Problem solver: Green Cleaning

The “Problem solver” series deals with little real life problems around the house. We’ve talked a little about real living (you can read that earlier discussion here), so it should be fun to share some real problem solving ideas for the home, too.

Image courtesy of Scientific American

Does this scenario seem familiar?:

You have to clean your house. You want to use greener/less toxic cleaning products because you know it is the right thing to do. You want the house to be truly clean when you’re done cleaning. You don’t want to spend a lot of money in a whole new set of cleaning products. You wish you could just find something that cleans everything.

Believe me, I have been there, too. And I found an answer:

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day All Purpose Cleaner

Image courtesy of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day

Hold on!  If this is starting to sound like a big commercial, let me assure you it is not. I do not accept any compensation, monetary or otherwise, to mention any products or services on this blog. (You can read my detailed position on this in the “About” section of this blog, linked here.) I only mention products on this blog because I really like them. Now, back to the cleaning discussion…

The 32 fl.oz. bottle pictured above is a concentrate. It runs about $8 per bottle in Target, Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, Amazon and many other stores. I know what you’re thinking, “What happened to ‘not spending a lot of money’?!” Take heart, that bottle on your screen makes 16 gallons of cleaning solution. 16 full gallons. When was the last time you bought a gallon of cleaner?

To make the most commonly used solution, you mix 1/4 cup All Purpose Cleaner with 1 gallon of warm water. Clean anything:  Wood furniture, stainless steel surfaces, toilet bowls, kitchen floors, door handles, tv remotes, etc.  They really mean “all purpose”. When you have used up your gallon of cleaning solution, mix up another one. That’s all there is to it. (You can even use this bottle undiluted for really hard stains, except not on hardwood floors or natural stone.)

Oh, and it smells good, but the smell doesn’t linger forever, either. They have all kinds of scents to choose from (basil, lavender, lemon verbena, geranium, baby blossom, honeysuckle and apple), including an unscented version. We love the lemon verbena!

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day make lots of different products. They all have the good-for-the-planet-ness that we should all look for, too. Full disclosure: the All Purpose Cleaner does everything at my home, so I’ve never tried the rest of the products. Here’s my bottle in every day use:

Does this suggestion help?  Do you want more green cleaning ideas? (I have them to share!) Do you have some handy around-the-house tips you’d like to share?  Leave a comment!

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Posted on March 25, 2011, in Green Living. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I’m so into trying this cleaner. I watch on TV all these different products that one supposedly needs for different cleaning jobs. I don’t want to think about trying to keep up with what is,empty or not? Then I have bought when I really didn’t need it. Only one product to have to think about and someone that is not getting paid to say it works, yeah! Any problem solvers for my kitchen pantry? I know I buy when I already have it on those jumbled shelves—-help!

  2. Does this cleaner handle dirt that is baked on or a build-up of a substance such as hard water encrustation?

    • The undiluted solution cleans the baked-on mess on our gas stove top like a dream. I’ve never tried it for hard water, though. I would recommend testing it first on somewhere not as noticeable, like maybe a bath tile in a corner. I can also say that the customer service reps are very friendly. Give them a call!

  3. Do you think it would work on a ceramic/glass top range? The suggested cream-type cleaners for my range are probably not very “green” and quite frankly never seem to work anyway. They not only don’t get rid of crusty spills but leave a filmy residue to boot. (Abrasive products are of course not recommended, as you likely already know.) I’ve tried Seventh Generation, and while I like their dish soap, the spray cleaner is not great and has a heavy, lingering smell which I find unpleasant. I will certainly give your suggestion a try!

    • I’m guessing it would work just fine on your glass top range. I use the diluted solution and a tiny bit of elbow grease on our shower door without any problems. The smell is one of the nicest thing about this product! If in doubt, try their customer service line!

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