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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Green Cleaning

This giveaway is now closed, but it’s still a handy post and there are some great green cleaning tips in the comments, so keep reading!

I recently decided to ‘green’ my cleaning supplies, in support of my New Year’s resolution to use less plastic and create less waste. I have to admit, I’m a bit of a clean freak. I love knowing when something has been bleached and is SO SO clean. But I don’t love knowing that every time I run my dishwasher, I’m draining a bunch of yucky chemicals out of my house into the world. I must also admit that, until now, I didn’t real trust green cleaning supplies. I just wasn’t so sure that they would actually work.

Well, I’m happy to report that Phase 1 of cleaning green has been a success! I discovered a few great products that have worked really well, including Bon Ami and Seventh Generation’s dishwasher soap, among others. I’ve also gone back to using good old vinegar and baking soda. That is by far my most favorite cleaning agent for my stainless steel kitchen sink! One day I cleaned the kitchen counters with vinegar and Anna walked in and asked what was cooking for dinner. It was pretty cute.

Coincidentally, at the same time that I started swapping out a lot of my cleaning supplies I was introduced to the company Full Circle Home. I was totally game to try out some of their products and do a giveaway on the blog since I was already looking into these types of products! Full Circle makes beautiful cleaning tools from sustainable and renewable sources and I’m really liking everything I’ve tried so far. I was most excited to try out the cellulose cloths, hoping to replace a lot of my paper towel use. They are super absorbent and you can toss them in the dishwasher to clean them. Super cool! Oh, and the walnut scrubber sponge? I never thought I could find a sponge besides the classic green and yellow Scotch-Brite sponges to make me happy, but this one is just as great!

They also sent me a freezer compost bin…how smart is that? Freezing compost scraps – genius! But we’re not going to talk compost just yet…that is another post for another day! (I promise, we WILL talk compost at some point, though!)

Giveaway time! One of you randomly-selected, lucky clean freaks will receive the same lovely package of Full Circle Home goodies I did, including: Walnut Scrubber Sponge, Scrap Happy (freezer compost bin), Stick ‘Em magnetic dish towel, Tidy dish cloths, Scoop sponge, Squeeze cellulose cloths, and The Ring veggie scrubber.

How to enter!


You must leave separate comments to get the extra entries. Prize must be shipped in the U.S. All comments need to be posted by Midnight, PT on Wednesday, May 30.

Good luck and happy cleaning!


  1. 2

    I also like the Norwex cloths. They have one that cleans glass and stainless steel appliances with just water. It’s pretty incredible.

  2. I’d love to try these out!

  3. 4

    we had an interesting discussion at easter about using vinegar- I could not convince my sister (who only feeds her kids organic vegies) that the benefits (cheap and green) were worth putting up with the smell…..

  4. 5
    amy marantino

    these look really neat

  5. 6

    They sound wonderful. I must check out the website.

  6. 7

    We are expecting our first child in December. Time to look into these products.

  7. 8
    Liz Brown

    What a great giveaway! I’m going to their website right now to learn more.

  8. 9

    Never heard of this brand but I’m new to *green cleaning* as well…sounds great!

  9. 10

    I would love to try to green up my cleaning routine!

  10. 11
    Nikki CB

    These look great!

  11. 12

    I would love to win this!

  12. 13
    Lori H

    I would love to give these products a try!

  13. Full Circle looks like a great company! Thanks for the offer.

  14. 15

    I would love to use these items! Thank you for a great offer.

  15. 16

    Great giveaway! Thanks :

  16. 17

    This would be great! I was a clean freak before but now with a baby in the house, I am even more so! 🙂

  17. 18

    I liked your facebook page!

  18. 19

    My new favorite way to make household cleaner is by soaking orange peels in vinegar. Smells wonderful and works great dor mirrors and windows!

  19. 20

    Instead of using harsh chemicals to kill the over-growth on a path all you need in vinegar! It kills everything it touches so just spray spray away. If you want it to be rush add a splash of soap to help the vinegar stick to the leaves.

  20. 21

    I swear I’m trying to give up paper towels!

  21. 22
    Christy M

    I love using vinegar. I actually like the smell. I spray down my counters and cutting boards all the time with it!

  22. 23

    I love my reusable snack and sandwich bags that can be washed in the dishwasher. But I had no idea there were cleaning cloths that could be washed the same way. Wonderful! We do compost, and I can’t believe I never thought of putting the scraps in the freezer.

  23. 24
    Emily Wignall

    I’ve never heard about this company, but only use green cleaning products. I would love to try these!

