(Closed) Eco-Friendly Bees … a housecleaning question!!

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Post # 3
399 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

You can often get bulk packs of the flour sack towels (thin cotton towels) for not much money.  I think washing in your washer would work fine.  Just do it on the smallest load setting so you don’t have to worry about wasting water.

I need to get more eco-conscious in my cleaning too!  I am pretty good with some things, but I know some of the stuff I use is more toxic than I want to admit!

Post # 4
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Old sheets make great cleaning rags, especially for dusting because they don’t leave behind fuzzies. A single old sheet can give you a pile of rags; the same concept applies to using old shirts, towels and washcloths (good for heavy duty stuff), and so on.

If you’re worried about putting them in the wash, you can rinse them out in the sink beforehand. 🙂

Post # 5
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

For laundry that we don’t do often but would get smelly or gross if left in a hamper (such as cleaning rags or in our case my FI’s “outside” working in the garage or on the farm clothes), we use those plastic Rubbermaid type totes with the lids. That way you can let them sit until an entire load builds up but not have to worry about it — too calrify, it usually only takes us maybe two weeks. I don’t mean like leave it get crusty for a month or something haha, though I don’t know that it would hurt a cleaning rag, really. After that, we wash like the dog towels then socks and towels so that if there is a little residue, it doesn’t really ruin anything. We work from grossest to nicest clothes haha.

Post # 6
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I just toss them in the wash with the clothes or with other towels. Washing machines do a really good job, I wouldn’t worry about getting stuff on your clothes. I once tossed a towel with dog puke on it in the wash with some other fabrics and everything came out clean. (Sorry for Too Much Information there.)  I will sometimes do a “very dirty things” load, including our bathroom rugs, the dog’s towel, our cleaning rags, etc.

Post # 8
1740 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

i use old socks especially the one my fi destroyed with his toe… they are great also for cleaning i used a lot of vinegar for any smell and cleaning the bathroom and kitchen floors, i also used baking soda an lemon… the mixture will eliminate any stain around the house… 

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