Cleaning On the Go: What to Pack When you Travel

Green cleaning on the go

Cleaning on the go – whether you’re away for a long weekend, or taking a three week long honeymoon, I think you should always be prepared. In this post I’m going to share a list of essential cleaning products that I always have in my bag/suitcase when I travel. It’s only a few small items, but with them on hand I know that I can tackle anything the vacation brings.

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My New Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher

Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher

I just recently posted about Ecover dishwasher tabs and mentioned our cheap old Maytag dishwasher. Well… it had a good life, but recently started acting up and we chose to replace it with a brand new Bosch 800 Series dishwasher. I never really loved the Maytag, but with all the negative reviews you find online it was a little terrifying to pick out a replacement. Nonetheless I decided to go with the Bosch since as you might know I tend to prefer European appliances, and here are my first impressions.

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Ecover Dishwasher Tablets: A Fantastic and Safe Dishwashing Option

Ecover automatic dishwasher tablets

This is not my first time writing about Ecover Dishwasher tablets – they were actually listed as one of my top 10 green and natural cleaners for the kitchen in a post that I wrote a couple of years ago. In fact, they were the very first item on that list – that’s how much I like them! But since not everyone who has recently started following my blog has gone that far back and read that entry, I thought they could use their own dedicated blog post. Have I mentioned that I really, really like these little guys?

Now, let me start off by saying that the kitchen is one area of the house where I choose to only use “green” cleaners. We do a lot of cooking and eating at home, so it’s imperative for me that everything that comes into contact with food be safe: dishes, counters, the sink and pretty much every other surface in the kitchen. Whether we like it or not, cleaning supplies will leave some amount of residue behind, and if you cook your own food (or eat out of your own dishes), that residue is eventually going to come into contact with food and get ingested. So I would encourage everyone to “go green” in the kitchen, especially when there are so many great options available that aren’t much more expensive than conventional cleaning supplies and are equally effective.

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My Top Ten Green/Natural Kitchen Cleaners Reviewed – Seventh Generation, Method, Ecover and more!

Method All Purpose Spray Cleaner - White RosemaryPlanet Ultra Dishwashing LiquidSeventh Generation Rinse Aid - Free and ClearBetter Life Take It For Granite ReviewEcover Natural Dishwashing LiquidBon Ami Powder Cleaner

I’ve been a Vitacost and iHerb shopper for years, and the reason that initially brought me there was a desire to switch to more natural cleaning products and specifically natural kitchen cleaners. I am very sensitive to scents and fumes, and having to use bleach or Tilex on the tub and Lysol in the bathroom always left me with watery eyes and a splitting headache. Even worse in the kitchen, where everything comes into contact with food!
I figured that there had to be some alternative, and started searching for “green” products that would be less aggressive, but still effective. There was a lot of trial and error along the way, but I would love to share some of my favorites, as well as a couple of duds to stay away from.

This is the first part of a series of posts where I will share my cleaning experience – stay tuned!

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