10 Best Eco Cleaning Products

Items Shown:
microfiber cloths – http://amzn.to/2aK0qYg
cordless vacuum – http://amzn.to/2aN5l81
unscented dishwasher pods – http://amzn.to/2axSiH1
unscented laundry detergent – http://amzn.to/2aSYiLC
Casabella grout brush – http://amzn.to/2aT4WTO
Method all-purpose – http://amzn.to/2aN5MPM
paper towels pick-a-size – http://amzn.to/2aESlCx
rags – http://amzn.to/2b5FDRg
baking soda – http://amzn.to/2aE7nGU

Swiffer – http://amzn.to/2aT5I2Z
Casabella dish brush (for drains) – http://amzn.to/2aT4u86
OXO squeegee (for tub) – http://amzn.to/2b6j3Vf
over-the-door towel hanger (for microfiber cloth) – http://amzn.to/2aSZcri
Command clear hooks – http://amzn.to/2aFekdY
magic eraser – http://amzn.to/2aFfc4X
tennis balls – http://amzn.to/2asCLN6
hydrogen peroxide – http://amzn.to/2aSZVsO
duster – http://amzn.to/2aN68Wt
dustpan – http://amzn.to/2aThngs

Other Items mentioned:
hand soap
rubbing alcohol

10-condiment challenge – http://www.thesimplebrief.com/cc/
clean with only water – http://www.thesimplebrief.com/w/
blog – http://www.thesimplebrief.com/

Top Tips:
Make a designated wishlist on Amazon just for products you buy regularly.
Limit DIY cleaners.
Stay away from every eco cleaning agent under the sun; i.e. just buy a lemon for the few times you’ll ever need lemon juice to clean something.
Use a bucket with vinegar under the sink and water so that rags don’t smell before putting them in the wash.
For more tips: http://www.thesimplebrief.com/cleaning/

Natural stain removal chart:
blood – 1/4 c hydrogen peroxide + 3/4 c cold water pre-soak
tomato – white vinegar directly on stain, wash
wine or red dye – 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water pre-soak
food – sprinkle baking soda, rinse with 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water
vomit, urine, egg, glue, or other protein stains – soak in cold water, add 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and baking soda
grease or oil – sprinkle with baking soda to absorb oil, soak in vinegar, scrub with liquid soap
mud – borax and water paste, wash immediately
dingy whites – 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water for 30 minutes, 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide per load in wash
tea or coffee – scrub with borax and water paste, wash
ink or paint – soak in rubbing alcohol for 30 min
grass – scrub with dish soap or 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water

Related videos:
the perfect towel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Anhq0HJJowI
bathroom organization – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itfS14iQC3E


Christina Del Rio says:

I tell story ago long all . myself learn else month week year ?? good new ?

Holly Hogan says:

Where did you find the container with the blue lid? Thank you for the tips!

Bunches Price says:

I love your channel I watch a lot of cleaning and organizing programs I just found you the other night and I think I have to say you’re my absolute favorite.. Mary Price

Thu Trang Pham says:

What do you do for cleaning the toilet?

Ann1156434 xx says:

I don’t know why but I love watching cleaning videos and even more when it is with natural alternative. I saw that natural cloths detergent is the same price or even cheaper than regular one though !! I like Dr Bronners citrus soap!!!! Just bought new microfiber cloth yesterday .

Tracey T says:

I find your videos very soothing! I’m moving towards a more minimal life (at age 50 I’m finally ready to let STUFF go).  I like the idea of minimal cleaning products.  I always bought the “new and improved” of anything, but always went back to the same tried and true few.  I’ll stick with those! I even got rid of so many dishes we don’t use our dishwasher anymore lol I wash the 2 plates, 2 mugs by hand lol  Keep the videos coming, they are inspirational 🙂

Esperanza Avina says:

Hello, Melody! =) Where did you get that salt jar/shaker? It seems so practical.

Minimalist Vegan Lifestyle says:

Your videos are great for auditory and visual learners. Love that you show us every little thing when speaking and you have tips on the side that we can read. Very engaging and professional. Thanks for sharing!

Katie Warren says:

Hi Melody, I’ve been binge watching your videos over the last few weeks and I just wanted to say you do a great job. Your personality is adorable and you videos keep me engaged the whole time. Keep them coming! <3

bluwaterbabe99 says:

Have you considered how bad Amazon is for small businesses, and the packaging they use for their delivery? And there are way better companies than Seventh Generation to buy from?

