September 27, 2010

Green Cleaning - A New Revelation

Just a few weeks ago I was frustrated with my cleaning methods and asked all of you what your favorite products were for cleaning.  To my surprise, most of you are using items found in your pantry like baking soda and vinegar.  I never thought these could be that effective, so I just never tried it.  Oh, but I have certainly tried everything else!  The price for these cleaners is absolutely outrageous!  I hated spending that much on something that I had no confidence in to work as promoted.  Sure enough, most of them I was unhappy with or just couldn't handle the nasty smell that came with them.

We have a very small single stall shower in our master bedroom.  The fumes from any cleaner that I have tried make me run for the door after spraying them!  I recently learned that almost all over the counter cleaners have toxins in them!  As we all know, toxins don't mix well with the human body.  No wonder I had to run for the door from the smell!  And to top it off, they didn't work very well either!!

Then there is my kitchen floor.  Doesn't ever woman curse her kitchen floor?  With small children and pets underfoot it is nearly impossible to keep clean for more than 5 minutes.  Then we have been fooled to believe that a tiny little "wet-jet" mop can handle all that dirt.  Baloney!!  As I tried every mop in the universe over the last several years, the only thing I got was dirtier floors!  I have a very old linoleum floor that has all kinds of divots.  Know what settles in the divots?  Dirty mop water!  Commercial cleaners just couldn't seem to cut through the years worth of divot dirt!

So last week I decided to try a homemade recipe of vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice.  I then got down on my hands and knees--which I have NEVER done before--and scrubbed with a brush!

I still can't get over the difference!  Yes the linoleum is ugly, but it is the cleanest it has ever been in the 10 years we have lived here!  AND I didn't pass out from the fumes!!  With all the money I will be saving making my own cleaners, maybe I can finally afford a new kitchen floor!
As I began searching the internet looking for more recipes for this new way of cleaning, I came across Leslie, The Cleaning Coach.  I was so happy to find her because she had all the homemade recipes I needed all in one place!  She has created an awesome e-book full of recipes for cleaning every area of your home.  I also love that her site  has some videos to help.  She has hundreds of cleaning tips, and they all involve natural products that won't harm you, your family or the environment.  Leslie has graciously offered a discount code for you to receive $5 off of anything in her book store, including this awesome e-book!!  Just use CGOUT at checkout.  Thank you Leslie!!

Leslie also offers tips and tricks on her Facebook page and on Twitter.  For those of us--me especially--who need all the help we can get, Leslie is ready to provide training and motivation for cleaning.

I've been a cleaning machine after discovering Leslie's recipes, and I am happy to report that my house no longer has a toxic cloud hanging over it!


  1. I'll let you come test my kitchen floor next :)

  2. That's an amazing difference. I'll have to try it on my (rather dirty) floor this week!

  3. I clean my tiles with venagar and for carpet cleaning i use backing soda. This two natural products really work.

  4. Here is another recipe to replace your cleansing powder scrub. Just mix together 1c. baking soda, 1c. Borax and 1c. table salt. Add some lemongrass oil for a nice scent. You can use this to clean your bathroom sink, your kitchen sink and I even use it in the toilet! I wish you all Happy Green Cleaning!

  5. Yes the book is wonderful and everyone should read it.
    Chu Hew


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