Two weeks ago, we gave you 10 tips to living green with your skin care. This post will highlight 10 ways to green your house cleaning. The chemicals and dangerous toxins that are in the products you use every week to clean your house are damaging the health or you and your family. There are ways to clean without using harsh chemicals that are just as effective, cheaper and often do a better job at keeping your house in tip top shape.
1) To cut grease in the kitchen, sprinkle borax or baking soda on a sponge and scrub away. To clean your outdoor grill, use salt.
2) Warm water and vinegar make an effective tile or linoleum floor cleaner. Add a few drops of lemon essential oil for a fresh clean scent.
3) Clean windows and glass with a 50:50 mix of vinegar and water.
4) The vinegar and water mix will also get rid of mildew in the shower.
5) To clean toilets, place 1/4 cup of borax in the bowl and let set overnight. Scrub in the morning, using more borax if needed.
7) Mix 1 teaspoon borax and 1/4 cup vinegar with a quart of water and place in a spray bottle to use as an all purpose cleaner. It works great on counter tops, floors, walls, carpets and upholstery.
8.) If you have a clogged drain, dissolve 1 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar in boiling water and pour down the drain. The effervescence of the baking soda and vinegar should clear the clog.
9) Equal parts olive oil, lemon juice and vinegar can be used as a furniture polish. Just be sure to shake well before use.
10) 2 teaspoons of borax and 15 drops of tea tree oil in a cup of water makes a very effective disinfectant spray. It will kill germs without harming the environment or contributing to disease resistant bacteria.
The EPA has determined that indoor pollution levels can be 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels. A big contributor to indoor pollution is cleaning products. For the safety of your family, consider switching to all natural alternatives to clean your house.