Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: FAQ: Does Green Cleaning Really Work?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

FAQ: Does Green Cleaning Really Work?

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I often get asked if green cleaning really works. Does it actually leave the house clean? Can it actually make a bathroom sanitized? Does it clean up after raw meat? Well the answer is Yes!Yes!Yes! That is why I love it so much.  My favorite green cleaning solution has got to be the citrus cleaner. It is my go to for everything and I mean everything!

For example, I just finished cleaning the bathroom and boy did I need a shower afterwards. This thing was pretty bad. I don't know how two little munchkins can make such a mess. Well actually it is one munchkin in particular. The little girl. She is little, but oh man she is a Messy Nessy (her nickname, which she loathes).

Ready for a story about how messy and grouse this little girl can be? Alright if you are eating you might want to put the snack aside. This may get a bit dicey here:) The other night Keagan came to tell me that the kids bathroom's toilet was nasty. His exact words were "Libby blew up the toilet, I will not use that bathroom again". Home girl is only 6, so how can she blow up a bathroom?... Oh wait do we all know what that means? Think of the scene in Daddy Day Care where Eddie Murphy goes into the bathroom after that little brown haired kid. Can you picture his look of horror as he took all the pooh and stuff in? Well that is what blowing up the bathroom means. I bet you didn't know you would be educated on bathroom talk this morning huh? Your welcome:)

Anyways I was definitely feeling the horror when I peaked into this bathroom. I was ready to pack up and move. The thought of cleaning that mess was a little too much for this mama. Part of me wanted to grab a hazmat suite and run to Target for some bleach. I wasn't sure if my homemade citrus cleaner would hold up to the Miss-Priss-is-one-messy-child stink.

Well let me get real with ya'll.... It took some scrubbing, ALOT of baking soda, and a generous amount of my citrus cleaner, but that bathroom is one clean jama.

So if this cleaner will hold up to my six-year-old's-truck-stop-bathroom-mess, than I know it will hold up to all the stinks, spills, and messes that will occur in your bathrooms and kitchens.

So try out some green cleaners today! They cost very little to make, are safe to use around children and pets, and they will leave your house fresh and clean.

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Now that I have done my domestic duty of cleaning today, I think I deserve a little vanilla yogurt with granola and blueberries treat. Oh and I guess I should catch up on some Master Chef. Gordon Ramsey scares me, but I love him!

Have a fabulous day lovelies!

XO Danielle

18 comments:

  1. I agree it works. I have been using vinegar and fresh lemon for years. I have also been using Bon Ami Natural Home Cleaner for years.

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  2. I made some of your citrus cleaner and have been using it for several months. I have to dilute the citrus part (even strained) with vinegar and water but I LOVE how clean and shiney it gets the bathroom. I also use baking soda but add in some borax (1/2 of each in a jar) and that mixture is AMAZING at getting rid of old soap scum and anything else. It is good stuff. Thanks for all your green cleaning recipes! I use and love them.

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  3. I couldn't help but laugh when reading this post! It was a very well written bathroom story haha. I will have to try making this cleaner :)

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  4. New person here. My DIL cleans like this and I'm trying to copy her. What would I be able to use to get a large spot out of my carpet?

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  5. LOL! That's hilarious! There are some pretty amazing green cleaning products that can do wonders!

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  6. This seriously made me lol! Best way to write a bathroom story is with humor!

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  7. Where do you buy your lemons and oranges when they are out of season? They can get expensive, how do you keep them fresh year around?

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  9. I made my -year old to help me clean a bathroom last week, so I know how you feel (and I know why now he'll be A LOT more careful :). I'm slowly switching to green cleaners but I'm hesitant about the bathroom. I will give your cleaner a try, for sure :)

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  10. I feel your pain! I have a Messy-Missy is what I call my petite 4 year old princess who is like a tornado and can destroy a bathroom! I am going to make some citrus cleaner. I usually use vinegar and baking soda.

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  11. Great cleaning ideas. I use them all the time and they work great! I had to laugh when I read your nickname for your daughter, because my name is Vanessa and I was called "Messy Nessy" when I was a little girl, too :)

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  12. I ban bar soap from my bathroom. Our family uses Equate Body Wash from Wallyworld and we squeegee after every shower. No bathroom mess and when I clean it takes less than two minutes.

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  13. this has nothign to do with cleaning but i am curious why did you decide to homeschool your children? Could you please do a post on that? thank you

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  14. I have a been a "green cleaner" since before it was popular or cool lol! And I have to say that it works great! One thing that I have also done is to add a little Tea Tree Oil to my vinegar spray. Tea Tree Oil is a natural disinfectant and will kill the bacteria. Works great and smells clean!

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  15. I have been a "green cleaner" since way before it was popular or cool! It works great asn save a ton of money. One thing I though Id share is that if you use a few drops of Tea Tree Oil in the vinegar spray it will disinfect. Tea Tree Oil will kill the bacteria. It works really well on bathrooms, door knobs, counters...any place where those pesky germs can be hiding.

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  16. just wondering...yes it looks clean, but how do you know that it is sanitized?

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  17. I just bought a new bird feeder, and the directions say to clean with soapy water, and then mix vinegar and water to sanitize it! So nice to not use clorox!

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  18. Great post! I'm really excited about green cleaning my home now that I have found inspiration in what you do. I hope other renters of Dunwoody Georgia apartments as well as in other homes do the same too!

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