Cost Effective Natural Cleaners: Green and Clean

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Cost Effective Natural Cleaners

Here are a few recipes that will help you do most of your everyday cleaning:

All-Purpose Cleaning Spray:

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For counter tops, sinks, toilets, and for spot cleaning floors
Mix 1 part white vinegar and 1 part water in a spray bottle. Spray and scrub. For really tough soap scum or mineral deposits, let sit before scrubbing, or use straight vinegar .

Bathtub, Sink, Stove Top Scrub:

In a bowl, combine 1/2 cup baking soda,  one teaspoon of  liquid dish soap,  and a squeeze of  fresh lemon, and enough water to the consistency of frosting. Dip cloth or sponge into paste and scrub. For  stubborn grime, allow to sit 10-15 minutes before rinsing.

Mirror & Glass Cleaner:

2 tsp vinegar
1 quart water
Mix in a spray bottle. Spray on mirror or glass, and wipe clean with old newspaper. (The ink doesn’t smear, and it leaves no lint!)

Floor Cleaner:

1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
1/2 Cup white vinegar or lemon juice
1 gallons warm water
Combine in sink or large bucket, and use with mop. You can use this on any floor, except marble or other floors where the manufacturer has specified to avoid all detergents.

TLC for your Marble Counter:

Do not use vinegar on marble countertops, it will damage them. Baking soda may also be too abrasive.

Disinfecting Cooking Surfaces:

Do not allow your goal to use natural products for cleaning to sacrifice sanitation. A clean kitchen, free from bacteria, is a necessity.

Although vinegar is a disinfectant, it is not adequate for cleaning up after working with raw chicken or similar foods.

You may want to use something like hydrogen  peroxide, or a cleaning product which will kill the bacteria.

Air in your Home: Deadly or Fresh

Air fresheners intended to freshen the air of your home could be leading to an early death for you or your kids.

The NRDC tested 14 different household air fresheners and found that 12 contained the hormone-disrupting chemicals known as phthalates.  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors and can cause birth deformities, especially in male babies, premature puberty in girls, and other disorders associated with excessive estrogen.

Regular cleaning and ventilation eliminate the need for air fresheners. Vinegar and Baking Soda are natural odor eaters. Try an open decorative container of baking soda on the counter in your bathroom. Best air freshener of all — open a window!