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Look to the Pantry for Non-Toxic Cleaning Power

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Living a simpler, more healthful life is the goal for many families today and eliminating the use of harsh chemicals and toxic ingredients from their home environment is a great way to accomplish this. If you would like to live in a naturally clean, fresh home, but aren’t sure where to begin, you can start by taking a short walk to your pantry or kitchen cupboard.

Basic Pantry Ingredients Have Provided Safe Cleaning Power for Generations

Our great-grandmothers did not have shelf after shelf of commercial cleaning products to choose from when they shopped, nor did they have the funds to purchase a product for each type of cleaning chore they needed to do. Instead, they opted for basic, economical ingredients that could be used in many different ways around the home. The cleaning needs of today can actually be handled just as effectively. Here are four of these very versatile ingredients and some information to help you get the best results from their use.

Baking Soda

Much more than just a rising agent for baked goods, baking soda is an inexpensive cleaning and freshening agent for many uses in the home, including:

  • A carpet freshener – just sprinkle onto carpets, allow to sit for a few hours or overnight and then vacuum off to refresh carpets and help remove odors
  • A safe cleanser for tile, porcelain, sinks and counters – sprinkle some on a damp sponge, scour and rinse to remove stains, odors and stubborn dirt
  • A polish for silver – make a paste of 3 parts baking soda and one part water and use to polish silver, then rinse and dry thoroughly
  • A laundry freshener – add one-quarter cup of baking soda per load to get cleaner, fresher laundry

Lemon Juice

Whether you use fresh lemons or bottled lemon juice, it has the power to:

  • Freshen the microwave – add one cup of water and two tablespoons of lemon juice to a microwavable glass cup or bowl, microwave on high until it boils and then turn it off and leave it inside the appliance for at least ten minutes to steam clean the interior before opening the door and wiping the interior clean with a soft dry cloth
  • Use 7 parts water and 1 part lemon juice to make a cleansing spray – use the spray to clean and sanitize glass, counters, and mirrors, as well as sinks, to remove grime and leave a lemony-clean scent

Washing Soda

Washing soda is found in the laundry section of most grocery stores and was once a staple in most homes. It comes in a large box that makes it very economical to use. This highly alkaline substance can help with cleaning tasks by:

  • Adding 1/4 cup to each load of laundry to boost detergent action
  • Adding 1/2 cup to a gallon of warm water to make a powerful, yet safe cleaner for floors and walls

Distilled White Vinegar

Most of us already have a bottle of distilled white vinegar on hand to use in recipes, but this tangy liquid is also a wonderful cleaning and freshening agent.
Use distilled white vinegar to:

  • Wipe window and door sills clean to remove much and stains and discourage insect activity
  • Use at 50/50 concentration with water as a spray to remove grease, clean glass, mirrors and sanitize cutting boards and food prep areas

If you have doubts about whether these cheap, readily available ingredients can handle tough cleaning tasks, consider scheduling an eco-friendly cleaning company, like Mopfrog of The Hamptons to come clean your home. Their all-natural cleaning methods have convinced thousands of customers that a natural clean is a healthy clean.

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How Safe Are Your Cleaning Products?

green-cleaning-spray-bottlesMany popular mass-marketed cleaning products use persuasive language that promises consumers a more sanitary, more healthful home by choosing their product. While it may be true that their chemical composition will kill germs and bacteria, the potentially harmful effects of exposure to these chemicals may not be mentioned. In addition, many of these harmful chemicals have unfamiliar, hard to pronounce names that consumers may not recognize when reading the ingredient list.

The Who, What and Where of Potentially Harmful Cleaning Ingredients

This list focuses on helping consumers become more familiar with the chemical names of these harmful substances, as well as understand what problems they can cause and what type of cleaning product may contain them.

Ammonia (Azane)

This chemical has been used for cleaning for generations. Mass-produced and cheap, ammonia is found in many major brands of kitchen and glass cleaners, paint strippers, polishes, fertilizers, pesticides and adhesive removers.

