Green House Cleaning Products

Does anyone know what is in the cleaning products we use in our home? Chemicals that are not only bad for you, but also the earth. They’ve had their day in the news with the global warming debate raging. An added disadvantage is the cost, with the average price of commercial cleaning products continuing to rise.

There are ways you can ease your wallet and continue to keep your home clean in a more earth friendly way. No fancy recipes involved, you only need products that you probably already have hanging around your kitchen cabinets.

For a great all purpose cleaner, pick up a spray bottle at the local Dollar Store and add a half-cup baking soda and enough water to dissolve the soda. Slowly add a cup of white vinegar and let it fizz for a bit, then top off your bottle with more water. Allow it to sit overnight. The next morning you can shake it up when you’re ready to start cleaning. When the fizzing is done, it will be ready to use.

If you need an all-purpose cleaner that can cut grease, use the above recipe and also add a teaspoon of dish detergent. Ok, so the dish detergent is a commercial product, but it’s still considerably less than the average household will use!

Need to get those fingerprints off the windows? Mix warm water, one-cup vinegar and two capfuls of ammonia. Do NOT inhale! Keep this mixture away from children and pets, it’s a potent one, but works great!

When you need a good commode cleaning, pour two cups baking soda into the bowl and scrub. Flush when done. Pour two cups vinegar directly into the toilet and swish it around, flush again. Use this on a regular basis to clean, but use caution if you have a clog, you might have Old Faithful in the bathroom, and chances are you’d be wearing whatever clogged your toilet.

Carpet cleaning and deodorizing has never been more eco-friendly than sprinkling baking soda over the carpet and letting it set. The longer you wait, the better the results you’ll see. Grinding it into the carpet is also an option, vacuum as usual when you’re ready, after allowing it to work it’s magic.

To polish your stainless steel and fixtures, use simple vinegar and a cheesecloth- it works wonders without the toxic fumes!

For a great furniture polish, mix two parts lemon juice to one part plain olive oil in a bottle. To scent your furniture, you can try adding a few drops of essential oils. Keep the mixture in the refrigerator, and discard in two to three weeks. This does not have a long shelf life.

Cleaning your tiles is easy by simply mixing equal parts baking soda and warm water. Scrub into tiles and clean with the all-purpose solution mentioned above.

None of the ingredients needed to make these cleaners will cost very much. With a little bit of creativity and some elbow grease, you can keep your home shiny and virtually chemical free. You can have peace of mind, knowing you’re providing a healthier environment for your family!

Ann Safford

Ann is a writer who lives in Massachusetts with her husband, three children and a multitude of pets including her dog, two cats, a horse and six chickens.She enjoys writing about natural living, simple lifestyles and frugal living.Her hobbies include spending time with her family, horseback riding and gardening.

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