  24. i just started believing in green cleaning about a month ago when we unclogged our (gross apartment) sink drain with baking soda & vinegar. now i use that combo to clean the bathroom. love it!

  25. i liked full circle on facebook.

  26. i liked your blog on facebook.

  27. 28
    Jenny D.

    I have switched out my chemical loaded cleaning supplies for green cleaning options, I love that I don’t have to deal with nasty fumes anymore.

  28. 29
    Jenny D.

    I like TWFD on FB

  29. 30

    Look like great products!

  30. thanks for the chance to center! I think I use windex for too many cleaning things!

  31. 32
    Jenny D.

    I like Full Circle on FB

  32. I “Like” Full Circle on Facebook

  33. I “Like” This Week for Dinner on Facebook

  34. 35

    Looks like a great assortment!

  35. 36
    April V

    I would love to win! My best tip is replace most of your cleaners w/ vinegar! It really cleans great!

  36. 37

    Green housekeeping is my biggest and most important goal for the year. Tips: cloth napkins, vinegar, homemade laundry soap, cloth rags instead of paper towels, and good old fashioned elbow grease!

  37. 38

    This would be awesome!

  38. 39

    I’d love to try the products.

  39. 40

    We’re greening up too and would love these additions!

  40. These items are great!!! Love the veggie scrubber!

  41. 42
    Christin Attebury

    I’ve been pretty happy with most of the Method products (available at Target here).

  42. I clean for occasions. 🙂

  43. 44

    What a great giveaway! Count me in 🙂

  44. 45
    Dena Hamlin

    awesome giveaway. Baking soda is one of my favorite cleaners. Does wonders in the bathtub/shower!!!

  45. 46

    Green cleaning tip: vinegar for EVERYTHING! 😉

  46. 47

    I like Full Circle on facebook.

  47. 48
    Dena Hamlin

    I like This Week for Dinner on FB

  48. 49

    I like This Week for Dinner on facebook.

  49. 50

    I, too, have “greened” my cleaning routine in the last few months and really enjoy making my cleaners now. Good luck with yours!

  50. 51

    I recently jumped on the vinegar bandwagon for cleaning and I love it! My favorite tip I learned from pinterest is how to clean my microwave: Combine vinegar and hot water in a bowl and nuke it for 5 minutes. Then wipe out your microwave. It works perfectly every time to get all the nasty junk out without using chemicals! Thanks for such a great giveaway!

  51. 52

    I follow This Week for Dinner on facebook.

  52. I could use some new cleaning supplies! Thanks!

  53. 54
    Cindy D.

    I would love to try some of this stuff (but I guess that requires me to clean too, right?). If only this house would clean itself, life would be so much simpler. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!


  54. 55

    With Pets in the house I always think about the cleaning supplies I am using but I haven’t had much luck with what I have tried. Would love to try some of these!!

  55. 56

    Yay…I also just started to try the green cleaning thing! I’ve been using baking soda as an odor eliminator for my carpets. I sprinkle it onto the carpet and rugs and then just vaccum it up. It works great!

  56. 57

    I liked TWFD on FB. 🙂

  57. 58

    Love it! It’s great to hear from someone who’s actually tried the products.

  58. 59

    I liked Full Circle on FB. 🙂

  59. 60
    Kelly B

    I’ve never heard of Full Circle Home, but I’ll have to give them a try. I LOVE cleaning green. Seems like if you have vinegar, baking soda and lemons on hand, you can clean just about anything. 🙂

  60. I liked TWFD on FB. (I thought I already had?)

  61. 64

    Cool products…would love to win some and try to green up my cleaning as well! 🙂

  62. 65

    These would be great to have! I’ve been looking for more environmentally safe cleaning products 🙂

  63. 66

    I’ve had to go green while cleaning my cloth diapers. Regular detergent wasn’t working, but baking soda and vinegar work wonders.

  64. 67
    Stephanie P.

    Cleaning cloths that go in the dishwasher? Sounds great to me! Excellent giveaway, thanks!

  65. This is fantastic!
    I’ve found that baking soda is an amazing grime remover for grease or stained counters.

  66. 69

    This is exactly what I have been wanting! Thanks for sharing.

  67. 70

    I woud love this! Great idea…

  68. I don’t know that anyone would call me a clean “freak” per se… but I do love green and sustainable!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win

  69. I follow This Week on Facebook. Thanks for the opportunity to win

  70. Those cleaning clothes sound like a great idea! We’ve been using regular old towels and they’re gross!

  71. 74

    Just what I need to fully go green at home!

