1) It would be hard to do this and use coupons for these products.
2) I don't know which "green" products are best.
3) With both of those items said, maybe I should make my own?? And if I do, what should I try to make? Hardwood floor cleaner? Granite countertop cleaner? Laundry detergent? Multipurpose cleaner?
So that about covers it for now. I guess I should back up a little bit and explain how I got to this topic. We do have some cleaning ladies (best money spent EVER) that come every other week. They recommended a floor cleaner for our laminate hardwood floors, so I just went ahead and bought it and trusted them. Well, I've noticed that it looks quite streaky when they use it (or when I do). I want the floors to look clean and for it to smell clean (yes, I like the "clean house smell"), but I do not like streaky floors! So I was just looking at the bottle of cleaner and the first thing I read was "Not safe for pets and children"...!!! Now, I do know this is in mass quantities - i.e., drinking it out of the bottle. But that made me start thinking about all of the cleaning products and chemicals and all that jazz. I am not one to do the "trendy green thing", but I do want to make sure that these products are safe for my family! I also want to get Katie to help me clean as she gets older.
So, I started Googling. And I found mommy blogs with ideas. And I found websites with "professional grade eco-friendly cleaners". I did learn that the basics of making your own cleaner involve water, rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, baking soda, ammonia, lemon juice, olive oil, and then scented oils to give it that clean fragrance (lavender or orange or peppermint). I have found "recipes" for multipurpose cleaner, hardwood floor cleaner, furniture polish, window cleaner, granite cleaner, stainless steel cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, fabric softener, ant repellent, and laundry detergent. Whew. I'm not even about to do an overhaul at once. I may make a multipurpose cleaner and see how I like it - baby steps! I will be sure to do posts about what I find for the recipe and if I like how it works or not.
When I started looking online and asking people for advice (where else but Facebook!), some folks suggested steam cleaners for the hardwood floors, as well as the tile floors we have. It must be safe - it just uses water! I have done some online research, and I think have it narrowed down to two very good options. I have them below. If you are reading this and have any feedback, please comment with your thoughts (in regards to the green/homemade cleaners, as well as the steam cleaners)!!
OPTION #1: Euro-Pro Shark S3501 Deluxe Steam Pocket Mop (originally $149.99, on sale for $79.99 on Amazon)
OPTION #2: Haan FS20 Plus Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer with Deluxe Sanitizing Tray (originally $99.99, on sale for $79.88 on Amazon)
If I were buying one right this very second, I think I'd lean towards the Haan one. From what I read, it heats to a higher temperature (212 degrees), and the higher the temp, the more likely it is to kill bacteria and germs. Just thought I'd go on and let you know that - but if you have an opinion that could sway me, please do tell!
Do you make any of your own cleaners? Do you like how they work? Do you have any websites/blogs you follow that has good suggestions? I would love to know more!