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Green Cleaning in 2011

January 03, 2011

House cleaning does not have to be environmentally harmful.  In 2011, why not make a commitment to cleaning your home the eco-friendly and “green” way?

Green cleaning is using cleaning methods with environmentally-friendly ingredients and chemicals to preserve human health and environmental quality.  Green cleaning techniques and products avoid the use of chemically-reactive and toxic cleaning products which contain various toxic chemicals, some of which emit volatile organic compounds causing respiratory and dermatological problems among other adverse effects.

The three most powerful non-toxic cleaning supplies every green cleaning household can rely on are vinegar, lemons and baking soda. With these three ingredients, you can make many homemade mixtures that clean effectively and smell great! These eco-friendly cleaning solutions can also save you money.

A one-part water to one-part vinegar solution can clean almost any surface in your home.  Vinegar also works great on hard-water stains in the bathroom and kitchen. Pure vinegar can be used in place of expensive toilet bowl cleaners too.

For green spring cleaning in the kitchen, cut a lemon in half and rub a thin film of baking soda across the surface. Use this natural tool to scrub countertops. To create a great smelling paste that can clean grout, use a little bit of lemon juice with one part baking soda. Let this sit on your grout surface for several minutes and rinse to get rid of soap scum and mold.

Lemons can also be used to clean wood floors and polish furniture. To clean floors, use one part vinegar to one part water and add a whole lemon. This leaves a wonderful scent behind that lasts longer than any commercially produced scent. As a polish, add lemon juice to pure olive oil and you have an all-natural “green” wood polish.

Finally, baking soda is one of the most non-toxic cleaning supplies available to modern homes. Sprinkle baking soda wherever you need odor absorption. Baking soda is great as a carpet cleaner before vacuuming.  For an even more effective green cleaning solution, add a half cup of baking soda to your vinegar mixture.

Every household can play a role in green cleaning. It can save you money and help the environment at the same time.

Maid Brigade House Cleaning Services cares about the health of you and your family.  For more information on healthy green living and green cleaning, please log on to greencleancertified.com or maidbrigade.com.  For more information on “Household Cleaning Products and Breast Cancer”, please watch our video at www.greencleancertified.com/greentv.

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