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I am planning on buying some "Organic" cleaning products this week or next. I always get headaches whenever I clean the bathroom or kitchen and am around the regular cleaning products too long.
Does anyone else use Organic Cleaning Products? I was just wondering and wanted to know if they work as well as the others, i.e. Lysol, Formula 409, etc. Thanks!


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Posts: 453 | Location: "The Garden State" ~ N.J. | Registered: Jul 13, 2012Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Hi Wavy,

Timely post for cleaning as in it is time to clean. LOL.

I have switched from a green apple scented cleaner to Meyer's Clean Day. It is concentrated so you can dilute it and use in a spray bottle. Seems to clean fine without any side effects.

Recently used a product (regular grocery aisle item) for the shower. The fumes were awful and immediate. I had to rinse it right off and leave the house for a while.

Others have used vinegar for cleaning or laundry but I can't take the smell. For our laundry, I add 1/2 cup of this to each load. It has other cleaning uses also.

http://www.20muleteamlaundry.com/about/other-uses/

Good luck on your cleaning too. Please let us know if you like them.


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Most products that are organic would always boast them on their label. Smile You can also choose to do organic products at home for cleaning. There are a lot of cleaning recipes available online. Baking soda is one of widely used cleaning agent that's available. Smile -ana_b

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I do not believe there is a legal definition for "organic" cleaners. What that means is the same as usual.....buyers beware. Do not trust labels, read contents. What is good for someone else is not always good for you. You will have to use trial and error to see what really cleans and what you like and can tolerate.
 
Posts: 6721 | Location: North MN & Northern AR | Registered: Oct 01, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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metwo is correct...read the contents.

Some of the best "organic" cleaners - perhaps a better word might be "non-toxic" are vinegar and baking soda - used separately. Vinegar for a disinfectant - baking soda for scouring. You can also pour some baking soda in your drain, then pour in some vinegar. It bubbles and foams.

Neither takes care of stains very well.
 
Posts: 16464 | Location: Daingerfield, TX | Registered: Feb 07, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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My best cleaning agent is: steam.
You won't get a kitchen or bath cleaner and more sanitary than with steam.
Bought agent: Simple Green. Very light scent.Spray/steam off/wipe. GREAT!
 
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M-ma, Simple Green is a prime example of how different people react differently to the same product. I can't stand the smell of Simple Green and have found it to be very harsh to use.


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Posts: 6198 | Location: Northwest Florida | Registered: Dec 12, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Beau's Rose, what green apple scent cleaner was that?

Personally, I don't like the aroma of Simple Green either. Yuk.

I've tried some cleaners that have febreeze added to them. Gosh, I just don't like like the smell of febreeze no matter what the flavor is. There's a cleaner that has Gain mixed in--I like the smell of Gain but get tired of it.

Wonder if we can mix some fabric softener in with vinegar and use that? Would it eliminate the vinegar smell?
 
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Interesting question. Why don't you try it and let us know? I like it when to all experiment and we can benefitSmile
 
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Except then I'd actually have to clean something...
 
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So I was reading tonight about using Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap for household cleaning. Has anyone ever tried that?
 
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Charcoalsmom,

Just saw your question. It was the Fa*bul*oso brand of green apple cleaner. Smells good. But I really like the lemon or lavender one from Mrs Meyers.


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I use Dr. Bronner's all the time -- it is the only thing I use to clean besides vinegar and baking soda and a beeswax product for the wood furniture. (oh and toilet bowl cleaner) The added bonus to Dr. Bronner's is that you can also use it to kill scale on house plants!!!!

I like it. You can find a BIG bottle at TJ's or you can order it on line.

It has a great smell (peppermint) and I think it works well for everyday cleaning. It's concentrated so the bottle lasts "forever"!

I would recommend it.

And it is so much cheaper than Mrs. Meyers.

Martha
 
Posts: 5397 | Location: On the prairie of Kansas | Registered: Dec 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I think I am going to go to the health food store today to see if they have some--the Dr. Bronners. I'll report back if I do.

Thank you. :-)
 
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Originally posted by Charcoalsmom:
I think I am going to go to the health food store today to see if they have some--the Dr. Bronners. I'll report back if I do.

Thank you. :-)


You don't have to go to a health food store to buy it. Trader Joe's and Target carry it. Make sure to smell the soap first when you choose a scent. Here is a link to Target with the scents available. I use it too. Someone one the board a long time ago posted a recipe for mixing baking soda, a very small amount of Dr. Bonner's soap and if I recall correctly vinegar into a paste to make your own soft scrub cleaner. Don't mix vinegar and baking soda together though because they cancel each other out because vinegar is an acid and baking soda is a base.

http://www.target.com/s?search...ner%27s+Castile+soap
 
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If you mix vinegar and baking soda - the solution foams - a lot!
 
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The health food store is closer than Target so I went there. The bottles were on sale but sealed so I couldn't smell before buying. I bought the peppermint and rose.

I made a spray bottle with the peppermint and cleaned both bathrooms. It seemed to clean just as well as any other cleaner I've used so I'm debating to throw out all of the Mr Clean type products I currently have. The aromas to those just make me about gag, for some reason. Although, peppermint makes dh gag so not sure we're ahead, gag-wise.

The health food store had a Dr. Bronner's with a citrus scent. I almost bought that, now I wish I did. I do have a natural cleaner with a grapefruit scent and I really like that one. I checked when I was there and they didn't have it.

Have to do the kitchen and the floors yet tonight.
 
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Charcoalsmom, did you use the soap straight or did you mix it with water? TIA
 
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Mixed it with water, still. The video I saw last night said about 1/4 cup to however many ounces of water. She used a home depot sprayer and I had the exact sprayer so I just filled it up mostly with water and then dumped in some peppermint soap. I did not measure.

So now that I'm thinking about all of this cleaning stuff, I am wondering, why not just clean with a sprayer of dish detergent and water? Wouldn't dish detergent be non-toxic?
 
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I watched a couple of different videos on the Bronner soap last night. In one, the woman said the mixture of Bronner and water cleaned her car and yukky car mats better than any other product she's used.

Not sure if I'm going to get to the floors in here tonight but I did just finish washing the outside of the car. Sprayed the peppermint spray all over it, mopped it with the sponge mop, and rinsed. Of course, can't really tell how good it looks because it's dark out but I will check in the morning. I should probably spray a little on the inside for the dashboard, etc., but I didn't even think to do that when I was out there.
 
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My little yorkie licks the entire kitchen floor and we can't break him of this habit. I found a recipe for floor cleaner using vinegar, baking soda and a squirt of dish detergent. Unfortunately, even the taste and smell of vinegar is attractive to him, but at least he won't get sick. I've used vinegar to clean floors and bathrooms when my dad who was on oxygen lived with us...he couldn't take strong perfumed cleaners. A note: while vinegar doesn't smell great it literally evaporates in about ten minutes and then you can't smell it. I even use 1/4 c in a cup of water as hair conditioner and it leaves your hair really clean and shiny.
 
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