Many household cleaners are harsh and toxic. Fortunately, there are safe and natural alternatives.
Keep reading to learn about these green cleaning tips and how to clean your home the safe, natural, and inexpensive way.
Is cleaning your home jeopardizing your health? The Environmental Protection Agency urges consumers to carefully choose household cleaning products for their homes. Studies have shown that indoor levels of pollutants (like formaldehyde, chloroform, and styrene) can be significantly higher than outdoor levels, and chemical-based cleaning products may be to blame. The EPA also reports that many people exposed to these products experience bothersome symptoms including eye irritation, dizziness, fatigue, wheezing, coughing, asthma attacks, and respiratory infections. Safer Choices-EPA
The good news is that you don’t have to choose between keeping your home clean and your family safe. Follow the steps below to enjoy a sparkling clean home that is safe and comfortable to live in.
Stop dirt before it enters your home. There are simple ways to minimize the amount of cleaning you need to do in your home:
- use doormats outside and inside all entrances
- ask family and guests to remove footwear upon entering your home
- sweep, vacuum, and mop on a regular basis so dirt does not build up
- wipe your pets’ paws every time they enter your home from outdoors
Clean your home with these green cleaning tips-natural and effective products. You can have a clean home without using toxic chemicals that are harmful to you and the environment. Try these natural, inexpensive, and powerful cleaners.
baking soda–This product has so many uses. Sprinkle on surfaces and wipe with a damp cloth or sponge. Make a paste with water to clean bathroom tile, kitchen countertops, stainless steel sinks, and appliances. It also neutralizes odors, removes rust, and softens fabrics in the washing machine.
lemons—Lemons are natural cleaners. Use lemons to dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits, remove grease, and disinfect countertops. Also cleans and shines brass and copper. Lemon oil is a great furniture polish.
white vinegar–This is another product with so many uses. Vinegar cuts grease and soap scum. For a disinfectant and deodorizer, mix equal parts water and vinegar. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to your washing machine’s rinse cycle instead of fabric softener. It dissloves mineral deposits from coffeemakers, cleans stainless steel and glass, and can be used to polish brass and bronze. It also removes rust from iron and steel.
hydrogen peroxide–Made of hydrogen and oxygen, this product has a number of household uses. It removes blood stains. When mixed with baking soda and liquid soap, it will neutralize skunk odor. Use it to remove mildew, clean grout, replace bleach in the washing machine, and safely sanitize fruits and vegetables.
olive oil—Combine olive oil and lemon juice to make a gentle furniture polish. Use olive oil to buff stainless steel and brass. It also makes a great leather conditioner.
Use natural products to make your home smell great. Essential oils like lavender and lemongrass are a safe and effective way to make your home smell naturally clean and fresh. Fresh cinnamon or lemon peels placed in a pot of simmering water also smell amazing.