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Non-toxic upholstery cleaners to make or buy

Lavender is used in many green cleaners.
Lavender is used in many green cleaners.
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Trying to go green? Frustrated by the lack of all natural upholstery cleaners? Affordable, non-toxic upholstery cleaners are difficult to find. I was ecstatic when a friend told me about these all natural upholstery cleaners. I was also surprised to learn that some of the green cleaners I use for other items can be used on upholstery.

Begley's Best

Ed Begley is a recognizable celebrity. He's also the brains behind Begley's Best. Begley's Best is a collection of environmentally safe cleaning products. These amazing cleaners can be used on anything, including upholstery.

Begley's best contains all natural non-toxic ingredients. It's made from citrus, pine and olive extracts. It fights greasy stains on upholstery and cleans windows too! This green product biodegrades within a week.

Simple Green

We all know about this company. Simple Green makes green cleaners of all types. Simple Green Carpet Care is the product to use for upholstery cleaning. Like all of Simple Green's cleaners, Carpet Care is non-toxic.

No animal testing is done with Simple Green's ecofriendly cleaners. They are biodegradable and come in recyclable bottles. The all natural scent of this upholstery cleaner comes from essential oils and plant extracts.

Baking soda and lavender

When I want fresh furniture between vigorous cleanings, I use this homemade all natural upholstery freshener. It contains baking soda and lavender to deodorize upholstery. Whenever I use it people think I've been cleaning all day.

Making this upholstery cleaner is simple. Measure ¼ cup baking soda into a spray bottle. Add 10 drops lavender essential oil. Fill the spray bottle to the top with water. Shake it up. Spray on upholstery for a fresh non-toxic scent.

Baking soda, vinegar and citrus

When freshening is the least of your worries try this industrial strength, non toxic upholstery cleaner. It's made with baking soda, vinegar and citrus peels. The citrus and vinegar work great for cutting grease build up on upholstery fabric.

To make this green product, a spray bottle will be needed. Place the peel of one lemon or orange in 1 cup of vinegar. Let steep for one week. Strain the liquid off and into the spray bottle. Add ¼ cup baking soda. Fill the spray bottle to the top with water. Spray and scrub. No rinsing is needed.

This article was previously published on Yahoo! by this author. It has been updated and revised for Examiner.

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