Did you have a chance to read the last blog Death by Spray Bottle? If not, you certainly should. I really wanted to insert a punch right in the gut to encourage you to make a difference in some nasty cleaning rituals you may embrace. Now, the good part. I have solutions … No, really, actual solutions to fix the chemical-laced problems lurking in your cupboards.
Get ready to go au natural!
You may just have some of the products that could save the day in your medicine cabinet and pantry. Hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and essential oils are your secret weapons in the cleaning ring. Here’s how:
Hydrogen peroxide: Pour a little into a spray bottle, fill the rest with water and, viola, you have an instant wall, window and countertop antibacterial-fighting machine. One thing to note, it does take a little bit longer to sanitize surfaces (think about the fizz that ensues when you use it to clean your little one’s cuts and scrapes), so you’ll want to give it a bit more time to do it’s job. This stuff also works wonders on toilets, floors and mildew. Best of all, it’s not toxic! Click here to discover even more great uses or check out our blog on the subject.
Vinegar: It’s not just for salad dressing anymore! With that poignant smell, it can be hard to believe this stuff works magic; washing woodwork, deodorizing the kitchen, removing streaks from stainless steel and unclogging showerheads. And, once it dries, that funky smell goes away. Vinegar is a byproduct of vegetables, fruits and grains with high acidic content that does a fantastic job breaking down grease, grime and germs. Excerpt: One study showed vinegar kills 99 percent of surface bacteria, 80 percent of germs, and 82 percent of molds on a counter. That’s with a 5 percent solution just like you could purchase at the grocery store. The list of ways to use this stuff is almost endless, but click here for some good ideas.
Essential Oils: Lemon, lavender, citrus, cinnamon, vanilla, verbena … If you go to your local health food store, you can find a huge variety of scents through essential oils. Not only do these make great room fragrances, you can add them to green cleaning products for a customized aroma and they have enormous health benefits. Excerpt: Essential oils can also help you relax or sleep, or improve your skin or digestion — their benefits go well beyond a pleasant smell. A neat trick to diffuse a scent is by vacuuming a piece of toilet paper soaked with a few drops of oil. Motherearthliving.com provides some great recipes using essential oils alongside peroxide, baking soda and other green cleaning solutions. Click here for more.
Throughout the year, I’ll provide more ideas to clean out your cleaners. These three ingredients for make-it-yourself agents are a winning way to a greener way of life.
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