March 26th, 2014

Spring Cleaning

With our seemingly never-ending winter and three dogs, I am itching to throw open the windows to let in some fresh air. Until that can happen, I rely on all natural, great smelling cleaning products. Method makes some of the best, especially their  Squirt + Mop (the only natural version I’ve found) and dryer sheets. I like Mrs. Meyer’s laundry soap in lemon verbena, but I’m not a fan of all of their scents. For riding clothes, I use half unscented Tide and half Mrs. Meyer’s. Dishwasher soap has been my bugaboo. My dishes weren’t getting clean with the one’s I tried. Now I use Palmolive Eco, it’s phosphate free and works like a charm.

I’m always looking for natural products that do the job, let me know if you have any to recommend.



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  • I love Method and it is almost exclusively what I use. My personal favorite is the Tub n Tile cleaner which is a divine Eucalyptus Mint scent. It is sometimes labeled Bathroom Cleaner. The toilet bowl scrub is the same, but we have hard water so I need to supplement with a stronger product. I also like the all purpose cleaner limited edition scent that is out right now – Beach Sage…anything with the word beach in it after the winter we have had is very welcome in our home. I too am a fan of the Squirt and Mop. I am intrigued my the use of the Mrs Meyers dishwasher soap with the unscented Tide for the riding clothes. Does it help more with the dirt/smell? I have sporty boys (baseball, hockey, lacrosse and football) so I need any helpful hint you may have with the dish soap. Do you have a HE washer?

    MaryBMarch 26th, 2014  4:38 PM

  • I use half Tide and half Mrs. Meyer’s laundry soap when washing riding and gardening clothes.

    PrestonMarch 26th, 2014  4:42 PM

  • One of the best all natural cleaners is oxygen bleach. It’s the ultimate combination. Gets rid of all stains, yet is gentler on — and everything else — than water. It’s the secret weapon of hotels when it comes to sheets and grout. It’s truly a miracle cleaner.

    There are a number of companies that make it. Full disclosure: My parents own one. And no, I don’t get any kickbacks. It’s truly that good independent of bias, and it’s a shame more people don’t know about it.

    I can’t speak for all brands. I haven’t tried them all. But the version my parents sell, Stain Solver, is made of food grade, non-toxic, allergy-free ingredients and is consistently ranked the best in independent studies.

    The other company I’d suggest is Natural House. Their products contain probiotic, which actively keep your home clean for up to a week after use. I use their toilet cleaning Flushy and it’s amazing.

    I hope that helps!

    P.S. I’m a huge fan of your blog. I found you through Mark D. Sikes’ blog and am so glad I did. Your post on him was great, btw.

    MeghanMarch 26th, 2014  5:15 PM

  • I love Method and that Beach Sage one is fantastic. I am not so keen on their dishwasher tablets so I am going to look for that palmolive eco stuff here in Australia. I love the variety in your blog – vogue editorial and best ways to clean your house the next. So enjoyable.

    amandaMarch 26th, 2014  5:52 PM

  • Preston, I love that you include this kind of info/exchange in your blog. Wonderful info! Margo

    margoMarch 26th, 2014  9:22 PM

  • I am a fan of The Laundress laundry detergents and some of their home cleaning products. Their wool and cashmere shampoo is outstanding and I use their scented vinegar to clean all sorts of things around the the house and certain textiles as well.


    CarrieMarch 27th, 2014  3:29 AM

  • Meghan– Thank you for the info on oxygen bleach. My housekeeper is convinced that natural products can’t tackle grout. I will order some from your parents’ company.

    PrestonMarch 27th, 2014  6:23 AM

  • Try the honest company – I started using their products for my toddler but really it’s for the whole family – no matter what the age 🙂

    MichelleMarch 27th, 2014  9:30 AM

  • Caldrea also makes good, natural cleaning supplies. Their Sea Salt Neroli and Palmarosa Wild Mint laundry detergents smell heavenly. Their sport wash works really well as does Sport Suds which is also eco friendly.

    StacyMarch 27th, 2014  10:37 AM

  • Ecover All Purpose cleaner in the lemon scent is great, Ecover and Seventh Generation are excellent dishwashing detergents, The Laundress Stain Solution is very gentle on clothing – I still
    have not found a great dishwasher detergent so I use Finish which I am certain is not great for the environment.

    Sue TothMarch 27th, 2014  10:54 AM

  • Preston,

    So glad to be of help! If you’d like details for how to get grout super clean, let me know. Best,


    MeghanMarch 27th, 2014  11:39 AM

  • Vinegar and water for most tasks, especially for cleaning/wiping black granite.

    BarbaraMarch 27th, 2014  12:00 PM

  • I have a kitchen island with a black granite top. When I got it a few years ago, I read up on how to best care for granite. What a confusing collection of advice I got. I was told any type of acid was potentially damaging, as was any of the usual household cleaners. I was surprised, as I thought granite was basically indestructible and would require little care. I ended up using some dishwashing soap and water to clean it, and then periodically spraying and wiping it with bees wax furniture polish. (This was recommended by the cabinet maker who made the island). So far, so good. I recommend the bees wax polish for furniture, too. It creates a clean, protective finish.

    AprilMarch 27th, 2014  1:47 PM


    Forgot to include the link.

    AprilMarch 27th, 2014  1:49 PM

  • I use natural cleaning products because regular ones give me migraines. Although I must say, Mrs Meyer’s lavender (normally I love lavender!) gave me a doozy, so I have avoided those products. Maybe I will check out the lemon verbena at some point.

    I love Caldrea, Method, Ecover and 7th generation for laundry and dishes. I also like The Laundress Wash & Stain bar for spot removal, although the scent is bordering on too strong for me.

    I use a steam cleaner on counters, floors and woodwork so I can avoid cleansers completely. It has a long nozzle and trigger kind of like I would imagine a flame thrower does so my husband and son like it too 😉

    joannawnycMarch 28th, 2014  9:36 AM

  • Meghan, I think we would all like the details on how to get grout super clean. Also, I am an American living in Scotland. Are your parents products available here? If not, shall I just look for oxygen bleach? Thanks!

    BaMarch 28th, 2014  3:48 PM

  • I’ve found Begley’s Best to work well and his hand and dish soaps are gentle on the skin. I’m hooked on the citrus scents. For all of Ed Begley’s efforts at long living a life geared toward protecting the environment and being ‘green’ I’m glad to see that he now has a great line of household products. I also like Ecover’s laundry products.

    MelanieMarch 30th, 2014  9:59 AM

  • Honest company has some great products. We recently switched to their dish washing liquid, rinse aid and dryer sheets. So far, so good. Looking forward to trying more honest products.

    Donna AlbertsonApril 3rd, 2014  8:09 AM


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