Earth Friendly Cleaning

cleaning-suppliesWe all want to do our part in keeping the Earth free of bacteria and still have it smell fresh, and there are ways we can do just that without the dangerous fumes! Just think of all of the unnatural odors that we already contend with on a daily basis; gas fumes, cigarette smoke, pet odors, smells from outdoor wood furnaces, odors from factories.

Cleaning supplies on the market are too numerous to mention and all claim to be 'bacteria cleaning agents'. I wonder how great, great grandma lived to be so old without having some of these in her cabinet. However, she must have used something to keep the houseclean and smelling fresh; I wonder what it could have been. Let’s see, there wasn't any Lysol, any 409 or Mr. Clean, and Clorox with bleach wasn't in existence. How did that woman do it?

She did it the same way that we can! Earth Friendly and Green Clean isn't anything new, it has been around for generations. We just discovered its revival! For years we have heard that what use used wasn't good for the environment, only we didn't believe it. Then, advertising campaigns were started, earth friendly products came out by the hundreds and we became educated. The only catch is, these same products have been around for over a century and we had been using the right products until our lives became NEW AND IMPROVED! Now tell me the truth, aren't you ashamed? You spent all of this time and money and could have been using the inexpensive stuff all along!

So what are 'some' these great products?

BAKING SODA- great for odors and cleaning
VINEGAR-Cuts through grease and grime
AMMONIA- cuts grime and makes glass shine
POWDERED BLEACH- cleans and disinfects, removes colors
FRUIT PEEL- apple, orange, lemon, lime- best room deodorizers
Good old fashioned WATER

These products have been around for a long time and have taken care of germs and bacteria in millions of home. Yet we’ve been convinced that they are not as good as the “wonder cleaners” on our store shelves, and we choose to ignore them. As a matter of fact, if you look at all of the chemicals that are in the products that we purchase, you will usually find that one or more of these products are listed on the label (possibly described with a chemical name)! We can purchase them cheaper alone, and in their natural state they’re usually more potent.

What is the general purpose of these cleaners?

AMMONIA - (highly toxic don't mix with bleach)
Great for oven cleaning, jewelry cleaning, glass and mirror cleaning, cleans stainless steel, and strips wax off of floors.

BAKING SODA
An oven cleaner, carpet deodorizer, takes colors off of white walls and furniture, deodorizers, cleans pots and pans, unclogs drains, makes a great fabric softener and a major plus, it puts out fires.

BLEACH - (highly toxic when mixed with ammonia)
Do NOT use Chlorine Bleach – it is harmful to the environment.
Powdered bleaches such as Oxy Boost, Oxy 8 and Oxy Clean are environment friendly.
Removes mold and mildew, disinfects, kills germs, whitens clothes, and removes stains.

BORAX
An alternative for Bleach – cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, removes mold and mildew, and removes stains.

FRUIT PEEL
Makes your home smell fruity fresh – a good air freshener, takes the odor out of liter boxes, lemon juice cleans and deodorizes.

SALT
Makes a course, but gentle scouring powder when mixed with baking soda.

VINEGAR
Gets rid of burnt odors, softens skin, gets rid of grime and bugs, mixed with olive oil can be a great furniture polish, mixed with baking soda it becomes a drain cleaner, shines metal and a is great remover for wax build-up.

8 thoughts on “Earth Friendly Cleaning

  • January 22 2008 at 11:33 am
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    I just found a great book at a thrift shop (.25) called Clean and Simple: The Old Farmer's Almanac Home Library/A Back to Basics Approach to cleaning your home. I love it.

  • January 22 2008 at 12:25 pm
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    Some of the best things come from thrift stores, don't they?

  • January 22 2008 at 12:53 pm
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    Hi Danielle;
    I have been looking for one for a while now. I understand there are some great ideas in there too! Oh well, I guess I make another trip to the Goodwill store! Thanks for the comment. Jan

  • January 22 2008 at 2:44 pm
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    I keep a spray bottle with 1 part vinegar and 20 parts water in my kitchen….Not only do studies show it kills 99% of germs and bacteria, but I'm hoping it will drive away the ants this summer!

    (Not to mention the fact that, you're right, my faucet has never been so shiny!)

  • January 22 2008 at 3:05 pm
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    I am glad the tip helped! Here is another one for you. Vinegar and water helps 'control' ants, but to get rid of them really fast, Use a spray of straight ammonia.
    You don't have to mix it with water, just use it out of the container.
    This works on the outside as well as the inside of the house. If you can find the ant hills, spray them and within 15 minutes they are gone for good.

  • January 22 2008 at 3:10 pm
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    Ooh – thanks Jan – I'll remember that!

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  • March 12 2009 at 3:17 am
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    Nice Topic. I just subscribe to your blog for future update.

    Can i link this post to my blog and copy a snippet?

    God bless and good luck!

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