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Win a Basket of Method Cleaning Products and a Casabella Cleaning System (Worth $100)!

by , 04/18/11

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HAPPY EARTH MONDAY INHABITAT READERS!

To kick off our exciting Earth Week Giveaway, today we’ve gathered up a basket full of Method cleaning products and an amazing Casabella Eclipse Cleaning System (worth $100) for one lucky reader to take home! These Cradle to Cradle products are sure to keep your home sparkling clean while protecting the Earth and your family from harmful byproducts and toxins. Each Eclipse system has been made from recycled soda bottles and recycled aluminum, and each Method product boasts safe and effective ingredients for cleaning your home. The winner of this fantabulous prize will also receive a copy the pivotal eco design handbook Cradle to Cradle, written by Inhabitat favorites William McDonough and Michael Braungart. This contest is open to all Inhabitat readers – so enter now for your chance to win!


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Teaming up with MBDC, we’ve gathered a bundle of Method Products perfect for cleaning the corners of your countertop, to the more treacherous parts of your toilet bowl. Method Products are a collection of non-toxic, biodegradable natural cleaning supplies with a focus on minimalist product design. The company has rapidly gained recognition for its commitment to sustainability, including taking innovative steps to measure and reduce its carbon footprint and boasting a wide range of Cradle to Cradle Certified products.

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The Eclipse system from Casabella is a Cradle to Cradle Certified cleaning system made from recycled materials. The plastic of the interchangeable attachments is made from recycled soda bottles, and the pole from 30% recycled aluminum. All of the attachments can be used with the pole, so there’s less to store, and the microfiber heads require no chemicals to be effective – just add a little water to remove stubborn grime!

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Developed by architect William McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart, Cradle to Cradle design recognizes the complex, abundant processes of nature’s ecosystems, or ‘biological metabolism,‘ but also articulates a parallel ‘technical metabolism’ for human industry. Both metabolisms can be characterized by eco-effective, continuous flows of materials, energy and water, and whole-community mutualism. The Cradle to Cradle design framework moves beyond the goal of only reducing an organization’s negative impacts (eco-efficiency), to provide an engaging vision for executives and comprehensive strategies for managers to create a wholly positive footprint on the planet – environmental, social and economic (eco-effectiveness). The Cradle to Cradle philosophy can apply to anything from houses to companies and to consumer products as well.

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  1. b_guthery April 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    When clothes get old or get too ripped to fix I cut them up for rags. Old t-shirts are good for dusting and cleaning glass and mirrors.

  2. Angel77 April 18, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I’m relatively new to green cleaning. I do use cloth towels for as much as possible and not paper towels. And I’m trying to get away from harsh chemical cleaners, as I can see how they affect me, my husband, and my animals. Winning this would be an awesome help on my journey!

  3. marycherry April 18, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I use Method products (which I LOVE), and on top of that, I use old tips such as white vinegar, sodium bicarbonate,…And I use old tee shirts or things like that as rag :)

  4. meganpinney April 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    My favorite green tip is a chemical-free drain cleaner. Pour 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, followed by 2 cups of vinegar. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, then follow up with a teapot full of boiling hot water. This method’s never failed me!

  5. dowser April 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    For bathroom refresher – I use an old atomizer from Melaleuca and put a few drops of vanilla extract and water (can be substituted with your favorite essential oil). Sure beats all the chemical deodorizers!

  6. Blittle April 18, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    I use Method for my dish soap and laundry soap. I use water and vinegar to clean mostly everything else including the floor, cabinets, glass and the oven.

    In regards to hand soap, body wash and shampoo i use one type of soap for all of that is. The soap based on totally renewable resources and biodegradable ingredients of Goat milk or Olive oil. Also these are made by local farmers, so by using this i keep money circulating in the local region. Sustainability at it’s finest. I suggest all of you look into local soaps at your farmers markets.

  7. racheljcooney April 18, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I keep just about every food container that I can properly clean to make something fun out of for my daughter! We’ve made some gorgeous vegetable can pencil holders for friends and family.

  8. mwallick April 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    For my money you can’t beat replacing old bulbs with CFLs. When we first moved into our home the previous owners had a fetish for high wattage lights and lots of them. The first electric bill was over $150 for 2 weeks! I couldn’t believe it. I spent that much replacing all of the lights in the house and got it down to a more respectable $50 for the month. I can’t even imagine how much energy was being wasted.

