As you stroll down the housecleaning aisle at the grocery or big box chain stores, says a 40+ year old Resdiential cleaning Service in Evanston, Il you'll notice that, in most cases, the Earth-friendly cleaning brands are more expensive than the conventional non-Earth friendly products are. A recent shopping expedition in a Midwestern discount chain confirmed that the toilet bowl sanitizer, all purpose spray, laundry detergent, window cleaner, and dish soap, the green brands were pricier- sometimes just a few cents to a few dollars. Therefore, if you intend to stock your utility closet with preformulated cleaning supplies from green-brand lines, be prepared to budget just a bit higher.
Recently, more and more commercial brands are advertising cleaning solutions with baking soda, vinegar, and other environmentally safe ingredients. In some cases, these products also contain the offending chemicals that make them environmentally undesirable. But they cost as much as the other commercial products. So, why buy a window cleaner with vinegar when the vinegar alone works at least as well- at one-tenth the price?
So if you're willing to take the minute or two to whip up your own recipes from basic household staples-baking soda, white distilled vinegar, and salt- you can watch you cleaning budget decrease.
Here's an mild all purpose recipe cleaner that is great for cleaning refrigerators, microwaves, diaper pails, tiles, coffee pots, children's toys:
Mix 4 Tablespoons baking soda into 1 quart of water in a cleaning pail or quart bottle. Wipe all surfaces with a soft cloth or sponge.
Vinegar is also a great degreaser and works especially well to remove soap scum in tubs and showers. Mix 1/4 to 1/2 cup white vinegar and 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray on surface, wait 30 seconds, and wipe away. Rinse off with hot water if you're cleaning soap scum in tubs, showers, or sinks.This is a very effective way to clean spotlessly and to clean totally green, says a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Company in Evanston, Il.