Cleaning with Natural Products

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  May 9, 2011 — 4 Comments

I’ve been busy this weekend with graduations, visiting the moms, craigslisting, and an upholstery project, so I’ve got a quick post today about my favorite products for cleaning around the house.

I clean almost everything with vinegar. I got a spray bottle near the check out at Hobby Lobby and used some adhesive scrapbooking stickers to label it. I keep it filled with white vinegar diluted with water and use it for everything from wiping our quartz counters to polishing our glass coffee table to spot-cleaning our hardwood floors. In a pinch I’ll even spray it at a misbehaving cat.

I keep my second favorite stuff, baking soda, in a parmesan cheese shaker that I picked up at Goodwill. It’s perfect for shaking a little bit out into the cats’ litter box for odor control or onto any surface that needs a little extra cleaning magic. It lives in the fridge door to suck up any odd odors in there, as well.

My third string of natural cleaning products is Clorox Green Works. I use this when I’m mopping the floors (which I honestly only do every few months). It’s dilutable, so this bottle has lasted me forever.

While I’m interested in sustainability and mother earth and all that, my main goal here is simplicity. Cleaning with vinegar is easy and cheap, and it won’t kill a cat if it’s the closest thing I grab during a frantic anti-counter-cruising campaign.

So there’s the skinny on my cheap and non-toxic go-to cleaning products. I’ve got some ambitious projects going on right now, so stay tuned for an update tomorrow!

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


4 responses to Cleaning with Natural Products

  1. Alden Tryforos May 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I like natural products also. I do use Mrs. Meyer’s and caldera products which are gentle and smell good. You know me, I am into anything that smells good!

  2. I like your ideas. I have cleaned with vinegar and baking soda for years. It is easier on the septic system. I will look for Clorox Green Works. Thanks for the tip. I like to use vinegar on my outside furniture. The bugs don’t like it! It is great.

    • Charlotte | livingwellonthecheap May 11, 2011 at 7:27 am

      Thanks, Janet! I hadn’t ever thought of vinegar as a bug repellant but that’s a great idea!

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