Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Green Cleaning

Since I have been taking these ethics and philosophy courses in Science and environment, I have learned lots of new things that I don't like.
One of them, is the chemicals that we have in all of our household cleaners.
All of them are asthma irritants or may trigger asthma.
they also irritate the skin, eyes and nose.... and much more.

So what should we do?

Basic Household cleaners:

Vinegar - for general cleaning- mix equal parts of water and vinegar
For Toilet bowels, add equal parts vinegar and baking soda to the bowl water. Let stand and scrub.

For fabric softening-add 1/2 cup white vinegar to the final rinse

For window cleaning-1/4 cup vinegar and 2 cups water.

Hydrogen peroxide removes stains and is a safe alternative.
Can be used "straight" on white fabrics, or mixed with equal parts water for a laundary bleach alternative.

Lemons/lemon juice- bleaching and disinfecting for bathroom or kitchen surfaces

Olive oil-alone or with lemon juice for polishing furniture or cleaning stainless steel

Potatoes-raw, halved to remove rust from bakeware

Sunlight- natural disinfectant

Vinegar- removes grease, stains, soap scum. Mix with water for carpet stain and odor removal. Use straight or diluted.

Baking soda- for general cleaning combine equal parts of water and baking soda. To make a paste for stain removal, add double the amount of baking soda.

For drain cleaning-pour 1 cup baking soda in drain, let stand for 5 minutes and flush with hot water.

Lemon juice/lemons- use "straight" on cutting boards to disinfect.

For fruit and vegetable wash to remove waxes and chemicals, dilute juice with equal parts water, soak food, wash and rinse well.

Can be mixed with baking soda or vinegar recipes for extra cleaning and deodorizing.


misscassiecass said...

wait til you take a nutrition class! just think of all that nasty stuff we eat! ick

carmen said...

Thanks for the great tips! Now following, found you throught the rosebud network.