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Washing Dishes

Eco-Friendly Tips for Washing DishesThis page contains eco-friendly tips for washing dishes. Reducing your energy usage for cleaning the dishes always saves you money.

 

Soap Nuts

Using Soap Nuts for Household CleaningThis is a page about using soap nuts for household cleaning. As we to try to use greener cleaning products, we are also on the lookout for new natural products.

 

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Selecting Green Cleaning ProductsThis is a page about selecting green cleaning products. Trying to find a green cleaning product that is truly green and will work to your satisfaction can be frustrating and sometimes misleading.

 

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Homemade Natural Hardwood Floor Cleaner?I would like to get a recipe for homemade hardwood floor cleaner. I am going as organic and natural as possible.

 

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Homemade Natural Tile Cleaner?I would like to get a recipe for homemade tile cleaners. I am going as organic and natural as possible.

 

Time For Hanging Laundry OutsideJump for Joy! Finally! We have been able to hang out some laundry this past week.

 

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Use the Sun to Whiten LinensIf you want to use bleach on your laundry, use very little bleach and then hang it outside in the winter sun. The Victorians used this method; in large houses laying out white linen on special "bleaching lawns" on bright winter days.

 

Retractable ClotheslineHere you see my family room with a retractable clothes line and a nice fire going to dry my laundry. I mounted the retractable line on one wall and used two sturdy hooks so I can get two lines.

 

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Soften Line Dried Towels With A BrushThe best way to soften your towels after they have been hung dry is to brush them with a styling type hair brush or similar type of brush.

 

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Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Dry Cleaning?Is there any alternative to dry cleaning? My queen sized comforter says "dry clean only" on the tag, but my husband is not crazy about the idea of dry cleaning it because of the chemicals they use. Are there any other options out there?

 

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Banana Stalks for Fleas?This tip is something I saw my father do back in the fifties. We moved into an apartment that had those old fiber mat room carpets. It was alive with fleas. They absolutely covered you when you walked in.

 

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Baking Soda and Salt for Cleaning PorcelainTo clean kitchen and bathroom sinks, I mix half a wide mouthed mason jar of baking soda with a 1/4 cup of pickling salt (large grained). It works great, is very cheap and simply dissolves as you use it.

 

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Humidity Softens My ClothesI'm fortunate to live in a climate that's humid and warm so I usually line dry. On the rare occasion I use the dryer, I'm able to dry my clothes without fabric softener or dryer sheets because of the humidity.

 

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Save Your Back While Hanging LaundryTo save bending down and picking out your clothes one by one to peg on the line, put your hand through the waist and leg of the undies and fit as many as you can along your arm, thus bending once instead of many times.

 

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Environmentally Friendly Oven Cleaning?What is the best environmental-friendly way to clean a oven?

 

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Clean Clothes Naturally Without ChemicalsSqueeze a lemon, make a paste of with it and baking soda. Leave it on the stain for 30 minutes before washing. (lemon juice contains citric acid; it's bleaching action works especially well)

 

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Earth Friendly Way to Clean DrainsPrevent clogs in your kitchen sink by regular cleaning. First sprinkle baking soda in the drain, with some getting down drain. Then pour some vinegar in drain.

 

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Biodegradable Cleaners? am looking to buy but prefer to make some biodegradable cleaners. Can you help me with some brands or some recipes?

 

Luxurious Lemons

Luxurious LemonsNormally when I shop, I don't fill my cart with bright yellow lemons. Until recently, that is. Now, after reading about the versatility of lemons in a grocery store flyer, lemons are at home in my fridge.

 

Microfiber cloths.

Microfiber Fabrics Save in the Long RunMicrofiber is the economic solution to cleaning, though it might not seem like it. Microfiber materials are more expensive at the initial point of purchase, but they are long lasting and efficient cleaners.

 

Clean and Green Bathrooms

Clean and Green BathroomsThere's two ways to add green to your cleaning routine, save money and save the planet. Get rid of those harsh and expensive chemical cleaners and look at a whole new way of cleaning the house. Start with what's probably the first room that comes to mind, the bathroom.

 

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A Guide to Non-Toxic CleaningIf you're like me, one trip down the cleaning products aisle at your local grocery store can leave your eyes burning, your head pounding and leave you gasping for fresh air.

 

Dish Soap and Sponge

Cleaning Products You Already HaveCleaning products account for a substantial portion of each household's grocery budget. With laundry detergent topping the list as high as $15 per bottle, it isn't hard to see why. One could easily fill a cabinet or two with the bevy of cleaning products advertised on television.

 

fabric softener bottle

Eco-Friendly Alternatives To Fabric...Many people use commercial fabric softeners or dryer sheets to reduce static cling and maker their clothes feel softer. Ironically, most people that use these products don't realize that they are essentially trading dirty clothes for clothes that are covered in a thin layer of toxic chemicals.

 

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Eco-Friendly Homemade Housecleaning Products?How many and which herbs can be substituted for the traditional rather toxic store bought cleaners, i.e. rug cleaners, laundry bleach, fabric softeners, window cleaners, etc.?

 

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Natural Product for Removing Heavy Laundry Stains?What is good for heavy stains on laundry? I would prefer to use a natural product.

 

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Natural Cleaner For Silver?What can I use for a natural silver cleaner?

 

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Finding Non Toxic Cleaning Products?I have been buying a lot of products to clean the bathroom, kitchen, laundry, and my stove. The problem is everything, makes me have coughing fits. Does anyone know of something that I don't have to wear a mask to use, and that I can use to clean all these items?

 

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Green Cleaner for Oil Paint Brushes?How do I safely rinse brushes with oil paint. I used to love painting with oil paint, and still have my brushes, paints, palette, etc. I would like to start up again, but I am not willing to use mineral spirits (highly flammable and bad fumes) to rinse/clean my brushes.

 

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