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Go Green: Eco-Friendly Cleaning on the Cheap

October 19th, 2009 admin

I’m just a little late for blog action day, but let’s get on the eco-friendly (and wallet friendly!) bandwagon for a minute anyway, shall we? 🙂

I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for a way to save a buck, and live a little healthier, so when I found out about these super cheap and easy ways to clean up your place while still being friendly to Mother Earth, I was pretty stoked–and I immediately thought of you guys!

So next time you’re thinking about cleaning up your place (like as an excuse to postpone studying for finals…) try out these inexpensive green-cleaning ideas! They’re healthier for your body, your bank account, and the environment!


Yes, you can go shell out 4 bucks for the commercial green-clean spray stuff, or you can really go green (and keep some green in your wallet!) by grabbing this stuff:

  • Dish soap – Usually both cheap and mild, dish soap is great in the kitchen. Besides dish washing, you can use it diluted to clean counters, or more concentrated to cut grease.
  • Vinegar – I am amazed by how awesome vinegar is. (Is that totally dorky? Probably.) It is inexpensive, but it disinfects, shines, and cleans. It can even eat through soap scum and hard water, the stuff you usually have to scrub at forever to clean up!
  • Baking soda – Not only is this great for scrubbing when mixed with a little warm water, it can also be used alone to tame unruly smells.
  • Salt – So cheap, but great for scrubbing. See below. 🙂

(Remember to keep this stuff separate from your cooking-grade products of the same kind, though, just for sanitation’s sake!)


Below are a few examples of how you can use the ingredients above to get your green-cleaning done.

  • Toilet – Flush so the water level goes a little lower, then pour undiluted vinegar around the rim. Scrub, flush again, and you’re done. (Resource!)
  • Sink/Tub/Shower – For basic cleaning, you can use some vinegar again. If you need to scour away hard water stains or soap scum, try mixing 1/4 cup salt with 2 tablespoons of vinegar, and scrub away. (Resource!)
  • Hard Floors – If you have linoleum, you can use a diluted vinegar mixture. Just pour a little vinegar in a bowl or the sink, dilute with water, and mop. You don’t need much vinegar to get the job done! (Resource!)
  • Carpet – If your carpet smells a little funky from the pizza your roomie left under the bed for six weeks, fear not–sprinkle some baking soda over the spot, let it rest a minute, and then vacuum it up!
  • Smells – Set a little cup or bowl of baking soda in any room or closet with a weird smell (or even your in fridge!). It absorbs nasty smells (see above!). Just remember to rotate fresh baking soda in when it becomes less effective.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alicia  |  October 22nd, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    Green Cleaning is definitely safer than conventional cleaning and just as effective. Here is how I clean my microwave

    Microwaves – Mix 1/2 of water with a few teaspoons of baking soda in a microwave safe bowl. Put the bowl in the microwave and run it for 2 minutes. Take out the bowl and wipe it clean with just a rag; every last spot will come out!

  • 2. Maggie  |  April 3rd, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    I love cleaning with vinegar. Saving money and keeping my house spotless is great! I’m definitely trying the microwave tip above.

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