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Cleaning the Safe and Smart Way

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Got a messy house? We can relate! Instead of reaching for the toxic products, how about some ways to keep your house clean AND safe?

Browse through these quick and easy steps to keep your home squeaky clean and green!

By Milena Damjanov from

Cleaning the Safe and Smart Way

Cleaning Supplies

By Milena Damjanov from

Got a mess? Get your place in shape fast with these great finds.

Naturally Clean

Instead of harsh phosphates, Method Lil' Bowl Blu Eucalyptus Mint Toilet Bowl Cleaner ($6) uses eco-friendly lactic acid to make your loo gleam and your bathroom smell great.

Power scrub
Bon Ami Cleaning Powder ($1.49) has been around since 1886! It contains natural feldspar abrasive and has no detergent, bleach, or dye -- meaning it's gentle on you and the planet.

Soak It Up

These easy-grip Polka-Dot Sponges ($3 each) are so darn cute, cleaning almost won't feel like a chore. (Just remember to disinfect sponges twice a week by soaking them, then putting them in the microwave on high for two minutes; let cool before removing.)

Make your own
Cleaning solution, that is. On the side of the Do-It-Yourself Cleaner Contour Spray Bottle ($6.99), you'll find instructions for mixing up simple, nontoxic cleaners using natural ingredients like baking soda and tea tree oil. Bonus: You'll save a few bucks.


Collapsible (for easy storage) and water-resistant, the Scout Junque Trunk from Bungalow (shown in Nottingham Stripe, $40) is roomy enough to hold shoes and boots, kids' toys, or old magazines.

Sort it out
No need to have two separate trash bins sucking up floor space in your kitchen: the stainless steel Simplehuman Rectangular Recycler ($180) is a sleek twofer. We like that the tight lid keeps in icky odors.

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2 comments so far | Post a comment now
Tara Williams September 22, 2009, 1:26 PM

Thanks for this informative post. We’ve been real careful with what we clean the house with ever since our baby was born. For the most part, we use natural and organic products for cleaning up.

George Roberts March 17, 2011, 8:37 AM

We got a package of green cleaning supplies from Pure and Gentle Soap, when we had a water softening system installed. I don’t think I can buy soap from the store anymore, there are so many chemicals! I use the glycerin soap the most, it only takes a little to get the job done!

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