Green cleaning safe for children and pets!

Green cleaning safe for children and pets!

Why use natural cleaning products?

When you have cleaning done regularly at home, it’s important to be aware of the effects of the cleaning products used. Modern products of today are chemical-based, and the costs of using them in your home could be high. The average person spends 87% to 90% of their life indoors. That means indoor air quality can be detriment to your family’s health. According to the EPA, our indoor environment is two to five times more toxic than our outdoor environment, and in some cases, the air measurements indoors have been found to be 100 times more polluted. Additionally, 80% of all cancers are attributed to environmental rather than genetic factors, including exposure to carcinogenic chemicals, many of which are found in household cleaning products. For example, cleansers contain high amounts of ethers and terpenes that interact with ozone to create a poisonous compounds. These products could be causing nausea, fatigue, fever, forgetfulness, headaches, irritability,  and many other symptoms you’re having. Isn’t it high time you started using natural, green cleaning products safe for you children and pets?

Natural alternatives

Listed are natural alternatives you can use in place of chemical-based household cleaners. They are easy to use, and safe around pregnant women, children, and pets. You can use them in combination for various household cleaning applications you would like to try. Remember to be careful, and read product safety before using!

Baking Soda

Is a cleaner’s natural cleaning best-friend! Pairs it up with water,
vinegar and citrus fruits, and you’ll be able to clean almost anything
in your home. It scours, cleans, softens water,  and removes odor.

 

 

 

 

Lemon

Lemon and other citrus fruits have the strongest acids.
It is effective against most household bacteria.
It also freshens and adds pleasant fragrance to your home.

 

 

 

 

Borax

Also known as sodium borate has many uses and may cleaning properties.
Although it is a little difficult to find, Borax is a laundry booster,
can kill insects, clean and bleach, 
and can also soften water.

 

 

 

 

White Vinegar

Vinegar is a famous, trusted effective non-toxic natural cleaning alternative!
It is inexpensive and often at hand and already available to you in your own home.
It cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.

 

 

 

 

Cornstarch

Another multi-talented household cleaner. It is inexpensive, easy to find
in your own kitchen. Cornstarch can be used to clean windows, polish furniture,
shampoo carpets and rugs. It can also be used to clean stuffed-toys, polish
silverware, and deodorize smelly shoes!

 

 

 

 

Citrus Solvent

Orange is versatile 100% D-limonene citrus solvent with  a 1000 different ways to use it!
It decloggers, deodorizers, grease cutters that are concentrated, economically priced,
environmentally safe, ecology friendly, and biodegradable.

 

 


Remember SAFETY-FIRST! Read about safety before using these items to avoid skin irritation
and other hazards they might cause on your body!


Cleaning Solutions

Now that you know their uses, you can combine them in order to create effective household cleaners! The formulas will
provide less harmful effects to that of modern expensive chemical-based cleaners. Here are a few tips to green cleaning:

Freshen up Air

  • BAKING SODA / VINEGAR + LEMON JUICE  in small open containers: absorb odors and add a light pleasant scent.
  • Simmer 1 tbsp VINEGAR in 1 cup Water while cooking: prevent cooking odors.
  • Wipe with VINEGAR and wash with SOAP: Remove fish odors from utensils, pots and lids.
  • Grind LEMON RINDS into the garbage disposal: Deodorize and freshen up sink/ garbage disposal.

All-purpose Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup VINEGAR + 1/4 cup BAKING SODA + 2 liter WATER: Removal of stains
  • 1/2 cup VINEGAR + 2 tsp BORAX + 2 L WATER: Removal of stains
  • Citrus-based all-purpose cleaner

Carpet Stains

  • WHITE VINEGAR + WATER in spray bottle: Apply on stain, let settle and brush with warm soapy water.
  • CORNSTARCH: Sprinkle on fresh grease spots, let sit for 15-30 minutes before vacuuming.
  • Equal parts SALT + BORAX + VINEGAR: Heavy Duty purposes. Apply paste on stain, let sit for a few hours, vacuum.

Chopping block cleaner

  • Slice of LEMON: Apply on surface to naturally disinfect, deodorize and freshen up.
  • LEMON JUICE: Let sit on surface for 10 minutes, and wipe.

Coffee and tea stains

  • VINEGAR on sponge: Wipe on cup to remove stains.
  • 2 cups WATER + 1/4 cup VINEGAR: Boil mixture in coffee maker or tea kettle. Let it cool, and wipe with clean cloth,
    rinse thoroughly.

Disinfectant

  • 2 tsp BORAX + 4 tbsp VINEGAR + 3 cups HOT WATER

Drain Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup SALT + 4 liters WATER: Heat the solution, but do not boil. Pour solution down the drain.
  • Equal parts BAKING SODA + VINEGAR: Pour down the drain. Let sit for 15 minutes, follow with boiling water to clean residue.
    (Only for metal pipes, do not use for plastic pipes. Also do not mix vinegar with commercial drain opener)

Floor Cleaner and Polish

  • Equal parts VEGETABLE OIL + VINEGAR: Rub well on wooden floors.
  • 1 tsp WASHING SODA + 4 liters HOT WATER: for Painted Wooden floors.
  • 1 cup VINEGAR + 4 liters WATER: Bricks and Stone Tiles.
  • 1 cup VINEGAR + a few drops of BABY OIL in 4 liters WARM WATER: Vinyl and Linoleum.

Furniture Polish

  • A few drops of LEMON OIL + 1/2 cup WARM WATER: For varnished wood. Mix in a spray bottle, spray on soft fabric, and wipe on furniture.
  • 2 tsp each of OLIVE OIL + LEMON JUICE: Unvarnished wood. Apply mixture on soft cotton cloth, wring on surface,
    and wipe to distribute oil for wide coverage.

 

 

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