Spic and Span without Mr. Clean [Green Cleaning Pt. 2]

If your household cleaners, have given you a cleaning hangover it is high time to stop and consider going green. Conventional cleaning products that marketers pitch to us in flashy commercials featuring bald headed and muscular men are actually causing us to become more ill, more often.

For Deidre Imus founder of the Deidre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology,there is a clear-cut correlation between household cleaners and the prolific increase in the diagnosis of development disorders such as ADHD and autism in children: “current research suggests that exposure to environmental toxins whether ambient or in consumer products can aggravate or cause developmental and neurological disorders.” Not only do conventional cleaners put children at risk, but adults are also threatened by over-exposure to the hidden toxins in store bought cleaning products. This is largely due to the fact that of the estimated 85,000 chemicals actively used in cleaning and personal care products around the world today, few have been tested for their detrimental affects to humans.

The Green Clean Team- Everything you need to defeat grime, scuffs and bacteria build in your home.

To make the transition from a toxic clean to a green clean is pretty easy. All you should do is consider how your great grandparents, would have kept their homes clean back in the day.

To build your own eco-cleaning arsenal, will likely require an alternating combination of the following ingredients: vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and elbow grease to get the job done.  Below is a great eco-cleaner recipe. Lot’s of green cleaning recipes will ask you to use Borax, but I do not condone or promote the use of Borax. I have read that this naturally occurring substance is mildly toxic to humans. Do your research about Borax.

 

To Tread Lightly’s Multipurpose Cleaner:

(Add the first four ingredients together into a spray bottle and then add the water, shake together when lid is firmly secured.)

½ tsp. baking soda

2 tbsp. vinegar

½ tsp. tea tree oil

½ tsp. lemon juice

2 cups of hot water

 

The great thing about this recipe is the inclusion of lemon juice, which works well as a natural deodorizer, whereas the diluted vinegar and tea tree oil act together, in tandem as a dual-disinfectant. The baking soda on the other hand is an abrasive, which helps to dislodge and remove built up grime and even mildew. Mildew often builds up in the corners and crevices of your home, when moisture is seeping into your home, through cracks and crevices in the windows and walls.

The expensive fix, for this problem would be to install new caulking and window frames but if this isn’t within your budget there are cheaper alternatives. A layer of cling wrap can be adhered to your windows by using a conventional handheld blow dryer. When successfully applied to your windows, the cling wrap acts as an impermeable membrane.

There are a million different cleaning solutions, that won’t break the bank and or your spirits. The best way to find out about old fashion cleaning techniques is by having a conversation with a senior citizen. It is truly astounding how amassing a lifetime of knowledge comes in quite handy when doing basic house maintenance and or household cleaning.

If you have a favorite green cleaning technique, feel free to share it with others by starting a conversation thread below. Until next time, may you continue to tread lightly.

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