Friday, February 26, 2010

Today your house is filled with toxic and polluting chemicals that are supposed to make your cleaning life simpler.

The price of industrial, chemical products can be huge! Health concerns for your family, and pollution to our water, and air. In the US, for example, 1 in 3 people suffer from allergies, asthma, sinusitis or bronchitis

For most cleaning projects, you can make your own cleaning safer solutions products using the tips below.

A large amount  of non-toxic cleaning solutions are available, and these solutions are much healthier and environmentally friendly. Your use of these products helps promote the growth of green businesses which are contributing to a sustainable economy.

There are many cheap, simple-to-use natural solutions that can safely be used instead of commercial toxic  products. Enclosed  is a list of common, environmentally safe products which can be used by themselves or in conjunction with others for a wealth of at home cleaning projects. xx
  • Baking Soda - cleans, deodorizes, softens water, scours.
  • Soap - unscented soap in liquid form, flakes, powders or bars is biodegradable and will clean just about anything. Avoid using soaps which contain petroleum distillates.
  • Lemon - one of the strongest food-acids, effective against most household bacteria.
  • Borax - (sodium borate) cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, painted walls and floors.
  • White Vinegar - cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.
  • Washing Soda - or SAL Soda is sodium carbonate decahydrate, a mineral. Washing soda cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, cleans wall, tiles, sinks and tubs. Use care, as washing soda can irritate mucous membranes. Do not use on aluminum.
  • Isopropyl Alcohol - is an excellent disinfectant. (It has been suggested to replace this with ethanol or 100 proof alcohol in solution with water. There is some indication that isopropyl alcohol buildup contributes to illness in the body.
  • Cornstarch - can be used to clean windows, polish furniture, shampoo carpets and rugs.
  • Citrus Solvent - cleans paint brushes, oil and grease, some stains. (Citrus solvent may cause skin, lung or eye irritations for people with multiple chemical sensitivities.)
  • Trisodium phosphate (TSP) - a mixture of soda ash and phosphoric acid. TSP is toxic if swallowed, but it can be used on many jobs, such as cleaning drains or removing old paint, that would normally require much more caustic and poisonous chemicals, and it does not create any fumes.