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“Go Natural” This Earth Day!

Earth Day is a spring celebration which takes place on April 22nd.  Why not celebrate this Earth Day by being sparkling clean and green?

If you’ve ever wondered why most of the cleaning products you have known for years are going green it is because we have taken a closer look at what is in them and realized they aren’t any good for us.

By taking a closer look at the labels, you will find products with harmful agents like benzene, chlorine, and phosphates.  Other chemicals are also included but it is not required for manufacturers to print them on their labels.

The cheapest and safest way for general household cleaning is the natural way, which is using baking soda and vinegar.  These two products don’t cost that much and there are no harmful side effects, which is great for cleaning a home filled with children and pets.

It is very easy to make your own green cleaners with basic ingredients.  Using reusable spray bottles is also better for the environment.  Here are samples of natural green cleaning products that you can make:

For a general household cleaner, mix together 1 teaspoon liquid soap (castile, peppermint); 1 teaspoon borax; 1 squeeze of lemon, and 1 quart warm water.

For a general disinfectant, mix together 1/4 cup borax and 1/2 gallon hot water.

For windows, mix 2 teaspoons vinegar and 1 quart warm water, or 2 tablespoons borax and 3 cups water.

For air freshener, mix 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon vinegar or lemon juice, and 2 cups hot water, put in reusable spray bottle and spray!

If you prefer to buy green cleaning products, make sure your store-bought cleaner is truly green.  Look for the "Green Seal" certification.  Words like "green" and "natural" are no guarantee of safety. 

Maid Brigade’s Green Clean Certified system is a cleaning system that uses "green" solutions that are certified by Green Seal for a safe and thorough cleaning.

Share your stories with us and let us know how you will be celebrating Earth Day this year! 

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