Having a clean home doesn’t mean that you have to expose yourself and your family to tons of chemicals that can linger in your home and may negatively impact both your health and the environment. The old days of strong chemical cleaners that eradicate everything in their paths is gone. Welcome in a new era of cleaning, one that will leave your home clean and smelling wonderfully without causing harm.
First, let’s talk a little bit about the traditional cleaning solutions that are on the market. Most of them are petroleum based, which we know is not a renewable resource. They also tend to contain chemicals that by themselves have been shown to cause breathing problems and even cancer. When you are looking for a green cleaner, you want solutions and ingredients that are biodegradable, non toxic and from a renewable resource.
You can find many good green cleaners out there in mainstream stores now, from your local grocery store to the Home Depot. But sometimes the expense of these cleaners and the fancy labels can scare people off. Baking soda and vinegar are two ingredients that along with water will make a great all-purpose cleaner for practically everything.
Vinegar and baking soda can also be used separately. A mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle does a wonderful job of cleaning shower doors, mirrors and windows. Baking soda can remove strange smells. Sprinkle some baking soda on your carpet, allow it to sit for five minutes, and then vacuum it up.
The antibacterial movement implies that if you don’t have an antibacterial component in your cleaner, then you won’t get rid of dangerous germs. But germs can be washed away instead zapped with chemical cleaners. Studies have shown that regular hand soap removed germs just as well as antibacterial soap, minus the possibility of creating super bugs. It was actually the technique and the duration that most influenced the removal of dirt, germs and bacteria.
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