EcoFriendly Cleaning Tips

Ecofriendly and green cleaning tips and ideas.

Ecofriendly cleaning tips.

Ecofriendly and green cleaning tips and ideas.

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Gosh I know what you're thinking. Cleaning rots. But it's an important part of decluttering and organizing. While you're doing the other two, you need to be deep cleaning as you go.

Now the worst parts about cleaning for me are the expensive cleaning supplies and the harmful chemicals. So I'm going to discuss not only WHAT to clean, but also what to clean WITH.

Supplies Supplies listed below may include affiliate links to the products.

  • Steam mop
  • Hand steam cleaner: If you're on the market, get one of the ones that does it all, not one exclusive to clothing.
  • Old rags or clothing to upcycle for rags
  • Vinegar, Kitchen Soap, Etc.

    Cleaning Green: EcoFriendly Cleaning Supplies

    1. Rags for Cleaning: Upcycle old clothing into rags to clean with. They're easy to cut up into smaller pieces and place them in a bin for later use.

    Old socks are GREAT to use for staining wood. I use a glove underneath, but I can slip the sock over my glove to apply the stain and wipe it off. Perfect.

    2. Reusable Products vs. Disposable Products for Cleaning: I try to use reusable products over paper towels and other disposables if I can. We have old towels that I cut up and sewed into unpaper towels back when I started blogging that are ugggggllllly, but they are AWESOME for cleaning.

    3. Cleaning with Steam vs. Chemicals: Steam mops are awesome if you don't want to use expensive cleaning products on your floor, but you still want it to be clean and sparkling when you're done. I use steam cleaners for my floor, as well as for other areas of my house. Read about my steam mop, a Bissell Powerfresh Steam Mop. I'm pretty happy with its performance and it's still going strong- although the tank cracked so we replaced that piece. I also have a hand steamer that I love and a carpet steam cleaner (this actually uses a cleaning product plus steam). Please be careful with steam because it is HOT and can burn. I always read the manuals on my products so I don't accidentally burn myself because I do something stupid- like open my hand steamer to refill the water before it's cooled off.

    I have a LOT of lazy girl hacks with my steam mop. Check them out in the video below:






    The nice thing about steam cleaning is that using steam as an alternative cleaners means purchasing and storing fewer cleaning products. I am trying to reduce my use of dangerous chemicals in my home because it is, quite frankly, easier to get rid of dangerous products than to baby proof them. I'm of the mindset that no baby proofing product is 100% hack proof.

    One note is that I don't like to put my steam against cold glass. Or use steam then immediately hit it with cold water to rinse it. Some websites don't mention that this could be a problem- so MAYBE it's fine. But I am going to err on the side of caution because hot/cold method is how I cut glass for wine bottles. I don't want to take the chance of stressing the glass on my sliding glass doors- they are REALLY expensive to replace.

    4. DIY Cleaning Supplies: I do hate to spend money on cleaning supplies. I'm also really sensitive to some products... anything with bleach really bothers me. I have asthma so I try to be careful. Windows are open and kids are out of any room that's getting cleaned with heavy duty cleaners. But honestly, I've been making a lot of my own cleaning supplies recently and they work GREAT. From DIY Laminate Floor Cleaner to DIY Window Cleaner and beyond, I have found making my own cleaners to be better for my health and cheaper to make. Products like vinegar do wonders for cleaning. And steam, of course. Steam cleaning can also be a good alternative to using cleaners.

    Now... DIY cleaning supplies. Make sure you're not mixing dangerous chemicals. Some chemicals are extremely dangerous to mix and some are completely pointless to mix. Chemical reactions, yo. Be careful. You could actually die if you f it up.

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