Monday, January 14, 2008

All natural cleaning: Avoid the toxins

Everyone has to clean. In today's world, companies try to shove horribly toxic cleaning chemicals into your home claiming they clean better than the other cleaner and that they are safer than the other cleaner. In reality, you do not need to ever touch a toxic chemical in order to clean.

From my own personal experience, I find a mixture of 50% water to 50% white vinegar will work wonders on cleaning. I recently cleaned a horribly dirty shower that had been sitting uncleaned for years with this solution and it got rid of all the dirt and mold and grime. Yes I had to scrub a little but not nearly as much as I would have if I didn't use the solution. I also was not exposed to any harmful chemicals while cleaning that shower. This same solution can be used for counter tops (except for stone or stone like), stoves, sinks, toilets, you can even make a solution of 2 cups white vinegar to one gallon hot water and use it to mop the floor.

Drain clogged? Try a plunger first and if that doesn't work, try pouring a little baking soda down the drain and chase it with some vinegar.

Need to clean your carpet? Apparently a mixture of 30% white vinegar and 70% hot water works wonders on cleaning carpets.

Below are some links to sites containing information on cleaning without using harsh chemicals.
Non-Toxic Home Care
Clean and Green: Natural Homemade Household Cleaners
Natural Cleaning Recipes

As always, you can search on for how to clean without using harsh chemicals.