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Spring Cleaning Doesn’t Have to be Toxic!

March 29, 2012

The spring season is here, and if you are like me, you are getting ready to start the bi-annual cleaning at home.  For most people, this involves going out and purchasing cleaning products from the store.  But did you know that there are dozens of green, inexpensive ways of cleaning your home, many of which can already be found in your kitchen?

When it comes to cleaning, vinegar is my best friend!  I use one part vinegar and one part water mixed together in a spray bottle to clean the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room.  Vinegar not only disinfects, but it also deodorizes. I also use it to clean the bathtub, counters, toilet, sink, stovetop, and kitchen floor. Vinegar can also be used as a natural fabric softener.

Baking soda is another great cleaner. I use baking soda on surfaces instead of using an abrasive cleaning product.  i also keep a box of baking soda in my fridge, freezer, and closet to help keep these areas smelling clean.  

While borax should be kept well out of the reach of children and pets, it's a great alternative to bleach. I use this natural mineral to kill mold and bacteria.  i also use it to deodorize clothes and remove tough stains. Warm water mixed with half a cup of borax can shine china.  Try pouring three tablespoons down the garbage disposal and running hot water half an hour later.  

Most cleaning products smell like lemons these days, probably because lemons are a scent of freshness.  But lemon juice is also a great cleaning aid. Lemons help cut grease in the kitchen and cuts through soap scum and hard water deposits in the bathroom.  Try mixing one cup of olive oil and half a cup of lemon juice, to make a polish for hardwood furniture.  Stick some lemon peels in the garbage can to keep it smelling fresh.

Cleaning without using harsh chemicals can be easy.  You can save money and take care of the environment all at once.  

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