Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Green Cleaning

As the end of winter is (hopefully) in sight, many of us are starting to think about spring cleaning.  But before you start to dive in, take a few moments to look at the products you've been using. Studies have shown that indoor air has more pollutants than outdoor air. For most of us, that's where we spend the majority of our time. The chemicals found in conventional cleaners can trigger allergies and asthma symptoms. These irritants are behind our headaches and fatigue. They can cause reproductive issues and can be fatal if ingested. Children are especially susceptible to these carcinogens. They even affect our beloved pets! Take a moment to examine the products you own. Is there a "DANGER" or "WARNING" on the bottle? If so, get rid of them!

There are "green" cleaners readily available in stores that do not contain harmful chemicals. A few good brands are:
  • Method
  • Seventh Generation
  • Meyers

Another alternative is to make your own cleaners. All you need are a few products that you probably already own and some spray bottles. You'll save money and your well being!

Vinegar: natural de-greaser, kills viruses and bacteria
Baking Soda: removes odors, excellent at scouring and scrubbing
Lemon: antibacterial, removes odors

Simple Cleaner & Disinfectant
2 cups Water
1/2 cup White Vinegar
Mix together in a spray bottle.After spraying on a hard surface, let sit for at least 10 minutes to kill germs.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
1/2 cup Baking Soda
Pour into bowl and let sit for 30 minutes. Scrub with a brush and flush.

Furniture Polish
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
Mix well and wipe with a soft cloth.

Whether you decide to make your own cleaners or buy green ones from the store, replacing the toxic, chemical filled ones you already own will improve your life and your loved ones!

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