Thursday, December 10, 2015

Eco-Friendly House Cleaning Tips

Eco-Friendly House Cleaning Tips

 
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Eco-friendly House Cleaning Tips

You've probably heard all about the sources of outdoor pollution, such as factory smokestacks and auto exhaust, but have you ever thought about the items in your home that could be causing indoor pollution? One of the top sources of indoor air pollution is cleaning chemicals. Learning how to clean your home in an all-natural way is not only safer and healthier for you, your kids and your furry friends, but it's also more environmentally friendly.

Benefits of Using Green Cleaning Products

You get a lot back from going green, even if it doesn't seem so at first. There are even more benefits than you think.
First, green cleaning products are quick and easy to make. Their recipes consist of  common and inexpensive ingredients, and the process of making such products doesn't require much of your time and effort.
 
Also, you save on money, as homemade green cleaners are less expensive then those store-bought, and can be used for different purposes. For example, you can use the same homemade cleaner for a variety of needs, including wiping kitchen counters, the bathtub and the floors.
Health issues should be considered as well. While store-bought cleaning products consist of lots of toxins and chemicals, homemade eco-friendly cleaners preserve your family's health, and leave no harmful chemical residues on the surfaces and in the air of your home. Making your own cleaning solutions also helps to protect the environment and support green companies.
In the end, homemade cleaners are just as effective as store-bought cleaners at getting the job done, except they also offer all of these health and safety benefits for your entire family.

Green Cleaning Tips for Your Home

When you use eco-friendly cleaners, you may be surprised at how pleasant cleaning your home can be. The fresh smells of the natural ingredients and the satisfaction of having made the cleaners yourself may give you a new found passion for cleaning.
Be sure to follow our DIY eco-friendly house cleaning tips.

Glass Surfaces

Use lemon juice mixed with water, at a one part lemon juice to ten parts water ratio. You can also use the same ratio of rubbing alcohol and witch hazel. Another option is to mix 1/4 cup vinegar with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray the cleaning solution on the glass surface and wipe it clean with old newspaper or a microfiber cloth.

Metal Work

Use equal parts of salt, vinegar and flour to make a paste. Rub the paste onto the smudged or dirty metal item with a soft cloth that is free of lint. Completely cover object's surface with the paste and let the paste dry out, which will take about an hour. Clean up the dried paste with a clean microfiber cloth. For smaller metal items that are dirty, use a lemon slice dipped in salt and rub it onto the item to remove scuffs and dirt.

Working Surfaces

Use a paste of baking soda and water to scrub dirt off of working surfaces such as your kitchen counters. Make a paste of equal parts of baking soda and water, and rub the paste into the surface with a clean cloth, until the dirt comes off. Wipe dry with a new clean cloth. Baking soda and boiling water also help release a backed up drain that has a grease clog.

Furniture

Combine two parts olive oil with one part lemon juice. Rub the solution in a circular motion onto the surface of the furniture using a soft cloth. This combination of oil and the acid of the lemon juice provides a natural, fresh smell and gives a sparkling shine that enhances the wood's natural grain. In place of harsh bleach, use lemon juice for stains on wood furniture.

Fireplace

To clean soot and smoke smudges on the fireplace bricks, apply a paste made of cream of tartar and water. Use a clean cloth to rub the paste into the stains. Let the paste dry out and then scrub it off with a new cloth.

Floors

Solution of vinegar and water works perfectly when cleaning most types of tile, linoleum and wood floors in your home. Mix one cup of vinegar into one gallon of warm water, and don't bother with rinsing afterwards. Add one tablespoon of lemon juice for a fresh scent.

Disinfection

Make an environmentally friendly toilet bowl cleaner by sprinkling baking soda onto a toilet brush. Shake some borax into the toilet bowl to remove stains instead of using bleach. Cleanse the exterior and seat of the toilet with undiluted white vinegar.
For a stronger disinfectant, mix two teaspoons borax, four tablespoons vinegar, three cups hot water and 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap. Apply it on with a damp cloth or a spray bottle. Wipe the surface clean with a soft cloth.

Indoor Air Quality

Remove air fresheners, as these off-gas harmful chemicals. Instead, make your own potpourri using herbs, spices and fresh or dried flowers. Simmer fresh or dried spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon sticks or vanilla on the stove. Use lavender sachets in the bedroom, or cloths soaked in cinnamon, clove or citrus oils in the living rooms.
Keeping your home green and healthy is easy. Natural cleaners save you money and keep your home safer and healthier. These recipes don't require much time or effort but are effective and eco-friendly.
BIO: Patricia Dimick is a Denver based writer and a passionate coffee drinker. She loves to write about parenting topics and loves DIY projects. When Patricia's not writing or playing table tennis, she usually spends time with her family enjoying nature trips. You can reach her @patricia_dimick.

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