Get your home sparkly clean—with fewer harsh chemicals

We get it. There’s a common misconception that “green” or “natural” cleaners aren’t as effective as commercial cleaning products. But we beg to differ. While there’s a time and place for chemicals (after all, not all so-called chemicals are bad), we hope to show you how to get that sparkly clean with fewer harsh chemicals.

Many effective and natural cleaners are items you probably already have at home. Baking soda. White vinegar. Salt. Lemon. Castile soap or dish soap.

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New to green cleaning?

This article will give you timeless cleaning tips and hacks you can revisit time and again.

Many natural (and effective) household cleaners can be found in your pantry. So learn to get those sinks, tubs, and laundry clean with a few simple ingredients.

Start here for cleaning basics

Get the most of your household cleaners by understanding when to use acidic, alkaline, or abrasive cleaners.

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Let’s talk about mild soap

Sometimes all that’s needed is a gentle clean. For these instances, let’s look at different mild soaps that are versatile and useful for cleaning virtually all surfaces.

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From tackling stubborn stains to brightening whites, laundry day just got a bit better.

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Keep a bottle of white vinegar in your laundry room!

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Troubleshooting and other tips

For those times when you need help, pronto, here’s how to unclog sinks, toilets, and clean around the house.

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There’s nothing more annoying than a toilet that won’t flush. Before you call the plumber, we’ll show you how to unclog a toilet with dish soap and hot water.

Forget the commercial drain cleaner.

All Natural Drain Cleaners: How to Unclog Drains Without Chemicals

Ditch the chemicals! Here’s a few DIY all natural drain cleaners and plumbing tools that will unblock your sink without hurting the environment or your health.

Wine spill? No problem!

Best Tips for How to Deep Clean Carpet Without a Machine

Check out our tips for how to deep clean carpet without a machine or harmful chemicals. Learn how to deep clean and refresh your carpet naturally!

Ready to dig deeper?

Ready for a greener clean? Check out all of our cleaning articles below.

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