You can easily make a number of eco friendly products to use instead of other damaging chemical household cleaners. Laundry detergent is made from petrochemicals and may contain other bleaches and synthetic whiteners that are damaging to the skin. The petrochemical base itself means that you are using up non renewable resources and damaging the ecology. A lot of cleaners contain ammonia, which is irritating to the lungs and can cause rash and burns. The same is true of the chlorine in most commercial dishwashing detergents. Read on to learn how to avoid all these damaging products, but still keep your house and appliances looking clean and working like new.
A Cleaner for Everything
- 4 cups warm water
- 1 tsp. liquid soap
- 1 tsp. borax
- ¼ cup white vinegar
Mix in a spray bottle and use to clean floors, walls, countertops and even carpets and upholstery. This is a general purpose cleaner that is eco-friendly and does not contain ammonia or other chemicals that cleaners normally include.
In a spray bottle, mix together:
- 1 part warm water
- 1 part white vinegar
Spray on glass to clean streaks and even mildew. Use a newspaper to clean the glass. This is guaranteed to remove all the stains and have your glass gleaming. If you are sensititive to vinegar, make an equally effective solution with:
- 2 tbsp. lemon juice
- 4 cups warm water
Clogging of drains is a constant problem for most householders. You can make your own eco-friendly drain cleaner instead of using those store products that contain a lot of unfriendly substances. Use boiling water to dissolve:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1 cup vinegar
Pour the resultant mixture down the drain that is clogged. Leave it for some time, and then flush out the drain with hot tap water. Continue the treatment till the clog breaks and flush the drain with the hot water. If you then flush the drain once a week with some boiling water, your drain will remain unclogged for a long time.
Scouring Stubborn Surfaces
Sprinkle borax, baking soda or salt on a damp sponge. Scour the stubborn surface and then rinse it. If the stain is stubborn, clean it with half a lemon dipped in borax, and leave the stain to absorb this. It will soon go off once you use your sponge again.
Cleaning Tiles and Linoleum
To clean tiles and linoleum, add together:
- ½ cup vinegar
- 1 gallon hot water
If you do this regularly you will find your tiles and linoleum always gleaming.
Cleaning Toilet Bowls
This is an area that most house owners are very fastidious about and can easily be kept clean with some of our eco friendly products. Put about a quarter of a cup of borax in the toilet bowl and let it remain there overnight. If you want instant results, put a half cup of borax in a gallon of water and use that solution to clean up the toilet bowl.
You can locate dry cleaners in your area that would use eco-friendly methods to clean your clothes or garments.
Refrain from using paper towels and use durable cotton cloth to assist you in your cleaning. This is an eco-friendly gesture.