Cheaper and healthier household cleaning tips

HealthierHouseholdCleaningAccording to researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia, many common household products labeled “green,” “all natural,” “non-toxic,” and even “organic,” often contain substances harmful to health.

The researchers analyzed 37 such consumer products including cleaning, personal care, laundry and air freshening commodities, testing for 156 volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

Forty-two of the products contained up to 15 different VOCs considered ‘hazardous’ under U.S. federal safety laws.

There are many effective safer and cheaper ways for housekeepers to get the job done—just by keeping a supply of white vinegar, baking soda, liquid castile soap, natural salt, hydrogen peroxide, borax and lemons/limes in the home.

Here are a few examples and a little research will provide you with many, many more:

* Clean oven with baking soda—Spray the inside of the oven wiwth a fine mist of water, then cover surfaces with a baking soda paste and leave for a few hours before wiping off.

* Tub and shower soap scum—Make your own scouring powder with 2 parts baking soda, 1 part salt and 1 part borax. It works on the toughest scum.

* Natural air fresheners—Simmer a sliced lime and a chunk of ginger root for half an hour or more. Other favorite air freshener mixes include citrus with spices such as cinnamon and cloves, and citrus with rosemary or thyme. Or strain the mix and use the liquid in a spray bottle.

* Window and floor cleaner—Fill a jar with citrus peels and pour undiluted white vinegar over them. Leave for a few days, then use for shining windows and floors, and to disinfect surfaces.

* Clean the dishwasher—Fill a dishwasher-safe bowl with 2 cups of white vinegar and set on the top rack. Run through the hot cycle with no other dishes to sterilize and remove musty odors from the dishwasher.

* Clean the garbage disposal—Cut a lemon in half and grind with the water running for at least 10 seconds. Pour in a half cup of baking soda, then a cup of distilled white vinegar and let sit for 10 minutes before running water through the disposal.

* Clean the toilet—Dump a cup of baking soda in the toilet and let it soak for an hour, then shake a cup of white vinegar over it and leave 5 minutes before flushing.

You’d be surprised at the effectiveness and freshness of these remedies—and you don’t have to wear rubber gloves and breath toxic fumes!


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