20. July 2009 · Comments Off on Green Cleaning Products: A Life Away From Toxic Threats · Categories: Home Improvement · Tags: , ,

Cleaning is a part of life. We always thought that if our home is sparkling clean it’s much better and more pleasant to live in; but have you noticed changes occurring to your health? You may say that outdoor pollutions caused your illness and weaken your body, but are you sure that it’s the only reason?

Our home contains a lot of cleaning products, products we always use day after day. We use it to clean our dishes, bathrooms, floors and many more. But these products may be the possible cause of our diseases. Why? These manufactured products may contain dangerous and harmful chemicals (toxics),

Now that you know about the manufactured cleaning products you’re using, maybe you’re asking what to use in replacement of your cleaning products.

Natural cleaning products answer all of your cleaning problems. These products contains natural and organic materials that are not harmful yet effective in all cleaning situations. These products will help you reduce of toxics in your homes; also this is more efficient. Why? These natural cleaning products can be brought at low cost.

Another alternative in cleaning is making your own organic cleaning products. This way you can save money and it’s also fun to make (it’s like the olds days in your chemistry subject mixing and experimenting). Ingredients of these homemade cleaning products can be found right there in your cupboards. You heard it right, some can be used alone and some are better when compounded to another.

I’m sure you’re interested about these homemade cleaning products. Here are the list of some recipes and where to use them:

As a replacement for your Air fresheners, all you need are Lemon and Baking soda. Just dissolve baking soda in 2 cups of hot water and add lemon juice. Put it on a spray bottle and now you have it your own air freshener.

Here are some recipes to make you own all purpose cleaner:

1. For general cleaning mix 1 quart of hot water and 4 tablespoon of baking soda, or make a paste of baking soda, warm water, salt and vinegar,

2. Salt and vinegar mixed together makes a good surface cleaner

3. Cleaning floors you can use Liquid Castile Soap mix with borax in different ratios, with water, you can clean floors and counters also sinks and windows.

4. Mix 3 tbsp. vinegar, ? tsp washing soda, ? tsp. vegetable oil based liquid soap and 2 cups of hot water in a spray bottle, you can now apply this on surfaces.

Recipes for disinfectants (germ killers)

1. Plain soap with water can kill bacteria

2. Borax are good disinfectants and deodorizers, just combine ? cup borax in 1 gallon of warm water and now you have a good cleaning solution.

3. Another is borax and 1 gallon of water, soaked with rosemary or lavender and sprigs of fresh thyme (you can add essential oils depending to what kind of smell you want), store in a spray bottle.

4. 2 tablespoons of borax, ? cup lemon juice, 2 cups of warm water, mix them all together in a spray bottle.

Remember that make your cleaning products in advance and buy ingredients needed in bulk. That way you can save your time and money; and always ensure that you label the product you made. Store them in places where your kids won’t be able to reach it. Also, adding essential oils or herbs will add fragrance.

For safer and more comfortable lifestyle, we must be well informed about all the products were using. We must be smart and act fast before it’s too late. Using these natural cleaning products is our main option.

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