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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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Safer Cleaning For Your Canine

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There’s a reason why dogs are commonly referred to as “man’s best friend” – they have proven themselves to be loyal, loving and understanding members of the family. While wagging tails and playful grins greet us when we return home, unfortunately, dogs can also be a bit of a handful to clean up after. Whether it is tracking in dirt and mud into the house or a less than sweet smelling surprise left on the carpet, when cleaning your home with a dog present, it’s always important to make sure that you’re using the right types of products. Not only for the purposes of effectiveness, but also to make sure that you aren’t harming your furry little friend through dangerous and toxic chemicals.

One of the absolute best products that you can use for safer cleaning for your four-legged companion is baking soda. This is an ideal solution for a number of reasons. For starters, baking soda is recognized as one of the best all-natural cleaning ingredients. It’s great at absorbing odors (like the kind your dog is likely to leave behind, such as urine odor or other animal smells). If you need to remove pet accident scents, for example, you can sprinkle the baking soda directly onto the affected area and vacuum it up thirty minutes later. Baking soda is also mildly abrasive, which makes it a versatile cleaning agent. You can combine baking soda with water to create toothpaste to brush your canine’s teeth once or twice or week or mix with equal parts warm water and salt, allowing you to create a paste that is great for scrubbing out dog dishes.

Another wonderful ingredient to make use of for safer cleaning around your dog is to make an all-purpose cleaner with vinegar. If you’re not a fan of the way vinegar smells, add essential oils, such as lavender or lemon for a fresher scent. Due to its antimicrobial properties, vinegar is a great green cleaning solution for your animal’s grooming tools, toys and more.

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Green Cleaning Tips for Granite and Quartz Counter Tops

When you begin making an effort to use more environmentally friendly and “green” cleaning methods in your home, there are still a number of important things that you need to keep in mind. Not only are green techniques safer for the environment and ultimately easier on your wallet, they can also be just as useful as traditional methods. The thing that you have to take into consideration, however, has to do with exactly what it is that you’re cleaning. If you’ve got granite counter tops in your kitchen or bathroom, for example, you can’t just use any old cleaning product. Using the wrong product at best will not get your counter tops as clean as they need to be and, at worst, could severely and irreparably damage them.

Cleaning The Kitchen

Due to its antimicrobial properties, one of the best options to use for cleaning granite and quartz counter tops, especially food preparation areas, is a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide. This is the same type of hydrogen peroxide that you can buy at any grocery store or drug store for commonly disinfecting wounds. Spritz the counters and let sit for a few moments in order to help sanitize the surfaces, as well as loosen up dirt and grime. Use use a clean, dry cloth to wipe up the hydrogen peroxide and get those counters looking as good as new again.

Another great green cleaning method that you can use to clean your granite or quartz counter tops is vinegar. For general cleaning purposes, white vinegar is the way to go. If this staple item isn’t already in your pantry or kitchen cupboard, you can easily purchase a bottle or jug on your next shopping trip the grocery store.

Finally, baking soda is a great way to naturally cut through grease, stuck on food or harder stains that may be on your counter tops that other green cleaning methods are not abrasive enough to overcome. In combination with the vinegar, use a microfiber cloth to eliminate the gunk and leave your granite or quartz counter tops sparkling.

If you already clean with these natural ingredients, but want to give your arms a rest, hire an eco-friendly cleaning company to professionally rid your home of dust and dirt without the use of harmful toxins. 

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