A clean home is a healthy home – or is it? Statistics show that the average home is wrought with residue from thousands of chemicals. This can not only eat away at your furniture surfaces and grout, it can cause all sorts of medical issues for your family and pets.
After reading the labels on bottles of bleach, shower cleaners, and even laundry detergent; I learned that what I was putting around my house was just not safe. All these harsh chemicals were on my counter tops, my shower, in my clothes, and even being used to wash my dishes. I even noticed what I was using to mop the floor had been chewing through the wood base to my counters. That’s when I realized that something had to change, and that something was my routine. Today, I will share with you 10 of my green house cleaning secrets, that will forever change the way you clean your home.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
You probably have some of this stuff sitting in your kitchen cabinets right now that you use for baking and cooking purposes, but did you know that it is a fantastic cleaner? There are more than 37 different ways you can use apple cider vinegar to clean; giving you a safe multi-purpose cleaner that can rival that of any chemical laden name brand. Use it to wipe down and de-germ your mobile devices, unclog drains, get rid of bathtub mildew, and even get ink stains out of your favorite shirt.
- Go For Laundry Pods
There’s nothing better than green and easy to use for laundry detergent, especially when you’re a parent or working man/woman with a busy schedule. Laundry pods make it easy to throw one in the wash and know your clothes are being given the cleaning power they need. And, the naturally-derived ingredients give a great clean, have a nice smell, and provide a safe and effective alternative to traditional detergents. The 3-in-1 Laundry Detergent Pods are a superior detergent, remarkable stain remover, and beautiful brightener!
- Air It Out
When it comes to house cleaning secrets, many people do not know that the air inside their home is actually known to be more toxic than the air outdoors. The best way to clear the air is to open the windows air things out for a few hours. Let natural sunlight and outdoor air in, giving you and your family something fresh to breathe. I recommend you do this at least once a week to keep the air quality in your home fresh.
- Deodorize With Baking Soda
When you were little, did your mom ever open a box of baking soda and put it in the fridge, in a closet, or sprinkle in on the carpet? Mine did! And, it wasn’t until I got older that I understood why. Baking soda is a natural deodorizer that actually absorbs smells that might not be so nice. Whether it is dirty sports equipment, combined food smells, stinky socks, or carpets that just need a lift, baking soda can eliminate the stench. Aerosol cans are a thing of the past with an absorber like baking soda. For those who may not want to hassle and mess of baking soda you can go here, to see a wide variety of naturally-derived room and fabric fresheners.
- Avoid Dry Cleaners
If you are a fan of protecting the environment along with your family, avoid going to the conventional dry cleaner to take care of those beautiful business and dress pieces. Although they may seem like a great deal, dry cleaners are the top users of Perchloroethylene, an industrial solvent. Not only does this solvent create smog when used, but it can also be toxic to humans. And, that’s what they are using to clean your clothes! If you can use Delicate Laundry Detergent and a delicate wash cycle at home that is the best option. If you absolutely cannot clean your extremely delicate pieces at home, seek out a local dry cleaner that uses a more natural and safer alternative method.
- Kick Off Your Shoes (and toxins) At the Door
One of the dirtiest items in your home is your shoes. Think about what they’ve been doing all day. They have been walking around on everything your feet wouldn’t want to. They are covered in mud, animal waste, pollen, and oils. When you have kids the contamination can be worse! To keep those toxins contained, you can either leave shoes on your porch or in one designated area of the home and clean them at least 3 times a week with a natural disinfectant.
- Grab Some Hydrogen Peroxide
This is a great non-toxic bleach that is great for all those things that vinegar, baking soda, or lemon juice just might not be able to cut through. It is also a powerful disinfectant and stain remover.
- Use Olive Oil
Another product you probably have sitting in your cabinet that is not just good for making tasty meals. Olive oil makes a great natural furniture polish! Just be careful, it can be a tad slick.
- Liquid Castile Soap
Regular liquid grease cutting soaps are often made with a mixture of chemicals and animal fats. For those who are looking to go all natural and also want to avoid animal by-product, Castile soap is a great alternative. Made from a vegetable base it can be used as a hand soap, but is also a powerful enough degreaser to wash even the dirtiest dishes. You can go here, to find some of my favorite liquid soap products and try them out for yourself!
- Invest in Borax
No, this isn’t some terrible disease, although it does kind of sound like that; Borax is a natural mineral that is great for a variety of different household chores. It’s a stain remover, eliminates odors, and can be used as an anti-fungal. Just be warned, this is not a cleaner for pet owners. Dogs, cats, birds, and other small animals can actually find Borax to be toxic. However, it is 100% safe for their human counterparts.
These green house cleaning secrets are great for anyone looking to protect their environment, keep their family healthy, and keep their home sparkling. You won’t regret going green—I know that I love it!
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