It is no secret that household cleaning products are loaded with harmful chemicals. Some of these chemicals are harmful not only when they are being used, but also in the long run.
With about 1 in 3 people suffering from various allergies and respiratory conditions, opting for greener, less harmful options for cleaning is a great way to stay safe and to keep the environment safe.
Going green is not expensive when it comes to cleaning products. There is a wide range of readily available environmentally safe products that can be used alone or combined in various cleaning situations.
For instance, baking soda is great for deodorizing while lemon is a natural anti-bacterial. White vinegar cuts through grease, cleans mildew, stains and removes odors in the process. Borax or Sodium Borate is a great choice for cleaning wall paper, floors, painted walls, disinfecting and deodorizing. Cornstarch is another popular choice for cleaning windows, polishing furniture and as a shampoo for rugs and carpets.
You can also combine various household ingredients to create effective cleaning products with little or no impact on the environment. For instance, you can create a great all-purpose cleaner by mixing half a cup of vinegar, a quarter cup of baking soda and about 2 gallons of water. This mixture can be stored to use when you need and can effectively remove water deposit stains often found on shower stall panels, bathroom fixtures and mirrors.
Mold loves to grow on damp places such as bathroom tile grout. This is not only unsightly, but also a health hazard. By mixing one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts water and spraying on moldy areas, you can get them sparkling clean again. Be sure to wait about one hour before rinsing off the liquid.
Carpet stains can be a nightmare and may require professional aid in some cases. If you want an eco-friendly solution, try mixing water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray directly on to the stain. Then, let it sit for a few minutes and scrub away with warm soapy water. Even fresh grease stains can be removed by sprinkling corn starch about 30 minutes before vacuuming. If you require something with more power, you can mix salt, vinegar and borax in equal amounts to create a paste. Rub this paste on to the carpet and vacuum after a few hours.
Aside from mold and stains, you can also create good furniture polish with water and lemon oil to create a fragrant wood polish.
An all-natural window cleaner can be made with two teaspoons of white vinegar diluted in 1 liter of warm water. You can use crumpled up newspaper or a cotton cloth to clean the windows.