  9. daisy0179 April 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    My favorite tips (besides the white vinegar and baking soda that are already posted here):
    – to get rid of smells on a cutting board, rinse with water and rub with dry mustard. Wait a few minutes and rinse again.
    – to fix minor furniture scratches, rub with a walnut.
    Learned these from the BBC show “How Clean is Your House,” a great show with lots of natural cleaning solutions!

  10. BrunoDogg2 April 18, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    I use our old socks for cleaning and use a natural cleaner for everything! I also don’t mind if my little ones are around and want to clean with me :)

  11. lindafox5 April 18, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    I am switching over to all natural cleaners – my old ones, full of chemicals, are in a bag by the door and I’m thinking of taking them to Clean Sweep for disposal. I have been researching chemicals in different products and am appalled at the toxins that abound. Recently I learned that the EPA has to sign off on products calling themselves “disinfectants”, and that 7th Generation now has a Dsifinfecting Bathroom Cleaner which uses a botanical, Thymol, to kill 99.99% of germs. Love it! Another quick tip is to cease using imitation fragrances, and instead buy or make products using essential oils!

  12. enlilenki April 18, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    We still use vinegar a lot in our home.

  13. jamiecalderwood April 18, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    I LOVE all things Method – unfortunately I’ve used the Cucumber scent so much I’m over and need a new one! Recommendations?

  14. augustvows April 18, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    We are trying to go as paperless as possible. Handkerchiefs instead of Kleenex was my favourite swap (they feel so much nicer!) but I love my latest, too. I’ve got a stack of 12 “barmop” towels on my kitchen counter. They are easily recognizable to guests, and can be used instead of paper towels for cleaning up spills around the kitchen, drying hands, or wiping a sticky kid face!

  15. hrvojeb April 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    We use old T-shirts. It is pity to see my old Guns’n’Roses tee wet on the floor, but to hell with it. Without Slash that just isn’t it.

  16. xjenn April 18, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Since my mom sews, we have a big bag of rag sized cloths in the basement and we use it to clean pretty much everything, from paintbrushes to counter tops. We reuse them lots! :)

  17. MarilynK007 April 18, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    My favorite green cleaning tip is to make sure you pick a scent you really enjoy and start cleaning! To me when I use my Method Cleaning Products, it’s like I’m having an aroma therapy session! Breathe in all you want, it’s non toxic, the scents can soothe you or invogorate you and you get your home cleaned all in one! I love using the lavendar all purpose cleaning spray for the kitchen before bed and the eucalyptus bathroom cleaners in the morning to give myself a jump start!

  18. asdrexler April 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    i use baking soda and water paste to clean the stovetop and oven- the cleaners they sell for these are so toxic and smelly! the paste works just as well!

  19. Julierenee April 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    My first tip is to have a baby – preparing the house for her arrival caused me to rethink my old cleaning habits and green up my cleaning sins. Second, right after you finish cooking and before you dig in – put a dab of dishsoap and a bit of water in the pot/pan and place it back onto the stove. The soap, water, and residual heat from cooking will do all the hard work for you, reducing the amount of cleaning, soaking, and scrubbing you’d need to do later once food has a chance to set.

  20. ltodd2011 April 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    My best green cleaning tip is the internet! You can be sure that you aren’t the first person to run into the cleaning dilemma you need a green solution for. I can always find a tried and true green solution on the internet. My most recent fave-Borax for laundry stains.

  21. roos1113 April 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    method products and baking soda on the carpet before vacuuming.

  22. mamajuls April 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    I re use Method spray bottles for my home made cleaning supplies. Also, a mix of vinegar and baking soda will unclog a drain!

  23. jeskak April 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    Ah – this would be an excellent basket of cleaning supplies for a near future move. Rather than starting at a new apartment with Earth “un-friendly” products – it would be great to make a new start with a collection of Earth friendly products!

  24. LibraryPixie April 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Method. When I need to kill surface germs dead, white vinegar or tea tree oil.

  25. adamhummer April 18, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    My tip is to recycle! I know that sounds like a no brainer but when I started recycling I not only felt great about recycling and helping the planet that way, but I also started saving a lot of trash bags! You’d be surprised how few trash bags I throw out now that I recycle most of my trash. :)

  26. jhensley123 April 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I use to use the swiffer wet jet with all the chemicals and soaps, but I switched over to using a steam mop which is nothing but water and heat. Let me just say that it cleans a lot better than the soaps that I was using.

