Breathe Easier By Green Cleaning!
Levels of pollutants in indoor air can be from 2 to 100 times greater then outdoors, but green cleaning can reduce those levels for a healthier and safer environment.
We'll show you simple and economical solutions by making your own homemade cleaners out of everyday household items. We'll also provide you with information on products currently on the market which are non-toxic and give you our recommendations on which ones we think will do the best job!
By green cleaning, not only will you increase your air quality, but the dangerous poisons found in your current products will no longer be accessible to your children or your pets, creating a much safer environment.
With a little resourcefulness you'll find that you can create a healthier, safer and happier home for you and your family!
Creative CleaningCommon kitchen ingredients and household appliances have so many uses that you can't imagine. Everything you need for a clean, non-toxic house is probably already in your home. I know they were in my grandma's home and probably yours too! So go ahead and get green cleaning
Try these common household items for your green cleaning:
- Deodorize sinks by pouring baking soda and boiling water down the sink.
- Sprinkle on carpets and vacuum up to deodorize.
- Use baking soda on a damp sponge for kitchen and bathroom scouring.
- Put 3 cups of hot water, 3 teaspoons of salt and 3 teaspoons of baking soda in an aluminum pan. Put your tarnished silver in for a few minutes, rinse and wipe with a dry cloth. Very tarnished silver may take a few tries. If you have larger items put aluminum foil in your sink and add a teaspoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of salt to every cup of hot water.
- Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of burned pans and moisten it with a little water and vinegar. Wait several hours and peel the burned crust off.
- Open containers of coffee will deodorize your car from smoke smells.
- Deodorize your freezer by leaving an open cup of coffee grounds in your freezer overnight.
- Mayonnaise will remove pine pitch, tree sap, grease or tar from your hands or car. Just rub it on the sticky spot, wait a few minutes and wipe off.
- Rub mayonnaise on crayon marks on wooden furniture, let sit for a minute and then wipe off with a damp cloth.
- For removing chewing gum from hair, rub mayonnaise into hair and rub between fingers. Gently remove with a paper towel.
- For removing small burns from wood furniture, rub mayo into the stain, let sit and wipe with a soft cloth.
- Use ketchup to polish copper or brass.
- Remove oil paint from your hands by rubbing them with butter (real butter, not margarine).
Vinegar has so many uses that I would have to say it's the number one non-toxic cleaner. Here are just a few:
- Wash your windows by using 10 parts vinegar to 1 part water. Put in a spray bottle. Tip: Don't clean windows while the sun is shining. It makes streaks.
- Wipe out mildew by spraying with a vinegar and water solution and then wiping right off.
If you don't have time to make your own green cleaning products, or you would just rather purchase them, there are several organic and non-toxic cleaners on the market. Our favorite is Seventh Generation. It's pretty easy to find either at your local market, health food store or online. Another eco-friendly product that we've tried is Ecover.
In this section we'll provide you with a list of eco-friendly product lines as well as the easiest way to find them. Of course we haven't tried every single one, but can provide some insight on the ingredients. You'll also find links on this page to some products that you can purchase right online. Happy green cleaning!
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