Green Living – A Guide to Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Products

General Household Cleaners

General household cleaners are the biggest threat to the indoor environment. Every time you use toxic sprays and man-made abrasive solutions, you risk polluting the air inside your home. Fortunately, there are tons of household cleaners that you can make at home using all natural ingredients. Baking soda can be used as a natural abrasive to clean or deodorize anything. It also works well on stains. Lemon juice is a great bleach alternative, and can cut through grease or remove stains. Finally, vinegar mixed with salt makes the perfect all-purpose cleaner.

Oven Cleaners

Store bought oven cleaners are extremely harsh. The fumes can make you pass out, and if you get the cleaner on your skin it burns painfully. A natural oven cleaner is much nicer to use. You can create your own at home by using ¼ cup baking soda, 2 tablespoons of salt, and enough hot water to make a paste out of the other two ingredients.


The next time you want to improve the smell of your home or deodorize a single space, avoid reaching for an aerosol spray can. You can achieve better results from natural products. Vinegar or baking soda in a cup will absorb and eliminate odors. If you want to add scent, try simmering orange rinds, lemon rinds, cloves, cinnamon sticks, or allspice in a pot of water. After an hour or two, your house will smell better, longer.

Buying Eco-Friendly Products

If you don’t want to make your own household cleaning products or if you are worried about your house smelling like vinegar, you can buy eco-friendly products instead. Many of the companies that manufacture household cleaners are making an effort to go green and use natural products. There are also quite a few companies and websites that have cropped up recently to cater to eco-friendly individuals.

Before buying the harsh, toxic products that you have traditionally used to clean your home, try searching out more environmentally-friendly options. It will be better for your health and better for the world around you.

Karen Schweitzer contributes to, an authority on everything home related. To get more green living advice or to find information on home remodeling, home buying, or home selling, visit