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"Cleaner" Cleaning Options

Lisa F.
Group Organizer
Portland, ME
Post #: 2,009
Think of all the stuff you don't have to buy! This is from Paul Wheaton...


A magazine reporter was asking about eco cleaning tips. After sending off a quick response, I thought I would copy and paste it here along with some links to threads at permies where we talk about it a bit more.

1) never ever use bleach again. That stuff is outright poison.

2) for fighting mold, nothing is better than borax. It is better
than bleach. And if you find a spot where people won't touch it, you
can leave a residue of borax behind.­

3) For any kind of bug control, especially bed bugs, nothing works as
well as diatomaceous earth. And diatomaceous earth is not only
edible, but millions of people eat a tablespoon a day for a variety of
health reasons.


4) Get rid of all anti-bacterial soap. Especially if you are on a
septic system. That stuff has a myriad of problems.­

5) For cleaning an oven, you can get a sack of baking soda from
Costco for $4. Wet it and put it on the yucky oven stuff and leave it
for a day. The next day, the oven is clean.­
A former member
Post #: 649
I understand that a scouring powder such as Bon Ami is safe. I wonder about ammonia?
A former member
Post #: 85
All good ideas, Lisa. And let's not forget white vinegar, which does an amazing job, even on floors.
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