How often do you clean your home?
If you are like most people, you probably give your place a good clean once a week. Maybe you even maintain your home’s cleanliness in between but, have you ever stopped to consider the cleaning products you use?
Most of them are petroleum based and loaded with harsh chemicals and ingredients that some people are even allergic to. That’s everything from your dish detergent down to the stuff you use to wash your floors.
Going the “green” route is one way to keep your home clean without introducing chemicals into your home that might not be so healthy. In fact, some of the most ecologically friendly and inexpensive options are things that you probably have in your pantry or fridge right now.
Lemon Juice and Vinegar: Like Peas in a Pod
You’ve probably heard of this combination before but, that’s most likely because it works so well. You see, lemon and vinegar are both mild acids that are capable of cutting through grease, grime and even odours.
One of the best ways to use lemon and vinegar is as a cleaner for high gloss surfaces such as glass, chrome and polished stone. To keep your chrome looking highly polished try mixing ¼ cup vinegar, lemon juice and water and wipe clean with a soft cloth.
This chrome cleaner is perfect for use on bath fixtures and works equally well on furniture with chrome accents such as bar stools.
Olive Oil: It’s Not Just for Pasta Anymore
You might think that using the same oils you cook with to clean your home is ludicrous but, stick with me here.
Most wood cleaners found at the store contain some kind of oil in them, usually petroleum based. Oil is a necessary part of any wood cleaner in order to condition the wood and help replace moisture that is lost due to the environment.
Olive and walnut oils work well because they help condition and seal the wood with out any harmful byproducts. In fact, they are good enough to eat!
One of the best, all natural wood cleaners we’ve tried contains 2 simple ingredients: 2 cups olive oil and the juice of one lemon. You can use it on just about all of your wood furniture from your dining table to your coffee table. Mix it in with a bucket of water and you’ve got an eco-friendly floor cleaner, too.
Green Cleaning Products: When You Just Need Something with Bubbles
There are a number of green cleaning products available at your local market that work just as well as the regular brands. While lemon juice and vinegar won’t give you pretty bubbles while you clean, many of these products will.
Always make sure to read the label when selecting a green cleaning product to check that it doesn’t have any harmful ingredients. There are varying levels of “green” when it comes to what’s in that bottle and the closer a product gets to having ingredients that are household staples, the better.