Monday, April 26th, 2010 | Author: admin

Over the past few years the general public has become aware of the growing toxicity of our environment – both indoors and out. One of the contributors to indoor air pollution is the kind of chemicals we release into our atmosphere through the use of chemical cleaning agents. While the consumer can opt to pay a premium for cleaners that are non – toxic, another (and far cheaper) option is to make your own.

There are many advantages using this method -

Saving money – the savings can be dramatic when you make your own;

Cleaner Air – no airborne pollutants are released into your home environment;

Safer for You and Your Pets – pets are often more vulnerable than humans when it comes to toxicity issues involving chemical cleaners;

No waste – there’s no packaging that you wind up throwing out after you’re done.

Listed below are some of the more common household cleaning chores and the non – toxic cleaning solutions that you can make yourself:

Stains on your Carpet – club soda works well on these.

Removal of Mold – use Borax both on the area affected as well as the surrounding areas, and also place that might be at risk for mold development.

Cleaning the Sink – use baking soda and water.

Polishing Furniture
– mix ¾ cup of olive oil and ¼ cup vinegar, or if you don’t like the smell of vinegar, substitute lemon juice instead. Use a soft cloth with the solution to clean your furniture.

All – Purpose Cleaner
– when in doubt, use hot water.While there are some commercial home steamers that can do the same job, in a pinch you can always clean with hot water from your tap and using a mop and/or a sponge.  

Rust on Metal Surfaces – mix a tablespoon of lemon juice with two tablespoons of salt.

Toilet Bowl – hard to believe, but just sprinkling lemon juice and some baking soda usually does the trick. Let it sit for awhile, then come back and use a toilet brush.

Deodorizing your Carpet – again, use baking soda and sprinkle it across the carpeting. If you prefer, you may add basil to the mix. Wait up to an hour, then vacuum thoroughly.  

Nasty Kitchen Odors – use a disposable pie pan and sprinkle some nutmeg, cinnamon and a pinch of orange essential oil. Put the pan inside your oven (provided it’s still warm from the cooking), and let it sit there until it cools completely.

Hate Cleaning your Oven in the First Place? – line the inside and the bottom with aluminum foil. That way any spills will be prevented from reaching the hard surfaces in the first place.

Polishing your Silver – your grandmother probably knows about this one. You use common toothpaste to rub your silver, then rinse it thoroughly with water.

Cleaning your Microwave – put a bowl of water with around 20 drops of tea tree oil and heat it up for around two minute’s time. Then use a clean cloth to wipe down the insides.

Waxing your Floors – use equal parts of vinegar and olive oil; you only need to put down a thin layer and then rub.

Cleaning your Sink – use a solution of water and baking soda.

Clean your Drains – avoid the temptation to use chemical drain cleaners; they rarely work, and their toxicity levels are off the charts. Instead, try a cup of baking soda mixed with a cup of vinegar and pour it down the drain. Wait about 10 minutes, then pour a full teapot of boiling water down the drain while flushing it at the same time. If that doesn’t work, then buy a snake or use a plumber.     

Clean your Indoor Air – light an organic candle or burn incense; you can also buy a small essential oil diffuser and put in essential oils such as orange or spices like lavender. You can also buy an air filter using Hepa technology to help keep your home’s air toxic – free.  

In short, don’t feel overwhelmed in trying to rid your home of toxic chemicals. All it takes is a little ingenuity and you’ll soon be well on your way towards living a healthier lifestyle.   

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