Sunday, January 9, 2011

Go Green- Cleaning

Go Green!

This year I decieded to make a resolution that I could stay true to...
Going Green!
What a better cause than our earth? Every SUNday I will be posting a new article on going green and hopefully you will get some helpful tidbits out of it!
This week is about cleaning products. Those toxic treasures that most everyone swears by... well not this little girl... not any more!
Here are some simple ways to use every day items for cleaning.

What's Behind the Shine?

Everyone likes a clean home, but few of us like the chore of cleaning. Even worse, we often rely on a cocktail of hazardous substances to make our bathrooms sparkle or our floors shine. Dishwashing detergents often contain phosphates that pollute the groundwater; wood polish generally contains flammable toxins like nitrobenzene; and laundry detergent may contain bleach and other corrosives. We lock these compounds away in closets or under the sink to keep them from our children—but we often don't consider what they may be doing to our own bodies.
Even as they help us pick up dirt and dust, many modern cleaners irritate our skin, eyes, and lungs. They can also leave toxic residues or pollute the water when we rinse them down the drain. But keeping our homes clean and avoiding toxic cleaners don't have to be mutually exclusive. Several companies now produce “green” cleaners that avoid ingredients that are toxic or don't biodegrade. Green cleaners can also be made from a range of safer substances we might already have around the house.

Simple Things You Can Do
*Stock up on a few safe, simple ingredients that can be used in most cleaning situations. Soap, water, baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, borax, and a coarse scrubbing sponge can take care of most household cleaning needs.
*Instead of using a standard drain cleaner, which likely contains lye, hydrochloric acid, and sulfuric acid, try pouring a quarter cup of baking soda down the clogged drain, followed by a half cup of vinegar. Close the drain tightly until fizzing stops, then flush with boiling water.
*For an effective glass cleaner, use a mixture of half white vinegar and half water.
*Baking soda and cornstarch are both good carpet deodorizers.
*To clean up mildew and mold, use a mixture of lemon juice or white vinegar and salt.
*A paste of baking soda, salt, and hot water makes a great oven cleaner.
*In the rare instance you need to use a hazardous product, use as little as possible and dispose of it in a way that will cause minimum harm—for example, by bringing it to a hazardous waste recycling or treatment center.

Challenge Yourself and Others
Get friends together for an Earth-friendly spring cleaning day. As part of this, replace your conventional cleaning products with items that are biodegradable and safe for children and pets. These products are available at natural foods stores, online, or through catalogues.

I found these helpful cleaning tips at and tomorrow... I will be going through my cleaning products!

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