The bad news is that ammonia is now known to irritate the respiratory tract, eyes and skin of those that are exposed to its fumes. To avoid the dangers of ammonia, consumers can opt to use the household staple, white vinegar, as an extremely effective substitute.

Bleach (Sodium Hypochlorite)

Similar to ammonia, bleach has been a household staple for decades. Bleach is found as a stand-alone product, as well as an ingredient in many detergents and laundry aids, automatic dishwashing products and disinfectant cleaners.

Bleach can cause severe skin and eye irritation, as well as respirator problems. More importantly, if accidentally mixed with other cleaning solutions, such as ammonia, it can emit poisonous gasses that are potentially fatal.

Today, households should banish bleach and replace with effective, natural solutions. Due to their antimicrobial properties, distilled white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are both great substitutes for sanitizing. Hydrogen is also an effective whitener and can brighten your whites. Similarly, lemon juice can also provide a natural option for brightening laundry and removing stubborn stains.

Glycol Ethers (Ethylene Glycol Mon-Butyl Ether, EGBE, or 2_Butoxyethanol)

Many of the air freshening spray and mist products available today contain some form of glycol ethers, as well as popular glass cleaners, oven cleaners and spot removal products. Exposure to glycol ethers is now thought to cause serious health issues, like liver and kidney damage, as well as symptoms such as lethargy, nausea and fatigue.

Consumers may want to consider replacing any products that contain any form of glycol ethers with safe, natural and effective choices, such as white vinegar combined with essential oils to combat those tough cleaning jobs.

Lye (Sodium Hydroxide)

A common ingredient in household soaps, solvents, floor strippers, drain cleaners, oven cleaners and polishes, sodium hydroxide can actually cause poisoning when absorbed through the skin, inhaled or ingested. Additionally, the fumes from this chemical can irritate the eyes, respiratory tract and skin, when it is used without proper ventilation or protective clothing.

Consumers who want to avoid the dangers of exposure to sodium hydroxide can choose safe, natural alternatives such as vinegar, salt, lemon juice and baking soda to effectively clean and freshen drains, clean greasy ovens and even polish metals.

Opting For Health

These are just a few of the many chemicals commonly used in cleaning products sold today, as well as those used by the conventional cleaning industry. Consumers can lessen their risk to these and other chemicals by choosing natural cleaning agents and methods for their own homes, and by choosing professional cleaning services, like Mopfrog of South Milwaukee, who also embrace natural, more healthful cleaning options.

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Eliminate Mold & Mildew with Non-toxic Ingredients!

Mold and mildew are unavoidable in high humidity parts of the home, due mainly to the rapid pace at which they grow. However, regular cleaning with non-toxic ingredients can help keep these black growths at bay. Instead of reaching for bleach or toxic scrubbing solutions, reach for green products, such hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and baking soda instead. To protect your health, it’s best to put on disposable gloves and a mask to avoid breathing in any of the mold or mildew spores.

Vinegar

Vinegar is a safe and powerful, all natural cleaning solution. Although vinegar has multiple uses in the home, it is an effective mold and bacteria killer. For best results, apply it directly to any mold-infected surface using a spray bottle for easy application. Don’t dilute the vinegar with water, as the full strength is needed to be most effective. Let the vinegar sit until it is dry for the best results. Then, scrub the area with a microfiber to remove any remaining discoloration. If you find the scent of vinegar repugnant, add essential oils that have antimicrobial properties, such as lavender, lemon or tea tree. Vinegar also works well as a daily shower spray to prevent the onset and growth of mold and mildew.

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Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is the perfect natural alternative for killing mold and mildew, as well as removing stains, especially tile grout. This sanitizer has a mild bleaching effect, so it should not be used on colored objects. Opt for a 3 percent solution of hydrogen peroxide for best results. Simply pour the hydrogen peroxide on the area and let it sit for an hour before wiping it off. After letting it sit, scrub the grout with a toothbrush and then rinse clean with warm water.

Baking Soda

Baking soda works well as an abrasive to remove mold and mildew spores. Combine a small amount with either vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to scrub away mold and mildew stains while simultaneously eradicating the spores. This works particularly well on tubs and showers that need a little more elbow grease.

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