Green Cleaning

Consider green cleaning as an alternative to commercial household cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals. If the product has a warning label, the label is telling you the product is harmful.

Watch for warning labels on everyday cleaning products: CAUTION, TOXIC OR POISON. These chemicals can contaminate septic tanks and pollute the ground water if poured down drains and toilets. Storm drains flow into our rivers.

For centuries simple household items like vinegar and baking soda have been used as cleaning tools because vinegar kills 99.9% of germs. Vinegar's strong smell only lasts a short time. Baking soda tackles stubborn stains as a whiting agent.

The green cleaning practice saves money and reduces or eliminates the amount of chemical exposure for health benefits. The average home has 30 different cleaning products. Imagine cutting from 30 to 2 products, the savings would be a considerable.

Try some of these simple ideas to get started:

Kitchen Sinks. Wet the kitchen sink and sprinkle with baking soda, rinse with clean water. Stubborn tea and coffee stains will disappear. Work smarter not harder by doing less rubbing and scrubbing let these solutions sit a while. A paste of baking soda and water can sit for 10 to 15 minutes on a difficult kitchen counter stain like red wine or beet juice. Then rinse and wipe down the counter. The paste did the work for you with no scrubbing. Next pour 1 tablespoon of baking soda down the drain, add one half cup of vinegar for the bubbling action as the germs are killed. Let sit for 3 to 5 minutes. For the grand finale pour boiling water down the drain to rinse and kill any surviving germs.

Glass. An easy glass cleaner can be made by mixing 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice in 1 quart of water. Put into a spray bottle and start washing windows. Special tip: If the last product used was a commercial glass cleaner, add one drop of Dawn dish soap to cut the petroleum-based previous product. This step can be skipped when regularly using natural cleaners.

Toilets. An effective toilet bowl cleaner starts with 3 tablespoons of baking soda in the bowl, use a toilet brush and flush. Vinegar works too.

Furniture. When polishing the furniture, mix 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in 1 pint of vegetable oil, then rub with a soft cotton cloth.

Carpets. Deodorize carpets by sprinkling the rug with baking soda, let sit for 15 minutes and then vacuum.

Clothing. Keep clothing moths out of the closets by using cedar chips, dried lavender, rosemary, mint or white peppercorns.

Customize and sanitize. Adding essential oil to any recipe is optional. however they do add a clean smell. Pine and Tea Tree oil are anti-bacterial in nature.

Green cleaning is cost effective and smells good too. Old fashion remedies are coming back in fashion. Start green cleaning today.


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