Are green cleaners really effective? Can you offer any suggestions on how to keep chemicals out of the house? -Kathy

Some of the eco-friendly, green cleaners on the market do a good job of cleaning, but be sure to check independent reviews to see which ones work best.

Many common items you have in your kitchen – including vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and salt – are organic, safe, inexpensive, and work great for household cleaning.


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Kathy: Are those so-called green cleaners really effective? Can you offer any suggestions on how to keep chemicals out of the house?

Danny Lipford: Some of the green cleaners do work fairly well. You know, it’s kind of funny that even some of the chemical cleaners contain natural products like ammonia and vinegar. Hey, speaking of vinegar, I can clean just about anything around the house with a mixture of vinegar and baking soda. It’s very cheap as well. But if you need a little degreaser, well, citric acid works perfect for that, and smells pretty good as well. Now if you need a little abrasion, salt does the trick perfectly. Now if you decide to use some of the green cleaners, don’t rely on the PR and marketing behind these products. Make sure you check out some of the independent third-party reviews to see what they’re saying about the product you’re considering. And if you find one that works really good, spread the word.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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