Common Eco-Friendly Ingredients: What They Are & Where They Come From

Do you ever wonder what makes a so-called "natural" ingredient safer and less toxic than an "unnatural" one? How can you be sure that "eco-friendly" cleaners are really such?

In this post, I break down some of the common cleaning ingredients out there claimed as "eco-friendly" and share what they are and where they actually come from.
Baking Soda is a white crystalline powder called pure sodium bicarbonate. In its pure/natural form, baking soda is called nahcolite, taking its name from its chemical formula. Baking soda helps to dissolve grease & dirt in water.
White Vinegar comes from the process of distilled alcohol undergoing acid fermentation. Vinegar can be mixed with water (1:1 ratio) to create a fantastic all-purpose cleaner that deodorizes and disinfects all in one.
Lemon Juice comes from the fruit of the lemon tree, which is commonly grown in the citrus states of California and Florida. Lemon juice is a natural disinfectant with antibacterial properties.
Castile Soap is purely made from plants (rather than from animal fats as other soaps commonly are). It is named for the Castile region of Spain. It can be used as an all-purpose cleaner, in shampoos, dishwasher detergent & much more!
Essential Oils are the oil of the plant from which they are extracted. It is essential in that it carries the distinctive aroma, or “essence” of the plant. Most essential oils possess antibacterial & anti-fungal properties.
Club Soda is a fancy term for carbonated water. Club soda is known for treating difficult stains, including wine, coffee, and chocolate.

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  • Miriam Illions
    on Nov 18, 2013

    Thank you so much for this informative post! I enjoyed reading it.

  • Julie Bristow
    on Nov 19, 2013

    I actually use Castile soap in my carpet cleaner! I put in a little tea tree oil and vinegar was well

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