Merry Maids – Relax, it’s done.  Green cleaning is something that we can all feel good about. It good for the environment and many times it also costs less. Vinegar is one green cleaner that is cost effective and does a good job on many types of cleaning. Another green cleaner to take a look at is Dawn dish soap. If a mildly acidic cleaner, like vinegar, isn’t working on a stain or cleaning job Dawn may be the answer.

Detergents and soaps are used for cleaning because pure water can’t remove oily, organic soiling. Soap cleans by acting as an emulsifier. Basically, soap allows oil and water to mix so that oily grime can be removed during rinsing. Detergents were developed in response to the shortage of the animal and vegetable fats used to make soap during World War I and World War II. Detergents are primarily surfactants, which could be produced easily from petrochemicals. Surfactants lower the surface tension of water, essentially making it ‘wetter’ so that it is less likely to stick to itself and more likely to interact with oil and grease.

Here’s a link to a site with 10  uses for using Dawn around the house.