  27. SaraBT April 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    I just use Method products. What more do you need?

  28. ksalisbury April 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    They sell all kinds of toxic substances to use to clean the soot from the glass door of a woodstove. Best tip is to dip a corner of newspaper into water, then dip it into the (cooled) ashes of the woodstove then rub on the soot – it comes right off! No chemicals necessary!

  29. kjoshh April 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Baking Soda and Vinegar. The cleaning power of Bleach, without the harshness!

  30. traps April 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I use only reusable cloths to clean with, but for my dishes I use compostable sponges and put them in the compost bin when they’ve worn out.

  31. mstamy April 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    My top tip is to save my husband’s old undershirts when they can’t be worn anymore or cotton socks that have holes in them. They are great for waxing, dusting or any other messy job that will ruin them.

  32. karenrmj April 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    When cooking foods with odors, like fish, I place a small cup with vinegar out on the counter. It absorbs all of the odor without any toxic chemicals

  33. emmageisler April 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Buy ice cream in a cone to avoid waste.

  34. shawas April 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Whenever I order something online, I reuse the brown paper that lines the package for cleaning my windows, drying the seats of my car, soaking messes out of the sofa or carpet (a 1 year old, 2 dogs, a cat…we get a lot of those!) – since I use non toxic cleaners, when I’m done, I get to put the brown paper into my compost bin! The worms just love it when I clean ;)

  35. mshred92 April 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    My tip comes in regards to cleaning a microwave… I start by just heating up a bowl of water, because the steam will start to get all of the stuff on top off. You don’t even need to use chemicals in there, just keep using the water, and all of it should come off…

  36. djbelieve April 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I use this technique to extend the life of my disposable razor blades: http://bit.ly/yhRZq By running your razor blade up and down a pair of jeans, you can keep the blade sharp for months. It saves me money and creates less waste!

  37. albullman April 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    My top green cleaning tip: I always try water and a microfiber cloth first. If that doesn’t do it, Method will!

  38. yousoldtheworld April 18, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Instead of buying paper towels, I save all of our old t-shirts, bath towels, and other clothing. I cut them into different sized cleaning rags – I find that jersey material is good on glass and electronics, denim and heavy pants material is great for scrubbing floors and really dirty areas that need a little texture, and old towel pieces are great for sinks, counters, and anytime you need it to be absorbent.

    For the floors, I cut some to fit our old Swiffer sweeper. We just soak the cloth in our cleaning solution (usually vinegar and water, or one of the Method dilutable cleaners), attach it to the mop, and it puts the crappy disposable mopping pads to shame.

    We have a laundry basket full of these cloths. I never have to buy paper towels or rush around looking for a hand towel to use, and when I’m done with them, they can just be tossed in the laundry with my other clothes.

  39. palmerapril April 18, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I use old dryer sheets for a number of cleaning jobs, dusting particularly. But, they also work for light scrubbing of counters and dishes and floors. And, with a very lightly abrasive surface (like on the used dryer sheets), you can clean a lot of things using just water.

  40. rbenson1011 April 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I just read a great tip on pouring salt on carpet to get rid of fleas.

  41. MultiverseDancer April 18, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    I use old t-shirts as paper towels and just soak and wash them either by hand when I’m showering or throw them in with a load of laundry.

  42. cjparker April 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Method products are the best! We use them to keep our home clean, while keeping toxic chemicals away from our two small children. Our 21 month old was born 11 weeks early and has asthma. We wouldn’t dream of cleaning with harsh chemicals around him!

  43. Deanna April 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    SOS! Save Old Socks! Instead of throwing away old socks repurpose them…they fit easily over your hands and can be used in chores for everything from dusting to washing countertops. Avoid caustic chemicals when cleaning with your repurposed socks, but Method (or other non-toxic) products, baking soda or vinegar cleaners are fine. They are easy to peel off and throw in the wash to re-use again and again!

  44. sara9894 April 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    I’ve always used old t-shirts as dust rags and air-dried my dishes and laundry, but when we moved to our new home, I decided to go even more green and only use Method products. Not only does everything get just as clean as they did with the other stuff, but the scent left behind is better than any air freshener, and I have the piece of mind that my kids and cats don’t need to worry about chemicals left behind.

