A Cleaner's Dilemma
Blue Spruce Cleaning has been a green cleaning company using nontoxic cleaning products since 1992. For the routine cleaning, there are plenty of green products out there that work well. But for those heavier cleaning chores finding effective nontoxic products can sometimes be a challenge. I work hard at finding effective nontoxic cleaners and have pretty much covered the bases. Two exceptions at present: oven cleaning and very dirty grout--but I keep experimenting. I'll let you know if there is a cleaning task that a more conventional cleaner would be the best choice for.
For the Brown Scale around Faucets
Here's another great product from Norwex. It's called Descaler. This is for the brown or white mineral deposit that builds up at the base of bathroom and kitchen sink faucets and handles. It works beautifully. (Not for stone and you need to be careful around chrome.)
Shower grout is one of the harder items to clean in a home. One reason for this is that grout is porous and so dirt and other discoloring agents can go deep into the grout. A second reason is that there are several ways that grout gets discolored. It could be from mineral deposits, from soap scum or body oils, from mold, or from some combination of the three. And each source requires it's own cleaning solution. But with care and some experimenting that discoloration can often be remedied.
Handy De-Cluttering Tip
It's a simple idea that has worked for me for many years. Rather than letting them accumulate all over your home, have a box that you toss in all those magazines, mailings, mail pieces, miscellaneous papers that you want to get to but don't have time for now. At the end of December go through the box and get rid of what you're no longer interested in. Chances are you'll toss out most of it!