Thursday, July 15, 2010

Clean Green (and Save Some Green, Too)


Many people have the best intentions when cleaning their house.  But did you know that while you are making things sanitary, killing germs, and beautifying you are also introducing tons of harsh and toxic chemicals to your home?

There is an easy way to avoid the toxicity, while still getting your home clean.  And it's right in your pantry!

VINEGAR

Simple, white vinegar is a disinfectant, deodorizer, and cleaner that cleans wonderfully.  Vinegar is an acid that kills bacteria, mold and germs.  In fact, numerous studies show that regular old supermarket vinegar ( kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses).

Use pure vinegar in the toilet to get rid of rings.  Use it on kitchen and stove counter tops, bathtubs, sinks, appliances, and the floor.  It eats away soap scum and hard water stains as well.  It is also a good fabric softener- just put 1/2 cup vinegar in place of fabric softener in the wash.  Run vinegar through your coffee maker to deep clean it every few months.  Use it on windows or mirrors for streak-free cleaning and shine.

BAKING SODA

We all know that baking soda is a great deodorizer (who doesn't have an open box in their 'fridge?).  But did you know that it is also a great cleaning scrub?  Use it instead of abrasive (and very harsh) chemical cleaners. 

LEMON JUICE

Lemon juice shines brass, silver and copper.  It dissolves soap scum and hard water deposits.

OLIVE OIL

Yes, it's great for your skin and for cooking, but olive oil also makes a wonderful furniture polish.

SALT

Course salt scrubs pans and baking dishes without leaving chemical residues.

WHITE BREAD

Rub white bread on wallpaper marks to magically "erase" them.

WALNUTS

Rub the meat of a walnut on wood furniture scuffs to mask them.

ESSENTIAL OILS/HERBS

Grapefruit seed extract, tea tree oil, lavender, and clove are great antiseptics and fungicides, and also hide foul odors (put a few drops in cat boxes and baby diaper pails).

2 comments:

Jackie said...

Nice to see you at EYB :)

Useful info, thanks.

Greenearth said...

Very much enjoyed your post and would love to have you join me in my new blog party We Can Wednesday