  45. valeriek1 April 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I switched to all non-toxic cleaners when I had my son. I found that baking soda and lemon juice make a great clenser for my kitchen sinks!

  46. sadie b April 18, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I love microfiber cloths to clean with. I just toss them in the washer.

  47. rfavelle April 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    We use a vinegar and water mixture on a lot of our clean-up jobs. Makes cleaning a little easier and is quite a bit safer in the event the little ones get into our cleaning stuff. Vinegar is enough to discourage more than one taste without doing any major harm. (Also, love using Method Wood For Good cleaner to give our dining table a nice polish.)

  48. dreemz8680 April 18, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Making a Salad dressing? No haha…its a great mixture for furniture polish!! Just mix 2 parts olive oil with 1 part lemon juice and apply it to your furniture using a soft cloth. The combination gives your wood furniture a nice smell and a sparkling shine. And maybe in the mood for a yummy salad afterwards. ;-)

    Also, when a hot serving dish or glass of water has marred the surface of a wood table, you can quickly get rid of the mark by making a thin paste of salad oil or lemon oil and salt. Wipe the paste on, then lightly buff the area as you wipe it off with a soft cloth.

  49. danyf April 18, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I like to use fresh fruit to freshen up the garbage disposal. Just cut up some grapefuits,lemons or limes, throw them in and turn it on!

  50. mellijellybean April 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    I definitely reduced my use of paper towels and now reusing regular towels/wash clothes. I’m joining sites like this so I can learn from others what best things to do around the house!

  51. bibanon1 April 18, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    We switched to Method products when my baby was born to prevent all the toxic chemicals in our house. We also started having everyone remove their shoes before coming inside to limit the amount of “stuff” getting tracked in. Also, we love re-purposing old t-shirts and clothes as cleaning rags. Throw them in the wash when finished and you can use them again!

  52. wiredpsyche April 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    One thing we’ve done is turned up our water heater temp. While it does use a little more electricity, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it is to clean up those sticky messes when using truly HOT water. For everything from dishes, floor and laundry, hot water helps break up dirt and grime and resultantly reduces the amount of soap you need to get things clean. Not to mention hot water will help keep bacterial counts down without the use of antibacterial soaps. We find the trade off in electricity is well worth avoiding harsh scouring chemicals, antibacteral soaps and bleach.

  53. brittanyhandy April 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    well i use my mom has always recommended for almost everything, even when you get sick you can use this, VINEGAR! I use it for everything, even my hubby says how nice the house smells after using it (and the vinegar smell goes away).

  54. liddler April 18, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    I throw my cloths and sponges in the washing machine, and scrub brushes in the dishwasher regularly. The less they hang around growing bacteria, the longer they can be used. For really stinky cloths, I boil them in water and baking soda, like my grandmother does. Everyone in my household gets a cloth napkin with their own unique ring. That way, they can reuse it until it needs cleaning.

  55. britneybeneke April 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    My Top Green tip is to never clean with anything where my little one can’t be around during the process. I love cleaning green with my home made natural cleaners or my favorite green brands. It’s comforting to know that I can clean the shower when she’s taking a bath, or scrub the floors when she’s rolling around on them, If she wants to help, it’s fine with me! She’s safe! It’s peace of mind and I know I’m doing what’s best for my home and my family when I clean green.

  56. carrolld April 18, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I have used method cleaning products forever~~~also a little baking soda paste on a rag will clean and refresh

  57. sheshinesx April 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I use only eco-friendly cleaners to combat my dirt! I also use only as much water as necessary to save on water use. A favorite tip I’ve learned is using 4 tbsps of lemon juice mixed with water – It’s a great Windex replacement!

  58. Urbanchick45 April 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Being “green” is not a fad but a way of life. Our ancestors were green and didn’t know it! The old-fashioned way of cleaning without chemicals is definitely the way to go. It is so nice to know there is a company like Method that isn’t just on the fad bandwagon but they really do believe in chemical-free and sustainability. Thanks for practicing what you preach we all need to do the same!

  59. brisud07 April 18, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Mop your kitchen floor with a mix of vinegar and water. Buy the large containers and it makes some cheap disinfecting mop water. The vinegar smell will go away when the floor dries.

