Most of my cleaning recommendations remain the same, with GreenShield scoring top marks in every category. Unfortunately it seems that GreenShield is harder to find in stores now, with Whole Foods taking it off the shelf in many stores to make room for their own similar (read: copy-cat) formulas. I'd rather support an independent business than the Whole Foods brand, but, in a pinch, the Whole Foods stuff will do, I suppose. :)
Hand Washing Dish Soap
Better Life DISH IT OUT Natural Dish Liquid,
Unscented gets top scores with EWG's new Health Cleaning Guide. And
rightly so! It uses only glucosides as its detergents (the safest way
to go if you've gotta use a detergent) and doesn't have anything bad!
I just learned about this one and I'm so excited to try it out! It's almost too good to be true...a certified organic dishwasher soap!
by GreenShield Organic. You can find this line of products at most
Whole Foods stores and at Lowe's! And speaking of GreenShield...they're
my top picks for the following categories...
GreenShield Organic Kitchen Cleaner
GreenShield Organic Bathroom Cleaner
GreenShield Organic Toilet Bowl Cleaner
GreenShield Organic Glass Cleaner
GreenShield Organic All-Purpose Cleaner
I use this one a lot. I use it to clean my countertops in the kitchen, to clean up sinks, mirrors. Great stuff.
Alternative to Scrubbing Bubbles
we went organic, that was one of the things I really missed---my
Scrubbing Bubbles. With the Scrubbing Bubbles you just sprayed it on
and as you wiped or rinsed it off, the soap scum disappeared. When I
stopped using it, it was back to using the old elbow grease on the soap
scum in the bathtub. And it was hard to find a good method for cleaning
the bathtub. Baking soda and scrubbing brushes, steam cleaners...nothing really did a good job without a ton of effort. But then I found
this: method bathroom cleaner.
Now, do keep in mind that this is not a perfect product
ingredients-wise. It still contains synthetic fragrance, and a couple
other questionable ingredients. However, the fragrance didn't trigger
my asthma like Scrubbing Bubbles does, and is a heckuva lot better
ingredients-wise. They're up-front about their fragrance in that it's
partially synthetic, but state that it is free from phthalates, NPE's
and carcinogens and also has been tested for skin irritation and
allergies. To my delight, it did exactly what the label said. You can
spray it on your shower tile or bath tub, let it sit for just a little
bit, and then just wipe it. The soap scum just comes right off, no
scrubbing needed. All with no overwhelming fumes. What a dream!
Have you tried soapnuts yet? You can use them as a laundry detergent, hair wash, all-purpose cleaner--so many things you can do with them!
GreenShield also has some good ones, too.
Window and Glass Cleaner
1 cup vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
2 cups water
This works amazingly! It gets your windows and mirrors sparkling clean without streaks!
Removing Coffee/Tea Stains
Just take a paste of baking soda and water, use a sponge to scrub and the stains disappear! Use it on your mugs, in your sink, tile--wherever those tannins from coffee and tea are lurking!
Handwashing Dish Soap
50 g (about a handful) soapnut shells
4 cups of water
Bring water to boil and add soapnuts. Simmer for 20 minutes. Let it cool and then strain out the soapnuts and put the liquid in to a 1 qt mason jar. Use 1/4 cup in a sink full of hot water for hand washing dishes. Don't be fooled by the lack of bubbles--it's still doing its job! Store remaining liquid in fridge. Can also be used for cleaning and shining jewelry, as a shampoo, and a veggie wash.