Simple Green Tip #2: Green Cleaning

Simple Green Tip #2: Green Cleaning

The average home contains over 1,500 hazardous compounds. Over 150 chemicals found in the average home have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological abnormalities. (Source: Healthy Child Healthy World)

Instead of bringing toxic chemicals into your homes to clean, you can easily buy greener options or even make your own. You’ll be saving money, improving the health of your home and doing something good for the environment.

Here are some of my favorite cleaning recipes:

Tub and tile cleaner: Use half a lemon with a sprinkle of baking soda on it to scrub your tub and tiles. Also to clean sinks and counter tops.

Oven cleaner: Sprinkle baking soda in your oven and spray it with water, making it into a paste. Let it sit, periodically spraying it when it dries. Then wipe off. Your oven will be sparkling clean without the toxic fumes.

Window cleaner: Fill a spray bottle with water and ¼ cup white vinegar. Use a soft cloth or newspaper to wipe.

Here are some more favorites provided by Jennifer Taggart, The Smart Mama:

Garbage disposal or snow cone machine cleaner: Make vinegar ice cubes. Put 1 cup distilled white vinegar in an ice cube tray, fill the balance with water and freeze. Once frozen, drop a couple down the disposal (or put in the snow cone machine), run it and voila! The vinegar helps disinfect and the ice helps remove any food stuck on the blades.

Microwave cleaner: Use lemon slices. Place some in a microwave safe cup or bowl with 6 ounces or so of water. Heat on high for 3 minutes, let sit for 3 minutes (without opening the door), and then open and wipe clean. Crusted food should lift easily and your microwave will smell lemon fresh without hormone disrupting phthalates.

Soft scrub: Use liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s) and baking soda. Put ingredients in something like an old squeeze bottle and mix to a consistency you like. Use as a soft scrub for sinks and counter tops.

Toilet cleaner: Use liquid castile soap (like Dr. Bronner’s) and baking soda. Put ingredients in something like an old squeeze bottle and mix to a consistency you like. Squirt mixture under the rim and let sit. After 5 minutes or so, follow up with some vinegar and let foam. Then flush.

Do you have any favorite green cleaning tips?

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Wendy Gabriel

Wendy Gabriel is an eco-writer, media broadcaster, twitter addict and mommy with a passion for Simple Tips for Green Living. Her definition of Living Green is living simply, sustainably and thoughtfully.

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