Many of us suffer from allergies, asthma. If you are among those you suffer from these diseases you definitelly should reduce synthetic chemicals in your home environment. You can prefer to use commercial non-toxic home cleaning products that are available at the stores or you can make your own cleaning solutions.
You will be amazed how inexpensive and easy-to-make are environmentally friendly homemade cleaning products. You will be able to use these products instead of commercial household products.
For your consideration is a list of environmentally safe products which can be used alone or in combination with other products.
Baking soda — great cleaning prodcuts that not only cleans and scours, but also deodorizes and softens water.
White vinegar – cuts grease, removes mildew, stains, odors, and wax build-up.
Lemon – one of the strongest food-acids that perfectly removes odors. This product is effective against most household bacteria.
Soap – unscented soap in powders, flakes, bars or liquid form is biodegradable product that will clean just about anything.
Borax – cleans, disinfects, deodorizes, softens water. With this product you can clean your wallpaper, painted walls and floors.
Cornstarch – can be used to polish furniture, clean windows, shampoo rugs and carpets.
Isopropyl Alcohol – is used to clean and disinfect.
For many home-cleaning chores, use your own cleaning products. Don’t use cleaning products that contain chemicals, choose healthier and environmentally responsible alternatives. If you want to minimize the use of toxic substances in your home, use mixtures of earth-friendly cleaning products listed above.
All-purpose cleaner: Mix 1/3 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) and 1/2 cup vinegar into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. Use this mixture for removal of water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom mirrors and fixtures, windows, etc.
Carpet stains: Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture directly on stain, let it sit for a while, and clean with a brush using warm soapy water.
Toilet bowl cleaner: Mix 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar, pour into basin and let it set for a few minutes. Then scrub with brush and rinse.
Laundry detergent: Mix 1/2 cup washing soda, 1 cup Fels Naptha soap (or Ivory soap), and 1/2 cup borax. Use 2 tbsp for heavy loads, 1 tbsp for light loads.
Keep all your home-made formulas out of the reach of children and well-labeled.