Green Cleaning?

I am not trying to make this a cleaning blog, but since that's what I am doing a lot of the time, that's what I'm thinking about so that's just what gets put down in words here.  I'll try and be a little bit more diverse as the week goes on- promise!

Anyway, after yesterday's "big chore" post, I actually sprung into action once the toddler went for a nap.  I decided to just throw out the magazine pile (that I remembered later and posted in the comments) and I took down those gross-o curtains that I was talking about.  And I wish I hadn't because I was horrified by the condition they were in.  The tops of these toppers was covered with a layer of dust so thick I can't even describe it, and there were cobwebs in the corners behind them on the wall side.  GAG!  They went immediately into the washing machine.  See, I guess I just figured I'd take them down when we got to redoing the bedroom, not at all thinking that that might be a couple of years and they might get dirty in the meantime.  And the funny thing is, I think I like the room better without the layer of navy blue at the top- I think it might makes it brighter in there- so we're not hanging them back up.

So as I'm starting the washer and pouring the detergent in, I was wondering if any of you out there use green laundry cleaner (or any other cleaning products), like Method or Seventh Generation, or anything like that.  I haven't ventured into green detergent yet, partially because they are pricey but partly because I'm just not sure how they work.  I love the idea of green cleaners- and even the idea of making your own stuff out of baking soda, etc., though I have no time to actually do that- and I use the Clorox Green Works products in the bathroom and Method wood and granite cleaner.  Even so, I am a little bit distrustful of how they actually work.  Does this stuff really kill all the gross things hiding in the corners like the regular cleaning products do?


Let me hear about what you use (traditional or green) and what you think works best in your house.  I'm always open to suggestions!

3 comments

  1. I used Ecover for my laundry and it's great; I haven't made my own yet. But all of my other cleaning is done with baking soda and vinegar. Super simple, no crazy chemicals, safe for kids & pets... I really can't recommend going green with your cleaning supplies enough. I just made my first dishwasher detergent the other day, too:
    http://athenasarmoury.blogspot.com/2011/06/30-days-of-creativity-day-2-homemade.html

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  2. I have never used a 'green' laundry detergent, like you said...just much too expensive! I have used an all-purpose cleaner spray thing called Green Works (it may have been a store brand?) and I really didn't like it :( It didn't smell very good and it actually made my hands feel greasy. Lysol it is for now!

    -rwk
    rwkrafts.blogspot.com

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  3. Powdered laundry detergent is a lot cheaper than the liquid green ones because it goes a lot further. I actually use the Pepperjack Home detergent you pictured. :) It works the same as any other detergent I've used!

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