What are you cleaning your house with

Jennifer - posted on 01/15/2009 ( 34 moms have responded )

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I am a 34 year old stay-at-home mom of 2 young children. October of 2007 I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and have since had 4 surgeries with a couple more in my future. When I was informed that my cancer was likely environmental, I started researching what "environmentally" was.

What I came to found out is, the everyday products we are using in our homes, putting on our skin, digesting are toxic. Not to say that everything is, but it's amazing the amount of poisons that are sold on a daily basis labeled "safe".

I don't say these things to scare, but to educate. I have a little girl and I NEVER want her to hear the words "You Have Cancer". Think of your children, if we don't who will.

Check out this website to see what's in your home:
http://jenklein.healthyhometour.com there is a great survey you can take to see what products you are using.

Jennifer Klein
http://jenklein.healthyhometour.com

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Linda - posted on 09/14/2009

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I only use vinegar and/or baking soda to clean the house. I love seventh generation supplies. I use the Ecos laundry soap from costco. I can't remember the names of our shampoo but I get them at the natural foods store. We use Maker's Diet hand soap for my son, and Dr Bronners for the rest of us. I am so sorry you are going through this hon. I pray the Lord will heal you and I praise Him for giving you wisdom in your educational search. God bless.

Melody - posted on 08/15/2009

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same for me I use vinegar,baking soda and salt to scrub,vinegar baking soda and borax in laundry and dishwasher, I buy all my soap,handsoap,and lotion from someone I know who makes all natural bath products.learning how to make own deodrant havent tried it yet. but baking soda,salt,borax,vinegar and if you want a lemon scent add a little lemon juice. these all work better than the chemically stuff in the store and way cheaper.

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Michelle - posted on 02/11/2012

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Baking soda, vinegar, and Dr. Bronner's liquid castille soaps. Simple, cheap, and non-toxic. ;)

Rhonda - posted on 05/25/2011

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there is a company out there that has 350 Eco-friendly products such as in pet,children,earth,home friendly need more information email me at rlmerrill51@aol.com

Sylvia - posted on 10/03/2009

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we switched to Enjo (I have also used some 'method' products as well) and before that we were trying to use vinegar more than other chemicals.

We also got a water filtration system on our house after seeing that we had over 500ppm (parts per million) of unknown particles in our water....it could be minerals, but we are in the country and on a well so it's more likely to be pesticides! Sickens me that even though our water is considered 'safe' (no e-coli or coliform) it could still harm us and our kids. And we started drinking a blended juice that contains the Acai berry.

Sorry to hear you have cancer - my mom is a breast cancer survivor but is currently waiting to hear back results from her last mammo which had some spots on it again.

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I only use Melaleuca products in my home. I am also an independent marketing executive and became one after using their products for several months. Not only are their products better for you, but better for the environment as well. The best thing is that I actually SAVE money by using their products. Gotta love that!!!

Tessa - posted on 08/02/2009

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Vinegar and Bicarb for us! organic herbal based body care products and dish washing and clothes washing liquids. You'd probably be surprised what is in food that is counted as 'safe' too.

Natasha - posted on 07/28/2009

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vinegar and baking soda, lemon juice, Lavender oil and water (its a mild cleaner, does the same as spray and wipe), tea tree oil and brown bread for crayon on the walls.

Lavender is a good insect replant, you can put it on your light bulbs to keep bugs out of the room, or mix with water as a spray on insect repellent.

Lisa - posted on 07/17/2009

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I use Zoe'clean products in my home,,,,,I am also a Zoe'getics distributor.These products are awesome and so is the company!

Tiffany - posted on 05/30/2009

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I clean with some essential oils, baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice and salt. Investigate on essential oils, alot of them have anti bacterial qualities( plus they make your house smell great). Lemon juice is great, it has many uses.

Alicia - posted on 05/14/2009

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I use only baking soda and vinegar for everything. (ok occasionally borox for laundry as well) There is no need to buy cleaning poducts other than these main two. It is effective, smells wonderful, and costs around 10.00 a year to clean your entire house. The health benefits are obvious. Good luck to you!

Paige - posted on 04/30/2009

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Charlie's Soap All Purpose Spray is fantastic....it cleans everything! It dissolves soap scum on the tub almost immediately, cleans dog and kid messes ground into carpet, even cleaned a dirt stain on a shirt that had already been washed and dried. I have had a bucket of the Charlie's powder laundry detergent for over a year and it still has several more months left. Free shipping is an added bonus! :)

Happy Green Living!

