Reducing your impact on the environment is easier than you think, and it starts with making small changes at home. Switching from chemical cleaners to natural cleaners is good for you, good for your home, and good for the Earth. Here are a few ideas to help you live and clean green.
Natural Cleaning Products
Baking soda is good for more than just making cookies. It is also a great natural cleaning product. Baking soda has proven virus-killing abilities and is ideal for cleaning, deodorizing, and even scouring your shower to remove dirt and grime. Sprinkle it on your welcome mat to remove funky odors or make a paste using equal parts baking soda and water to remove stains from white walls.
Eucalyptus. Peppermint oil. Wild orange. Tea tree. Rosemary. Essential oils are the antibacterial powerhouse you need to add to your green cleaning routine. Hello Glow has put together a great infographic touting the benefits of the top 10 essential oils for green cleaning. You can check it out here.
Isopropyl alcohol is the primary ingredient in rubbing alcohol and is considered a strong solvent - that means it dissolves dirt and oil. Mix it together with one part alcohol to one part water for an effective disinfectant. Remember to only use it in a well-ventilated area and be sure to keep it away from any heat sources and open flames.
There’s a reason so many commercial cleaners are scented with lemons. The acidity of lemon juice makes it a natural disinfectant and stain remover. You can use it to remove stains from your toilet bowl or you can use it to prevent limescale buildup on faucets and fixtures. While lemon juice is also ideal for cleaning cutting boards, it is important to make sure you use something a little stronger to disinfect any surface that has been contaminated with raw meat or eggs.
Did you know that vinegar can kill both salmonella and E.coli? White vinegar is particular is especially good at cleaning things around the home. Mix it with water (1:1 ratio of water to vinegar) to clean windows and other shiny surfaces or use it remove mineral deposits from your showerhead. To clean your showerhead, all you need to do is put vinegar in a bag and tie it over your showerhead to soak overnight.
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