All natural cleaning or "going green" is a habit many of us want to at least try to get into. Of course, we all still have our favorites from the old, toxic world of household cleaning products. There's Tide for the laundry, Palmolive for the dishes and Tilex for the shower. There’s also many household products seen on TV that claim to be good for the environment but still aren't the most highly environmentally friendly. I know many of you are looking for alternatives so I’ve got this really great video and resource for more green product information for your home.
Here's a [tags]all natural cleaning[/tags] video by Patty Kim who is a correspondent of National Geographic's "The Green Guide". Kind of a scary thought to have a chemical stew of products in our home.
Here are eight basic green cleaning products and ingredients you can use for your cleaning jobs. I find it interesting that the most natural products make the best cleaners!
Baking soda - Can provide the grit needed for scrubbing. It reacts with water, lemon or vinegar by fizzing which speeds up cleaning times.
Borax – Disinfects, bleaches and deodorizes. It's very handy in laundry mixes (usually found in laundry aisle).
Distilled white vinegar - Disinfects and breaks up dirt. Choose white vinegar over apple cider or red vinegars, which might stain surfaces.
Hydrogen peroxide - Disinfects and bleaches surfaces.
Lemons - Helps to cut grease. Real lemons work the best. Bottled lemon juice also works well but you might need to use a bit more to get the same results.
Olive oil - It picks up dirt and even polishes wood. The cheaper grades work just as well.
Vegetable based liquid castile soap - This is a non-petroleum all purpose cleaner.
Washing soda - Acts as a general cleaner and stain remover. It also helps to unblock your pipes. It's caustic, so when using it wear gloves. You can find washing soda in the laundry aisle of grocery and drug stores.
Additional All Natural Cleaning Tips
- Pick up an empty spray bottle at the hardware store and keep those old rags and used toothbrushes for scrubbing and wiping up.
- You can get some effective, safer products on the market today, made without harmful ingredients.
- Start out small by switching just one product for something less toxic.
- Glass cleaner can be made from a tablespoon of lemon juice, or a quarter cup of vinegar, to about two cups of water. Just fill a clean spray bottle and wipe with a rag or old newspaper.
- Switch from liquid to powdered detergents for your laundry and dishwasher. It saves lots of plastic bottles and will save you money.
- Use a cup of hydrogen peroxide in the wash instead of bleach to brighten up the whites.
All natural cleaning resources can be found here at TheGreenGuide.com. They've got some really excellent information there.