  60. candsfilak April 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I try to reuse just about everything. In this specific instance, my favorite green tip is to reuse your dryer cloths. They can be used in a dryer at least two times (The amazing method brand ones work 3 or 4 times). Dryer sheets are also great ‘area fresheners’ for garbage cans, drawers, etc. and they don’t require harmful air freshener sprays. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE my Rubbermaid reveal mop. It has a refillable cleaning solution bottle and machine washable cleaning pad. You can put any kind of cleaner in the bottle, including vinegar and water or method’s squirt and mop, and you don’t throw away tons of cleaning cloths.

  61. chelle731 April 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    Most of my tips are already covered in comments above (vinegar, baking soda, microfiber cloths), so I’m down to sharing my tactic of putting in a few drops of lavender essential oil (on a cotton ball) each time I start a new vacuum bag.

  62. proper April 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    i would to try the new casabella products. where do you carry them? we are method freaks here at our house, when they first came out my daughter thought the bottle was pretty and it would make me happier to clean house. lol. she was right for one thing i enjoy the products and what they do as well as be earthfriendly which makes me happy for her future.

  63. MuirAingeal April 18, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    My two fave ingredinets from my kitchen pantry for cleaning are baking soda and vinegar. I treat my drains once a week with a baking soda, then vinegar followed by boiling water flush. Baking soda cleans my oven combined with water to make a wet paste without all the fumes. This combo also does a great job if you have a pot with burnt goo on it–let it sit for 1/2 hour or so and then it scrapes gently right off.

  64. MegR28 April 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    My tip is to be at one with the dirt and dust and not clean so often- but when you must clean use an earth friendly cleanser and a rag, which you can shake out or throw in with your wash and doesn’t end up in the landfill like the millions of rolls of paper towels used on a daily basis.

  65. Melissa Strohl April 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    We use our old t-shirts and non-toxic cleaning products for our household cleaning. We love the method products as they are non-toxic and all natural.

  66. sharg357 April 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    My Green Tip-Toilet bowl cleaner: I sprinkle my toilet brush with baking soda and scrub away! Occasionally to disinfect my toilet I scrub it with borax instead. I also wipe the outside of the toilet clean with straight vinegar.

  67. eckie April 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Hydrogen peroxide works wonders on lifted old, tough carpet stains gently and effectively. Also, throw a used lemon down the disposal to get rid of any bad smells – also, lemon is an excellent degreaser, so use it anywhere you need a little extra power to get that grease out!

  68. applecheeks1953 April 18, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I would love to win these products, they would make spring cleaning a breeze!

  69. jenbair April 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Vinegar and baking soda clean most everything (including your hair!!!) I also use Method and Sev. Generation products too.

    Love the contest- thanks

  70. queenieredhead April 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I use dish liquid and add a little vinegar. Makes my bathrooms shine!

  71. bakergeek April 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    My top green tip is something anyone and everyone can do, turn the faucet off while washing your hands as well as when brushing your teeth.

  72. aecoblentz April 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I keep old wash clothes do do the dusting & cleaning with. I also try and use vinegar to clean with sometimes, especially in the kitchen.

  73. mduarte11 April 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Method products are great!

  74. Stacy118 April 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    We use baking soda & a microfiber cloth to get off just about any tough stain. Things are clean & safe.

  75. turfvpi April 18, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    The plunger is for so much more than your toilet!! Build up enough water pressure and it works FABULOUSLY on any blocked drain. Alright, sure there are some instances when you’ll need someone to root it out, but for 90%+ the plunger is all you need. NO CHEMICALS!!! Just water. And for an added benefit, boil a big pot of water to follow up the plunge to really get the gunk cleaned out. Also, use a clean plunger ;)

  76. NicolaHanchard April 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I only use green products when I clean my house. Method not only cleans my home, and makes it safe for my family and animals, but it smells AMAZING, as well! One of my worst fears is that whenever I clean with a harsh chemical, is that my pets or children could be in danger if they come in contact with them. When I clean with Method cleaners, I can immediately let them run around like the kids that they are, and not worry about an emergency happening! My family is my life, and Method lets me take care of my life, with ease.

  77. marsupials637 April 18, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Method’s new pumpable laundry detergent has saved my life! It’s super concentrated, so I use less detergent and my clothes get just as clean! Plus, the plastic bottle is smaller, which is always better! Easier to recycle!

  78. Karma007 April 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Wash in cold water! The amount of energy saved is huge!

