Becoming an Everyday Advocate- Greener Cleaning

The everyday advocate series is all about the real-life ways we make justice oriented choices.

One goal with this series is to represent choices that are not only accessbile, but also ones that I’ve tried to work into my own life.

There’s not much that’s more everyday than cleaning.  Although, honestly, I’d go bonkers if I had to clean everyday.

My aunt and uncle bought me this great book from our registry–Martha Stewart’s Homekeeper’s Handbook.  It basically tells you how to take care of everything little thing in your house–appliances, furniture, carpets.  And it’s not just cleaning, it’s maintenance, repairs, all kinds of handy tips.

Pretty handy, I gotta say.

One down side.  Martha likes to clean a lot more than I do.  She has tiered schedules for daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning.  All my cleaning is monthly cleaning.

Nevertheless, when I do clean, here are the things I do to try a be a bit on the greener side.

Earth Friendly Brands

Honestly, I’m a bit of skeptic about products that claims to be green.  But some brands are known for being truly kinder to the environment, so I buy those.  Mrs. Meyer’s and Method are my favorites.  We also use Kirkland’s environmentally friendly laundry detergent.

Less plastic

I buy large sizes of concentrated cleaners that I dilute into a reusable bottle–in my case, I bought one bottle of product, and just refill from the concentrate.

Plus, concentrated cleaners save you money.  Double so if you shop right.  I buy Mrs. Meyer’s at TJ Maxx.  Seriously.  Half the price of Target for a large bottle of the concentrated multi-purpose cleaner.

We buy the dye/scent free stuff, because my allergies get wiggy.

Similarly, I buy the Method handsoap refills for the bathrooms.  They’re packaged in bags instead of bottles, so they use less plastic.

Natural products

Pantry items can function as more than ingredients.  In our house, it’s white vinegar and water for windows, mirrors, and spots on our couch.

A quick Pinterest search will give you a wealth of blogs that cover natural cleaning products, often by bloggers with an eye for staying frugal–white vinegar is way cheap than a cleaner.

A few suggestions, if you’re interested.  There’s what Martha says, on windows, floors, and mold & mildew.  There’s a toilet bowl cleaner.

Tub test from The Craft Patch blog.

And last buy most wonderful, there’s a real life test of a Pinterest promise for no scrub tubs.  I have not tried this yet, but I am sold.  Originally, I planned to tell you that the one downside of green cleaning is that I don’t have a good tub option, my products just aren’t quite as strong and it has historically involved a lot of scrubbing.  Not so.

I’d wish you happy cleaning, but since that’s not a thing, Happy Monday!

Do you green clean?  What makes that work for you?

2 thoughts on “Becoming an Everyday Advocate- Greener Cleaning

  1. This is not exactly related to cleaning, but my favorite “green” activity is cloth diapering my little one! People (usually those that use conventional diapers) often say, “well you still have to use water to wash them, so it’s basically just as bad as using disposable diapers” but the reality is that water is a renewable resource. I still use dishes and silverware over paper plates, bowls and cups even though I have to use water to wash them. Cloth diapering is SO easy-I was really nervous to do it but I seriously love it =)
    You can wash them yourself (I do, every other day) or there are services that will pick them up and drop them off at your door. There are a ton of cloth diaper companies out there, we went with GroVia (also available from costco.com-and they have biodegradable/compostable disposables as well which we used for the first month). Anyway, let me know if you have any questions!

    • I’m actually really interested in cloth diapering. I read up a bit during my first pregnancy, but once we learned there were two, we just didn’t think it’d be feasible. Now that we’ve got just one going, I’m really thinking about it again. The people I’ve heard from who do it really have a a system that works for them and seems do-able. And diapers in landfills does gross me out.

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