait, I lie…. I do have an industrial sized bottle of Palmolive that I refuse to get rid of because I am “frugal” and just cannot bring myself to waste money on purpose.  Yah, and that bag of 20 LemiShine dishwasher tabs.  Anyhoooo, enter the green cleaning challenge.

I’ve been cleaning with more “natural” ingredients for a while now, kinda by default.  But now it is really real.  I have no Scrubbing Bubbles, Soft Scrub, any brand granite cleaner (again because I am frugal and REFUSE to buy a “uni-tasker”), Windex, Tide (or any other brand) Free and Clear, Downy, Febreze, etc., etc.

What I DO have is vinegar, baking soda, alcohol (and/or Vodka…. shot anyone?), borax, washing soda, and peroxide.  Oh and an essential oil or 2 and Castile soap (more on this in another post).  Water is a given (or it should be).  All of these are items I always have on hand anyway, so technically nothing to “buy”.

So far it turns out that’s all I need to “make” all those commercial items that are just as effective, if not more so.  AND I control what’s in my cleaner(s).  YAY for the type-A/INTJ personality!

I am planning to post some road tested Mean Green Cleaning recipes soon, but for this post I am providing a list of natural cleaners, toxic items they replace, and what each does that I am aware of thus far based on my own usage.

Original Item
Green replacement
Hydrogen peroxide (3%)
Whitener, cleaner, and powerful disinfectant, stain remover
Chlorine bleach
Oxygen bleach/hydrogen peroxide (3%)
Disinfectant, stain remover, whiten & brighten
Disinfectant, odor eliminator, cuts grease, removes soap residue, stain remover
Fabric softener
Whitener, stain-remover, and deodorizer, scouring agent
Washing Soda
Cut grease, deodorize, disinfect
Baking Soda
Scouring agent, deodorizer
Castile Soap
Random multi-taskers
Essential Oils (especially tea tree, citrus, and lavender)
Fragrance, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal
Isopropyl alcohol (or Vodka)
Cut grease/dissolve oils, disinfectant

To be clear, I HAVE NOT used Vodka in my cleaning… Only in my cocktails.  But the premise is the same as rubbing alcohol – high alcohol content = serious cleaning/disinfecting power.

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