Think Eco-friendly cleaners are a new-fangled invention? Think again. Many of the old-time cleaners that have been around in some cases for hundreds of years are greener than you might think. Just because that cleaner is old and something your grandmother may have used, don’t dismiss it! These “old-fashioned” cleaners work great, are cheap, and are better for the environment and you than you might think. Here are 3 old school cleaners that are as great to use today as they were in our great-grandmother’s days.
Murphy’s Oil Soap
Murphy’s oil soap is made from coconut and plant derived cleaning ingredients with natural fragrances with no phosphates. Murphy’s has also been recognized by the EPA for safer chemistry. It’s a great cleaner for all your wood, from floors to tables, chairs and furniture. Dilute the soap in water and you are good to go! It has a pleasant, light fragrance and works great! I use it on our wood floors and it really brings out a lovely shine and can get rid of the most stubborn floor dirt if you apply some elbow grease. Best of all there’s no need to rinse!
Bar Keeper’s Friend
This is one of my favorite cleansers. Why? It has a very special power. The power to get rid of those grey scrapes from your dishes! It really works!(Look for more on this in a future post!) As the story goes Bar Keeper’s friend was created after a barkeeper noticed that a tarnished pot was cleaned after he cooked rhubarb. It was from rhubarb that the active ingredient, Oxalic acid is derived. Barkeeper’s Friend is great for cleaning a variety of surfaces including tile and stainless steel all without bleach.
This multipurpose cleaner has been around since 1886. It’s made and created in the USA and contains Limestone, Feldspar, soda ash, baking soda and a surfactan made from coconut and corn oil. It’s a great all-purpose scrubber for those scrubable messes. I love it for cleaning all sorts of stainless steel, especially my sink and my pots and pans. It really helps to get off those tough, burnt on messes from your pans! It doesn’t scratch your pots and pans and is also great for things like tubs or tile.
You don’t have to buy expensive modern Eco-friendly cleaners, or even make your own. Some of the best remedies are the oldest remedies, when it comes to cleaning. Don’t discount the older, traditional cleaning products. Give them a chance, they can prove to be a valuable, and green addition to your cleaning arsenal.