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Eco friendly Green Cleaning Champions

Updated on March 23, 2011

If you are like me, a busy mom with kids you are always looking for ways to clean your house quickly, naturally and inexpensively. As a mom i know everything i did was with the thought of how to protect my children.

One of the best ways to accomplish this is to make sure that their environment is clean, but beyond cleanliness we need to remember that the less toxins we contribute to their world, the better.

As a young mother it was always a concern of mine to clean their clothes, so they didn't have any reactions to deal with, or chemicals that would cause them any bodily harm. So, I made it my business to investigate the best possible ways to clean house, clothes and their body, so that they were healthy.

With my investigations came the information about bleach, white vinegar, baking soda, lemon and salt. It did help that all of these were natural, inexpensive and could be used in food recipes, except for the bleach of course.

The discovery of these products and their multiple uses caused me to rejoice. For one; i was spending less money on detergent, my chemical consumption was down which was helping with the environment.

If you are a young mother and have to take care of young ones and don't want to sacrifice living in a clean house. I recommend using these three champions. I consider them my triple threat! Since the top three i have chosen can also be eaten or ingested without any risk of ill health or poisoning, but with anything you should make sure you are using it properly.

Baking soda, lemon and white vinegar should always be a convenient product that you can rely on whether it is in your cooking, cleaning or laundry. They are so versatile, that they make the task of household cleaning less hectic and draining.

Put them to use by themselves or combined with each other for a more powerful boost. 

Baking soda.
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Baking Soda

Baking soda leads my top three for cleaning, it neutralizes the fatty acids contained in dirt and grease stains, once the acids are broken down it can be dissolved in water or simply wiped away. It is a fine white powder that resembles cornstarch and is used in baking goods.

It can be used to clean anything, at anytime without damage, that is because it is not abrasive but it can be used as a scouring agent. Baking soda can be used as a freshener as well. All you have to do is sprinkle it over your carpet, let it sit for ten minutes or so then vacuum. You can also use it to eliminate the stinky odors coming from your trash can, garbage disposal or your shoes.

To get rid of toilet bowl stains just sprinkle baking soda into the bowl, let it sit for five to ten minutes and then scrub with a brush. If the stains are stubborn, add some vinegar, watch it foam, allow it to sit for at least fifteen minutes then scrub. Your porcelain will sparkle white.

If you need a boost to your detergent's power when washing whites, add some baking soda to the water and allow it to soak. Remember, when doing your laundry adding baking soda will break down the acids making it easier for dirt to be washed away.

Adding baking soda to your dish washing liquid helps to cut grease and film, making it a great way to clean plastics. As a paste it works wonders when cleaning your stove and your oven.


Lemon although it is a healthy fruit providing vitamin C, works wonders as a natural cleaner and air freshener, use it especially if you love it's lemony clean scent. It is an inexpensive and Eco friendly alternative to candles and sprays that contain other chemicals.

Lemon is a more advantageous product to use since it's natural oils break down organically. Use lemon rinds to freshen up your garbage disposal, clean out your microwave and as a bleaching agent for juice stains, rust or tea stains on fabrics.

Just adding three tablespoons of lemon juice to 1/2 a cup of water is a great way to clean hardened food out of your microwave, all you have to do is place it in a microwave safe dish, turn the oven on high for ten minutes and then wipe it out clean.

White Vinegar

The word vinegar apparently comes from two French words, vin meaning "wine", and aigre, meaning "to sour". It is made from Ethyl Alcohol, which is converted by bacteria that feeds on the alcohol which becomes vinegar.

White vinegar or vinegar has been around for thousands of years and is used in multiple ways, and is a great cleaner. It's acidic nature makes it indispensable against water stains, lime deposits and it is a great rinsing agent which dissolves soap scum, so adding vinegar to your rinse cycle when doing laundry reduces any soap residue left in your clothing.

Using vinegar as a cleaner is awesome, it kills molds, freshens and is a versatile way to use against most household grime. Using it at full strength cuts your shower cleaning by half since it cuts through soap scum, kills mold and freshens all at the same time without using any harsh chemicals to do the job.

Vinegar plus something, typically baking soda is a wonder of a cleaning agent because when they are used together, the foaming power they produce makes both products twice as active. So, if you need something stronger combine vinegar with baking soda


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