I’ve been careful for years about the types of cleaning products I use. My care wasn’t prompted by concerns for the environment, but by the skin and breathing reactions I have to harsh cleaning products. Over the past few years I’ve used a series of “green” cleaning products that haven’t bothered either my skin or my lungs, and have done a relatively good job of cleaning.

Last weekend, I did my usual stock-up run at one of the major big box stores, and about went into shock at how much I had to spend on these “green” products. I went online and started doing some research, and discovered that lots of people are questioning just how “green” some of these products really are. Ugh!

So, while I have a full stock of expensive cleansers that at least don’t cause adverse health reactions, I’ve decided to wade into uncharted territory. I’m going to go back to cleaning basics. I’ve found some environmentally-friendly websites that recommend using vinegar and baking soda to clean all kinds of things. Of interest at the moment are the suggestions to combine baking soda and water to make a “soft scrub” paste to clean sinks, tubs, and showers, or to combine vinegar and water to mop the floor.

Have any of you tried these suggestions? Do you have other natural cleaning suggestions?


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My first memory is sitting with my mother on a blanket in our backyard surrounded by books and she is reading one of them to me. My love of reading was encouraged by my parents and it continues to today. I’ve gone through a lot of different genres over the years, but I currently primarily read mysteries (historical mysteries are my favorites) and romances (focusing on contemporaries, categories, and steampunk). When I’m not reading or working, I love to travel, knit, and work on various community projects.