Saturday, March 19, 2011

Green Cleaning: Safe and Economical

Spring cleaning to protect your health, save the planet and your pocketbook takes a little more patience as well as good old-fashioned elbow grease. Going green when you clean is about creating clean and healthy living spaces while reducing the toxic stress from our chemical-laden environment. Making your own cleaners is better for your health, your family’s health and better on your pocketbook. Plus you have the ultimate pleasure of knowing exactly what is in them.
Lemon has always been known for tackling everyday grime and making your home smell as good as it shines. No need for store bought glass cleaner with a spray bottle and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, ¼ vinegar and 1 liter of water. Shake well and use to get a toxin-free shine on your windows and mirrors.
Free your sinuses from assaults by smelly furniture polish by using 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, ¼ cup olive oil and ¼ cup white distilled vinegar.
Reading labels continues to be the best strategy when store bought is your choice. Diethanolamine (DEA), monoethanolamine, sodium hypochlorite (bleach) are all ingredients you’ll want to avoid. Avoid aerosol products, which may contain carcinogens and neurotoxins that affect your central nervous system and reproductive system. Avoiding ammonia can save you from eye and respiratory irritations. Ammonia has been linked to cataracts as well as kidney and liver damage. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is used as a lathering agent although it is a known skin irritant. If you are up the adventure of homemade, some safer alternatives include:
Baking Soda
Cleans, deodorizes, softens water, scours
Cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper
Shampoo carpets, polish furniture
Isopropyl Alcohol
Excellent disinfectant
White vinegar
Cuts grease, remove mildew, removes some stains and wax

Our total health is a cumulative result of the food that goes in us, what skin products go on us and what our cells and organs absorbs from the world around us. Make your home a green home!

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Health is Heaven in 2011!

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