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Healthy Cleaning Products

August 23, 2010

Everyone likes a clean home, but few of us like the chore of cleaning.   Even worse, we often rely on a cocktail of hazardous substances to make our bathrooms sparkle or our floors shine. 

Dishwashing detergents often contain phosphates that pollute the groundwater, wood polish sometimes contains flammable toxins like nitrobenzene, and laundry detergent can contain bleach and other corrosives.

We lock our cleaning products under our cabinets away from children but do we ever stop to realize what these chemicals are actually doing to our own bodies?

Many cleaners irritate our skin, eyes, and lungs.  They also leave toxic residues or pollute the water when we rinse them down the drain.  But keeping our homes clean and avoiding toxic cleaners isn’t tough to do.  Green cleaners are made from a range of safer substances that we already have around our house.

Stock up on a few safe, simple ingredients like soap, baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and borax.  These products can take care of most household cleaning needs.

A paste of baking soda, salt, and hot water makes a great oven cleaner.

To clean up mold and mildew, use a mixture of lemon juice or white vinegar and salt.

Baking soda and cornstarch are both great carpet deodorizers.

For an effective glass cleaner, use a mixture of half white vinegar and half water.

Instead of using drain cleaner, try pouring a quarter cup of baking soda followed by a half cup of vinegar down the clogged drain.  Close the drain tightly until fizzing stops, then flush with boiling water.

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

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