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.
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
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!