  72. 75
    Nancy from Mass

    What a great giveaway!

  73. 76

    Fun! I am about 75% green in my cleaning. Striving for better.

  74. 77

    Love your post and giveaway, especially the little brush.

  75. Great giveaway! I love using vinegar and baking soda for cleaning.

  76. I liked Full Circle on facebook.

  77. I already liked you on facebook.

  78. 81
    Mandy Blank

    Perfect timing for spring cleaning!!

  79. 82

    I love that it’s getting easier to be “green” in our cleaning.

  80. oh my gosh, I was just talking about this to my husband this week! I would LOVE to try out some green cleaning stuff!!

    I have liked Full Circle and This Week for Dinner on Facebook.

  81. 84

    Yay for Green Products!

  82. 85

    and I “Like” you on Facebook! 🙂

  83. 86

    I’d love to be able to clean greener!

  84. 87

    Fantastic Giveaway!

  85. 88
    Megan Flowers

    I am a clean freak too! I would love to try more green products out.

  86. 89
    Jessie C.

    I’d love to try these products!

  87. 90
    Jessie C.

    “Like” Full Circle on Facebook (

  88. 91
    Kathleen Hendry

    Thanks for thinking of us with this giveaway! I’ll definitely use it.

  89. 92

    I would love to try these! And hear about freezer composting….

  90. 93

    I could always use new cleaning supplies!!

  91. 94

    Pinterest is such a great source for natural cleaning concoctions.

  92. 95

    I have recently rediscovered Bon Ami as well. I have also founf Seventh Generation dishwasher soap is better than Planet, but I prefer Planet liquid dish soap. These cleaning supplies look awesome!

  93. 96
    Kristen Austin

    I would love these! I’m trying to simplify and this would be a great start!

  94. 97

    I use the seventh generation dishwasher detergent, I love it!

  95. 98

    Steam kitchen floors instead of floor soap . . .

  96. 99

    this is great!

  97. 100

    I love using vinegar and baking soda…and I can let my kids help with the cleaning, I’m not worried about them inhaling all the fumes and chemicals

  98. 101

    liked you on facebook!

  99. 102
    Joanne K.

    Great give away! I would love to try the products. I’m always looking for ways to be greener!

  100. 103

    Would love to win this!

  101. 104

    Liked you on FB

  102. 105

    Some good tips, I too am trying to be greener with my cleaning.

  103. 106

    I’m trying to slowly go some green. It sure doesn’t come natural for me. 🙁

  104. 107

    Great giveaway!

  105. 108

    Those products look great, I’d love to give them a try.

  106. 109

    Great giveaway, thanks for the opportunity

  107. 110

    I’ve been using vinegar and baking soda as well. I prefer the baking soda over ajax for cleaning my tub.

  108. 111
    Amy @ Kitchen and Kids

    Those look like great products. I absolutely love vinegar for cleaning. It has so many great uses.

  109. 112

    Yay for green cleaning!

  110. 113

    Always nice to find things that work well and are better for us & the environment.

  111. 114

    Nothing cleans like white vinegar and water.

  112. 116

    I was just talking to my mom the other day about “greening” up my cleaning supplies. This sounds like the perfect give away.

  113. 117
    Sarah C.

    Charlie’s Soap is great for the laundry!

  114. 118

    White vinegar and water is my go-to cleaner. Very inexpensive and does a superior job to many of the cleaning products on the market. Check out Hints from Heloise. She is a huge proponent of anything vinegar.

  115. 119

    I would love to try these!

  116. My son and I are getting serious about green cleaning. He’s been having horrible allergy problems. Last week he did the floors (yes, I’m that lucky) and used only warm water after sweeping. He said his allergies did not act up as normal.

    This is a great post and I’m going to be reading all the comments.

  117. 121
    kathy m

    Great idea for a give a way! Would love to go more GREEN!

  118. 122

    Just started using white vinegar for cleaning-this would be perfect to go along with it.

  119. 123
    Daija H.


  120. 124

    I am trying to green up my cleaning supplies too. Great timing!

  121. 125

    I like you on facebook

  122. 126

    I like full circle on facebook

  123. 127

    Yea for green cleaning!

  124. 128

    Facebook fan! Happy Memorial Day!

  125. 129
    Heather K Miller

    Thanks for this chance to win!

  126. 130
    Heather K Miller

    I like you on Fb!

  127. 131
    Heather K Miller

    I like them on Fb!

  128. 132

    Would love to give these products a try!

  129. 133

    Awesome giveaway. I hope that I win.