  79. tanyajo87 April 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I find that chemicals actually HIDE the stain..but removing the stain naturally gets rid of it for good! Also the most natural air freshener during spring/summer is to just open up a window!

  80. smmarkle April 18, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    We try to use cloth instead of paper products.

  81. megster388 April 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Since we cloth diaper we use a cloth diaper safe detergent (Rockin’ Green) which is free of dyes, enzymes, whiteners and brighteners as our house hold cleaner when we need more then just water. It also works great to clean carpets and as a dish detergent incase you run out!

  82. myrightfoot April 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    To keep our house nice and clean all year round, we send the kids outdoors. The less my two boys are in the house, the less cleaning we have to do. They may get dirty outside, but we wash the same amount of clothes either way. Plus, we have healthier kids, get more family time, and spend more time enjoying the environment, rather than dirtying it up.

    Dave

  83. Felwinn April 18, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I use vinegar, water, and baking soda for many things. For others I use Mrs. Meyers or Method Anti Bac products.

  84. nosbigibson April 18, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    For homemade glass cleaner, mix 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent, and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.

  85. ebethsorrell April 18, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Reusable sponges/rags and non-toxic products.

  86. tina.michelle April 18, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I use rubbing alcohol to clean windows insead of window cleaning solution. Actually, you can use rubbing alcohol in place of most disinfectants too.

  87. gretchenm47 April 18, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    A drop of peppermint essential oil in your homemade cleaning supplies helps the whole cleaning process to be much more relaxing.

  88. bcgirll April 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    In a word “microfiber”……The cloths have been particularly useful to me – the higher quality, the better……damp, and/or dry they have been a key factor in my enjoyment in cleaning ‘green’ and being extremely satisfied with the results. A little water is all you need for mirrors, stainless steel, chrome, windows, etc., and the cloths can be easily cleaned afterwards with a little Method dish cleaner. If you need a tad more cleaning power, just use a little Method all-purpose cleaner (love the scents!). Keep a microfiber cloth in your car, too, for those windows.

  89. sara_h April 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I love method products (especially for bathroom cleaning), but try to use mostly vinegar and baking soda for cleaning kitchen surfaces. A little elbow grease and a reusable Skoy instead of paper towels go a long way! http://www.skoycloth.com

  90. notl33t April 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Green Tip: Clean up immediately after a big spill or mess! It can require a lot more cleaning supplies when things are caked on after being allowed to sit untreated for a while.

  91. raviolikid April 18, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Try not to make a mess. That way you don’t have to worry about cleaning! Simple, clean and green!

  92. sradke1024 April 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I am a newsletter subscriber, facebook fan and our best green tip for cleaning is to use vinegar instead of harsh chemicals! It cleans everything!

  93. sublimequeen April 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    My green cleaning tip is for pesticide – namely for ants. When you find ants on your counter or in your house, don’t reach for that harmful and toxic pesticide. Instead, put some water in a spray bottle and add a little liquid soap – it can be any kind but I prefer to use a natural soap like Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. Mix the soapy water in the spray bottle, and the soapy water will kill those pesty ants, without leaving your house filled with chemicals, nasty toxic fumes, or unsafe residue. Yay!!!! =)

  94. jovapo April 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    We use a little dish soap in water to for most cleaning jobs. Works great!

  95. iamhomemaker April 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Yes, I should have purchased Yankee Candle stock.
    And yes, I have a candle closet that smells like the store.
    And yes, sometimes candle wax drips.

    My favorite cleaning trick is to put an ice cube over wax that has spilled on a hard surface, then scrape it off with your credit card! :-D Your credit card has to be used for more than just purchasing all of those candles! ;-)

  96. emikubota April 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    I love those new Microfiber cloths – they allow for cleaning without cleaners because they have different textures for different surfaces.

  97. Kaicen April 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Would LOVE to win this. It would be a nice change from just my trusty old vinegar :)

  98. Quiltedmaple April 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Water and a good microfiber cloth cleans up a lot of messes. Try water first.

  99. lizzysea3 April 18, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    My favorite green tip isn’t anything fancy and probably used by many – but I use old shirts as rags instead of paper towels to do all of my dusting/cleaning.

  100. allicatcook April 18, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I use cloth towels as much as possible instead of paper ones. I use them to clean around the house, dry dishes and clean up spills. It’s an easy way to reduce paper consumption!

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