Make Your Own Green Cleaning Supplies
Cleaning products are all around, from the liquid dish soap used to wash your dishes to the glass cleaner sprayed on your windows to give them a streak-free shine. In your battle to ward off dirt and grime, you may have made things worse. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is at least two to three times more polluted than the air outside. This is due to volatile organic compounds that evaporate from cleaning products used in the home. Most conventional cleaning products are petroleum-based and pose hazardous risks on our health. There are plenty of natural “green” cleaners that can keep a house clean and smelling fresh without the toxic side effects.
Benefits of Green Cleaning
Green cleaning is the use of environmentally-friendly ingredients in cleaning products to preserve the Earth and our health. Each day, you are exposed to a variety of chemicals found in common cleaning supplies. From your kitchen and bathrooms to your floors and furniture, numerous cleaning products are used to keep your home and business tidy and hygienic. While many of these products are harmless, some can have adverse effects on your health over time, as well as the environment. Children, pets, and the elderly are especially vulnerable to risks posed by dangerous cleaning solutions.
Many people suffer from allergies due to the chemicals found in these products, leaving your nose itching and your eyes watering. Green cleaning involves using only non-toxic products to clean your home. When selecting your home’s cleaning supplies, always check the labels and go with cleaning products that are phosphate-free and biodegradable. These products are completely affordable and can make a huge difference in the toxicity level of your home’s air. Among the greatest benefits of switching to green cleaners is the positive impact it makes on your families health.
Green Cleaning How-Tos
- To rid your shower, tub and tiles from soap scum and mildew, combine 1/2 cup baking soda, ¼ cup vinegar, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice and scrub the area.
- Deep clean your carpet and eliminate odors by adding 1 cup white vinegar to 3 gallons of water and spraying the carpet prior to steam cleaning.
- For an all green air freshener, pour baking soda into a shallow dish to absorb odors naturally.
- To whiten whites and brighten colors while doing laundry, use oxygenated bleach products instead of chlorine bleach.
- Control strong odors in cat litter boxes and garbage cans by sprinkling some baking soda on the bottom before putting in new litter or a new bag.
- For a green fabric softener, add vinegar to the final rinse cycle to remove soapy residue from clothing and to make clothes ultra-soft.
- To clean mirrors, windows, and other forms of glass, use a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water.
- To boost your cleaning power when doing laundry, use ½ cup of Borax along with your phosphate-free biodegradable laundry detergent.
- To kill mold and mildew in tile grout, mix 1 cup of Borax with 1 gallon of hot water and spray the area before wiping it clean.
- To naturally clean your produce, combine 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 cup cold tap water, and 2 tablespoons white vinegar in a spray bottle and apply to the produce.
- Keep your toilet bowl clean with a mixture of 1 cup Borax put directly into the toilet bowl and allow it to sit overnight before rinsing the next day.
- Clean the walls of your home by mixing one-part hydrogen peroxide with one-part water in a spray bottle and wiping the walls clean with a cloth.
- For a “green” furniture polish, combine ¼ cup lemon juice and 1/8 cup olive oil in a spray bottle and evenly polish wood surfaces.
- If you need help scrubbing grime off of difficult to clean surfaces, add salt to your mixture for use on shower tiles and other non-porous surfaces.
- To get a fresh smell from your carpet, sprinkle baking soda on your carpet before vacuuming.
- Toothpaste can be used to fight off stains and scruff marks, will remove crayons from walls, and get rid of stains on carpet by putting some toothpaste on a damp cloth and scrubbing the area.
- Freshen up your drains and clean copper around your home with fresh lemons.
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