Tascha - posted on 03/17/2009

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Baking soda and water made in to a paste works wonders! Iused it on my kitchen sinks and they come out clean, you just need to scrub thats all. Im going to try it in my shower stall to see if it will take out the mechanic grease from my hubby's hand marks...lol



My mom also uses just vineger and water on everything, you can use lemon juice and water as well if you like. We have lots of little cleaning tricks from Europe, my dad has a book of cleaning tips. Club soda for newly spilt wine of juice on carpet. you just pour it on and soak it up with an absorbant towel. I have dont his before but there was alittle bit of stain left but not a huge wine mark...



I will go through my stuff and post in the next week some other harmless cleaners that you make youself.

Bryony - posted on 03/03/2009

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I use Norwex for all my cleaning. The cloths can clean everywhere really well with just water, the window cloths are amazing (also just water), the toilet cleaner is biodegradable and enzyme based (rather than chemical-based), the laundry soap lasts forever.

Jacynthe - posted on 02/26/2009

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I agree with you Paige. I bought the Clorox green works to give it a try and was not impressed. It still had a very strong smell and gave me a headache while cleaning the shower. I have now switched to Method and love their products.

Cheryl - posted on 02/22/2009

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I use vinagre, baking soda, lemon and hot water for just about all my cleaning! I use Palmolive or Green Works dish liquid, they are an excelent and economical choice, and for the laundry we use a detergent called wintree sold at Costco. It smells great! And for my son we use ALL Free and Clear which is the best biofriendly alternative for sensative skin!

Cheryl - posted on 02/22/2009

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I use vinagre, baking soda, lemon and hot water for just about all my cleaning! I use Palmolive or Green Works dish liquid, they are an excelent and economical choice, and for the laundry we use a detergent called wintree sold at Costco. It smells great! And for my son we use ALL Free and Clear which is the best biofriendly alternative for sensative skin!

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I use Bio Kleen and I also have been tring the new line at Costco so far so good on liking the products.

Stella - posted on 02/11/2009

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I am also a fan of Ecover, white vinegar, baking powder, lemon juice etc using essential oils to add fragrance where I want it. I've also just found a product called No More Chemicals- the item I bought is a bathroom cloth with microscopic silver partcles impregnated in it, washable on a hot wash (but not necessary), up to a hundred washes! I figure if clean the bathroom twice a week, that's a years worth of bathroom cleaner in one cloth for £2.50!!!

Marcia - posted on 02/07/2009

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I enjoy vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice...for laundry detergent we tend to use a product called nature clean which I like the story behind. I also like "The one second plumber" for clogged drains as it works like a dream and has little environmental impact.

Kimberly - posted on 02/05/2009

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I use Shaklee products to clean my whole house and laundry (as do Oprah and Dr. Oz). Not only are they safe, but also very effective! My grandparents first started using Shaklee product in the late 70s and still do and are in their mid-eighties! I f you'd like to know more, I am an independant distributor and can help answer any questions you may have. klgwade@aol.com

Paige - posted on 02/03/2009

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I like Charlies Soap, BioKleen Bac Out, baking soda, and vinegar, but mostly I just use a microfiber cloth with water to clean bathrooms, windows, floors, counters, cars etc. 



It bothers me when a company like Clorox comes out with a "green" product line.  While it may actually be a nontoxic product, they test on animals and they make bleach which is far from a non toxic product.  I feel they are joining the green force strictly to make a profit rather than to provide consumers with a safe, effective method of cleaning.  I feel better about spending my money on products provided by companies that are truly invested in safe ingredients, preserving the environment, and consumer health.

Misty - posted on 01/23/2009

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I use Vinegar, baking soda, hot water, tea tree oil, method, ecover, seventh generation and Mrs. Meyers.

Rachelle - posted on 01/23/2009

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I use Enjo products - no chemical use whatsoever - just water.  I also use Jurlique skin care products

Meghan - posted on 01/21/2009

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I use 7th generation for just about everything. I have used method for my son's shampoo/body wash. I am pleased with both. I have heard about Shaklee, but havn't taken the time to investigate further.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/15/2009

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I also use Shaklee products & and am a distributor. I'm so used to toxin & fragrance free cleaners that I can find laundromats by smell! Kids pick up dangerous toxins by breathing them in more often than ingestion. If you truly love your kids, save them from exposure to carcinogenic cleaners and additives in food and vitamins!

Patti - posted on 01/15/2009

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I purchase products by the company called "Method".  It's worth taking a look at them!

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