free berkey shipping products
Permies likes missoula and the farmer likes Home Made and or Green Cleaning Products permies
  Search | Permaculture Wiki | Recent Topics | Flagged Topics | Hot Topics | Zero Replies | World Domination!
Register / Login
permies » forums » regional » missoula
Bookmark "Home Made and or Green Cleaning Products" Watch "Home Made and or Green Cleaning Products" New topic
Forums: toxin-ectomy frugality missoula

Home Made and or Green Cleaning Products

Greg M Peters

Joined: Feb 16, 2010
Posts: 74
Anyone have any cool, cheap, green cleaning products substitutes.  I know the old vinegar and water trick for windows.  What about a bleach substitute, or green way of unclogging a sink?  What about other cleaning places - like the bathroom floor, or counter tops.  I like buying the green products, but 1) they're expensive and 2) I'm not convinced that they're not just "greenwashed" by some corporation.  Also you still end up buying the container and throwing it away or recycling it. 

Kristen Lee-Charlson

Joined: Feb 13, 2010
Posts: 56
WVE has a great Green Cleaning campaign with many recipes at their site -

[url=] is also good

We love the soft scrub recipe that WVE has.

Unclogging a sink is as easy as baking soda, vinegar and hot water.

Vinegar is just as effective as bleach for cleaning, not toxic and cheap!


edibleMISSOULA, a quarterly publication, endeavors to create and grow community through our connection to local foods.
Greg M Peters

Joined: Feb 16, 2010
Posts: 74
Awesome, thanks.

Joined: Oct 23, 2011
Posts: 0
I have found that soaking stainedcoffee cups or even other stained items in baking soda water often works better than soaking in bleach & soda will cut grease better than bleach.

I also use a bit of liquid dish soap & salt & hot water to clean my wooden cutting boards just before I re-condition them.

When camping I take a hand full of horse tail stalks & hold them like a brush & scrub my pans with them. I can't remember where I learned this but I works pretty good.

Joined: Oct 23, 2011
Posts: 0
Last year we had meal moths every where thanks to bulk rice.

I threw out all the infested food & cleaned the cabinets with soap & water & then wiped it out with essential peppermint oil.

This seemed to help but it made some things in my cupboard minty tasting.

Is there some other cleaning substance I can use to repel moths that will not repel me? 

Joined: Oct 23, 2011
Posts: 0
Do homemade cleaners really work?

Yes! Let’s look at some of the properties of two
ingredients found in most of our recipes: vinegar
and baking soda.

Vinegar deodorizes; dissolves mineral deposits and grease; removes soap traces, mildew and wax build up; polishes brass, chrome, copper, pewter and stainless steel; cleans brick and stone; removes decals and stickers; and removes water spots on leather.

Baking soda neutralizes acid; scrubs shiny materials without scratching; deodorizes refrigerators, carpets, upholstery, vinyl and drains; extinguishes grease fires; and cleans and polishes aluminum, chrome, jewelry, plastic, porcelain, silver, stainless steel and tin.

Joined: Oct 23, 2011
Posts: 0

Did you know that the lemon-fresh smell or pine forest scent in your favorite cleaner may be linked to serious health impacts?

How Can We Avoid
Harmful Fragrance Chemicals?
By reducing exposure to fragrance chemicals, we can
lessen health impacts and lower the levels of these
chemicals in our bodies. However, most information about
cleaning product ingredients, and fragrance ingredients
in particular, is kept secret from consumers, making it
difficult to tell which products are better than others.
There is currently no legal requirement for cleaning
product companies to disclose their ingredients. While
some manufacturers voluntarily disclose some cleaning
product ingredients, very few are listing fragrance
ingredients. This means that even if ingredients are
disclosed for a cleaning product, the word “fragrance” may
appear, but the individual chemicals which make up that
fragrance will not be listed.

Get The Full Documents on this subject HERE:

Joined: Oct 23, 2011
Posts: 0
I'm wondering if anyone knows of green cleaning solutions that can go in my rug shampooer/ steam cleaner.
I afraid to use oils as they might make the rug sticky, can I just use backing soda water? If so how much do I put in
subject: Home Made and or Green Cleaning Products