These products have been the work horses around my house for years. They've been used in my mother's house, my grandmother's house, and quite possibly in my great grandmother's house as cleaning agents. Tried and true.
I would have to say they are the original green cleaning products.
20 MULE TEAM BORAX
Borox deposits were discovered in 1872 in California's Death Valley and the twenty mule teams Borox used to haul ore out of the desert live on today as part of the companies symbol.
Here are some key facts about Borates:
- Borates are minerals containing boron, the fifth element on the Periodic Table.
- Trace amounts of borates exist in rock, soil, water, plants and people.
- Boron-containing ores are among the rarest minerals in the world.
Borax is headquartered in Denver, Colorado and operates California's largest open pit mine in Boron - one of the richest borate deposits on the planet. In 2011 the company celebrated 140 years of continuous business in California.
I use it as a laundry booster and to clean my shower tiles. It has many uses, but here are a few:
- Cleaning toilet bowls - sprinkle 1/4 cup into the bowl and let it stand for 30 minutes
- Boosting the dishwasher cleaning - pour 1/4 cup in the bottom of the dishwasher to reduce spots and film from dishes and glasses
- Kitchen cleaning & deodorizing - sprinkle onto a damp sponge and wipe on counters and appliances
For more than 140 years, Heinz has maintained its simple, all-natural vinegar recipe.
There are many uses for HIENZ Vinegar around the Kitchen, Bathroom, Laundry and Family Room, and even outdoor. Check out their "Tips & Uses" web page.
I use vinegar to clean my windows. My recipe is 2 Cups of water, a couple of drops of liquid dish soap, and 1/4 cup of vinegar shaken in a spray bottle. Heinz's recipe is to use it full strength (I haven't tried that yet, but I'm going to).
It can also be used as an inexpensive and toxic free alternative to keep your lawn free of dandelions. Spray the center of each flower and again near the ground so the vinegar can soak into the roots.
MURPHY OIL SOAP
Murphy Oil Soap was invented in the early 1900's by the Murphy-Pheonix Company, which was owned by Murian Jeremiah Murphy Sr. The company is now owned by Colgate-Polmolive. Contrary to the products name it does not contain oil, but rather Sodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol (which is an organic compound), fragrance, surfactants, and water.
It is commonly marketed as a wood cleaner, but is also used to clean and polish horse tack, clean black-powder weapons after use, and automobile wheel residue from disk brakes.
I have only used it on my wood floors and furniture!
ARM & HAMMER
ARM & HAMMER baking soda has been on the market for more than 165 years. In 1846 Dr. Austin Church and John Dwight form John Dwight & Co. to manufacture and sell sodium bicarbonate. In 1896 they merge to create Church & Dwight Co. Inc. which is the name still in use today.
Originally developed for baking use, it is great as a multi-purpose natural cleaning product:
- I regularly sprinkle it on my rugs, let it set for a few hours or overnight and then vacuum up, to keep my pet odors at bay.
- Pour a cup into the toilet to remove stains and odors.
- Add 1/2 cup to your laundry to help soften the water and brighten your whites.
- And of course what other product do we pour down the drain - to keep it smelling fresh and clean!
Some interesting facts I bet you didn't know:
- In 1888 ARM & HAMMER created Baking Soda Trading Cards that lasted for five decades. They were 2x3 inches in size. The first collection was entitled "Beautiful Birds of America". The cards showcased talented artists and promoted the importance of preserving the environment. The cards are collections today.
- In celebration of its 100th anniversary on July 4, 1986, the Statue of Liberty's inner copper walls were cleaned with ARM & HAMMER baking soda.
- It was in 1972 that ARM & HAMMER began its campaign to put Baking Soda in your refrigerator to keep your food fresh.