  130. 134

    As a VTer, I love Seventh Gen. Have used them for a long time and always will!

  131. 135

    Love green products…hope I win!!

  132. 136
    Jenny Dill

    Learning how to clean green is one of my dreams! I would love to learn more about it and actually begin doing it in my home. My fingers are crossed that this cute little kit will jump start my dream and help me get one step closer to leaving a smaller environmental footprint.

  133. 137
    Leanna H

    This is a great giveaway! I would love to be able to clean green!

  134. 138
    Leanna H

    I like “full circle” on Facebook.

  135. 139
    Leanna H

    I like this week for dinner on facebook.

  136. 140

    Vinegar is great, but doesn’t smell so good. If I’ve used a lemon in cooking I don’t throw it away, I use what’s left of it to clean and everything it touches smells good. Sinks, toilet rims and bottoms, garbage disposals, etc. are some of the places I’ve tried.

  137. 141

    I like full circle on facebook.

  138. 142

    I like this week for dinner on facebook.

  139. 143

    Great idea! Thanks!

  140. 144

    Great giveaway! I love cleaning green, especially since having my babies.

  141. 145

    Liked you on fb 🙂

  142. 146

    liked “full circle” on fb. thanks!

  143. 147

    I have been trying to clean a bit greener.

  144. 148

    I liked Full Circle on facebook.

  145. 149

    I liked This Week for Dinner on facebook.

  146. 150

    I would love to win these. Thanks.

  147. 151
    Kim 2

    I would love to win these cleaning supplies from Full Circle. The little vegtable brush would be put to immediate use!

  148. 152

    I think my husband would love it if we had the freezer compost bin–the counter one gets a little stinky.

  149. 153

    And I’ve liked TWFD on facebook 🙂

  150. Liked them on Facebook. Already liked your page for the last contest. 😀

  151. 155

    I would love to win these green cleaning tools…they’ll go great with the green cleaners I’ve been mixing up in my kitchen!

  152. 156

    I like This Week for Dinner on Facebook!

  153. 157

    Would love to try these products!!

  154. 158

    liked Full Circle on FB too!

  155. 159

    and definitely “liked” TWFD on FB…if there were a “love” I would have hit that too 🙂

  156. 160
    Sarah Darby

    My cleaning supplies could definitely use a make over.

  157. 161
    Sarah Darby

    I liked TWFD on facebook, but to be honest I have liked you for a long time.

  158. 162
    Sarah Darby

    I liked full circle on facebook. There stuff looks really neat.

  159. 163

    Nothing gives your home a fresh scent like sprinkling baking soda on the carpet then vacuuming it

  160. 164
    Jessica E

    Jane! What a great resolution! I applaud you quest to clean green! I have started on my own quest but I can’t seem to tear myself away from some of my old habits, this package would certainly put me on the right path.

  161. 165
    Carolyn S

    Thanks for sharing some new produts!

  162. 166

    I like you on facebook!

  163. 167

    I have been using vinegar mix to clean my windows.

  164. 168

    I use a green cleaner but would love to try greener products.

  165. 169
    Beth C

    Winning this give away would be a great way to start my cleaning supplies as I start my new household!!

  166. 170
    Beth C

    I liked TWFD on facebook!

  167. 171
    Beth C

    I liked Full Circle on Facebook!

  168. 172
    Andrea P

    i’ve been going green with my cleaners as well. with little kids it feels good and i like the simplicity of just picking up a giant bag of baking soda and a couple gallons of vinegar when i go to the warehouse store.

  169. 173

    the giveaway looks awesome – my home needs a good scrub down and im always looking for fun green cleaning supplies

  170. 174

    I Like Full Circle on Facebook

  171. 175

    I Like This Week for Dinner on Facebook

  172. 176

    I’ve been doing the vinegar and baking soda thing for quite a while, and this weekend when we washed all the windows I opted for vinegar/water spray instead of windex… worked better than the blue stuff! I do need to add reusable cloths, scrubbers, and so on to my routine. This would be perfect- thanks!

  173. Just in time for some spring cleaning!! Would love to win these quality products. Tip: add some perfumed “oil” to the top of a light bulb and when you turn it on the fragrance will permeate the room.

  174. 178

    A friend got me to start using vinegar for cleaning a while ago, but I’d love to try out some new green cleaning aids!

  175. 179

    Can’t believe I missed this give-away! I was enjoying some family time on vacation though. This is great info for new products. Thanks.

  176. 180
    Jane Maynard

    LOVED all your great green cleaning tips! THANK YOU ALL!

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