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Easy Eco-Friendly Cleaning

Some say “You could be polluting your home without even knowing it.” It is not always possible to get away from the chemical choices, but any steps you take toward using less is better for us humans and the earth.

We really just need to be more aware of what we are using and how they impact the earth. Once we increase our awareness we can make more informed decisions about our choices.

Many people believe that in order to be clean, the house has to smell like a bleach (or other cleaning product) factory. This is not the case at all. You can choose environmentally friendly cleaning products to keep your home clean and your family safe without the “knock you down at the door” smell of some of the commercial cleaning products on the market.

What are eco-friendly products? You’ve seen ads for cleaners that are organic or “green.” These products comply with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines for product ingredients that are safe for the environment. If these products won’t poison the earth, they are a lot safer for you don’t you think?

Think about it. About 50 to 100 years ago people cleaned in other ways. They didn’t have all the cleaning product choices found on grocery store aisles today. If they can do it so can you. Part of the return to environmentally friendly products is that they don’t use chemicals that can breakdown and affect the soil and water and ultimately animals and humans.

Check the labels when you go to the store. Look for products that are specifically designated as “green” cleaning products. Most major manufacturers have come out with their own line of cleaning agents geared towards being gentler to our bodies and the earth.

In addition to buying eco-friendly products, you can also create your own homemade cleaning products. That is exactly what people used to do before the products we have today were invented. The nice part is that many of the ingredients are already in your home.

You’ll need to invest in some spray bottles. When making homemade products, the spray bottles can be reused to make fresh solutions as often as you need to. What a great way to not only use friendlier products, but also recycle.

Let’s begin with water. It will be the base for most of the products you use. Water doesn’t permanently stain and is safe for all surfaces. Different substances can be diluted with water to reduce their strength.

Consider white vinegar. Combine it with water to clean your floor. The same combination can be used to clean your windows to a streak-free shine. Instead of using paper towels (which create more waste), use a piece of newspaper to wipe the window. You can recycle it when it dries.

Vinegar can be used in conjunction with baking soda to clear clogged drains. Pour a bit of baking soda down the drain and follow it with vinegar to dissolve the crud stuck down there. After about fifteen minutes, flush with hot water.

Use baking soda in your garbage disposal to neutralize odors. For a fresh scent, grind up a lemon peel in the disposal. Shaking baking soda on your carpet before vacuuming will also pull odors from it.

An added tip: Keep any cleaning products, no matter how eco-friendly, out of reach of children in a locked cabinet. You don’t want any accidents.

By making more educated decisions and choosing in favour of more environmentally friendly when ever possible, we can do our part in cleaning up the earth!

3 thoughts on “Easy Eco-Friendly Cleaning

  1. I wanted to avoid isopropyl alcohol, so I bought the cheapest, pure vodka available at my liquor store.  It’s in a plastic bottle–now THAT’S cheap!  It is great for cleaning–use it to clean computer keyboards with cotton swabs.  It’s great on windows (dries quickly) and as an all-purpose cleaner.  Doesn’t leave odours once it dries.Also, check your local health food store for citric acid.  I make dishwasher detergent with citric acid, washing soda, and some soap flakes.  White vinegar in the rinse cycle, and the dishes are cleaner than with expensive commercial detergent!  Use the same detergent to clean sinks, tubs, showers, and toilets.  Different ratios and added borax makes laundry detergent.  I like knowing exactly what is in the cleansers I use.

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