As a freelance writer in the health niche and a proud wife and mother of four, I’ve recently researched, written and developed a real interest in eco-friendly home cleaning products. The use of eco-friendly home cleaning products helps safeguard the health of my family, save us money and preserve our precious environment. These cleaning solutions are free of toxins and hazardous materials, making them safe and well-suited for home use or around children and pets (we have a puppy!). They do not allow harmful fumes to enter into the air and most are mild on the hands, eliminating the risk of burns or injury from harsh chemicals. Allow me to share how I clean various parts of my home using eco-friendly cleaning solutions.
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your home. This is where food eaten by your family is stored and prepared, which means that your kitchen should be kept as clean as possible. I clean my kitchen counters by sprinkling the surface with baking soda, then scrubbing with a damp cloth or sponge. There are three key benefits of using baking soda as a home cleanser: it’s non-toxic, multi-purpose and cheap. If you need a tougher cleanser for your kitchen counters, sprinkle some kosher salt with baking soda on your surfaces, then scrub with a damp cloth or sponge.
Windows and Mirrors
I used to purchase harsh smelling, chemical loaded sprays, such as Windex, to clean my windows and mirrors. Now, the only items I need to get the job done are white vinegar, water and newspaper. White distilled vinegar happens to be a phenomenal household cleanser, effective for killing mold, bacteria and germs, due to its level of acidity. Like baking soda, vinegar is very economical. The way I create this concoction to clean my windows and mirrors is by mixing 2 tablespoons of white vinegar with a gallon of water, then dispensing into a used spray bottle. Squirt on the surface, then scrub with newspaper instead of paper towels, which cause streaking. If you’re out of vinegar or hate its smell, you can substitute with undiluted lemon juice or club soda.
Carpets and Rugs
Club soda really is the best way to attack and clean pesky carpet stains, but you have to clean the mess right away! You should lift off any solids and liberally pour club soda over the stained area. You can then blot with an old rag. Club soda’s carbonation brings the spill to the surface, and the salt content prevents staining. Did you recently have a party or social gathering at your home? Did the wine flow freely? It’s possible for someone to spill red wine all over your lovely carpet. If you act quickly, full-strength club soda will solve the problem! Believe it or not, for bigger spills and messes, cornmeal can help clean your carpet. Dump cornmeal on the mess, wait around 10 or 15 minutes, then vacuum up the area.
These eco-friendly cleaning solutions for various parts of your home prove that you can protect your family, save money and help the environment – all at the same time!
Michelle Harrison is a proud wife and mother of hour, freelance writer in the health niche and a content provider for www.BabyChangingStation.com. Michelle enjoys creating eco-friendly home cleaning concoctions to help her family save money.