Tam Sev says:


Tessa Mitz says:

great video please do more like this 🙂 thanks for all of the tips

LethiaPage says:

I am trying to use fewer products, too. The most all purpose product I know is Dr Bronners castile soap. You can use it on your dishes, your clothes, your hair, body, cat, car, floors, household surfaces, etc. Honestly. You need so few other chemical items when you commit to using it….which saves serious storage space, money, and shopping time.

You do very basic modifications but it is so little compared to other DIY cleaning products. The main modification is diluting the soap for the process. And then the delivery tool…brush, bucket, sprayer, paper towel…etc.

You can expand your arsenal with the common pantry staples you have mentioned, as well as essential oils.

Some other cleaning boosters that are non-chemical helpers when cleaning.

letting the mess soak or related…giving the product time to work.
using hotter water or steam.
elbow grease.
yes! Magic erasers

Start with a trigger bottle…add a couple teaspoons of the soap and fill with water….use this as your all purpose spray and wipe cleaner for most cleaning. You could use this solution in a tupperware with paper towels soaking in it….quick homemade cleaning wipes. You can add some tea tree oil for disinfecting but tea tree is one of the 8 formulas so you can buy that one for your household. You use full strength for laundry 1-2 oz per load. A half teaspoon for a shower, or a sink full of dishes, or your hair, or a bucket of mop water.

Just because it is versatile don’t think it can’t do anything well. True soap (which is a very specific chemical) is theeeeeee most effective, safe, and versatile cleaner there is.

The thing I like about Dr Bronners soap (and there are other brands) is the quality of their ingredients, and the way they do business. As a minimalist you will love everything about them.

Thanks for reading! I enjoy your videos!

Amanda Anson says:

I love that, because I have been on the fence about making my own or just buying natural products! This makes so much sense!

Arty Bemore says:

I’m just wondering if you have to disinfect? or why you wouldn’t have too

Sarah Elizabeth says:

Check out Norwex, I think you’ll love it. It’s the ultimate minimalist for cleaning, no products required!

Margo Langford says:

I reuse the empty parmesan cheese container for my baking soda DIY’s…Free!

Rex Willhoite says:

Fish are eating microfibers from our clothes. Just type “microfibers fish” in Google to find out more. When we eat fish, we could be eating little pieces of plastic.

Ninja 1974 says:

I have managed to completely remove paper towel and cling wrap from my house. i havn’t used either for about 2 years now. I feel so much better about not using these.

Nancy Matos says:

I like the vessel you have for the salt, where did you get it?

Floresita Reyes says:

I love watching your videos they really relax me. And I love it when you say something will change your life. It’s really funny. You’re cute.

Jane Shaw says:

Love your tips, thank you! Whew, you talk f~a~s~t!!! Lol. Sometimes I had to click the back button and listen to you again to understand you! 🙂

Karly Rich says:

Hi Melody, I never do this but I just have to tell you how much I love your channel, you have a soothing calmness about you that I really appreciate and your philosophies about minimalism, cleaning and organizing really speak to me in a way no other YouTuber does. A few years ago I was finally diagnosed with asthma after years of suffering silently, not understanding why harsh cleaning products made me so miserable. After watching your videos on minimalist cleaning I have started cleaning with only vinegar, water and baking soda and I absolutely love it! I will endure the mildly annoying smell of vinegar for a few minutes if it means my lungs will stop trying to kill me! I will never ever go back to cleaning with harsh chemicals, thank you very much!
This may not be the place to ask but… I am about to buy my first house in a week! Ironically it is a rather large home (4 bedrooms for 2 adults and a toddler) and I have been trying to use this time to get rid of all non-essential possessions before we move. Do you have any advice on the best methods for de-cluttering while I pack for the move? I am also concerned that once we move in we will struggle with keeping such a large space minimal… the temptation to fill every room with stuff may be too great. As a renter I have never lived in one space for more than a few years which has helped me stay minimal so the idea of living in a home for potentially decades has me more than a little concerned. Any advice you feel like sharing I would appreciate, thanks!

anastasia46 says:

magic erasers are really hard on your hands!!! rubber gloves are a must.

A Pinch of Healthy says:

I love all your tips Melody! You are so thoughtful and seem wise beyond your years! And I love that you have such a calming and positive energy. XO, Marjorie

sleekitty says:

Great video! I like your style of speaking and your tips are actually practical. How do you launder your rags and microfiber cloths…? separately from each other and everything else? or throw both in with towels? I always think i should wash everything separately, but then there are so many small loads and it is not very minimalist. Thank you! ☺

RubberBand03 says:

What do u use for cleaning th toilets?

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