Let’s face it – we all know a clean, organized home simply makes us feel better, both physically and psychologically.
Beside uplifting our moods, green cleaning can improve our immune systems. Many cleaning products release harmful chemicals promoting poor air quality in our homes. Using green cleaning products, however, can improve indoor air quality. We spend at least half of each day indoors, where our air quality could be two to five times worse then outdoors.
Where to begin?
You can start slowly. You don’t have to throw away all your cleaning products or spend a lot of money. Make one small change at a time. For example, when you run out of your regular glass cleaner, you can replace it with a greener option.
Here are some simple cleaning recipes using inexpensive products you may have in your home right now:
Mix together ¼ cup white vinegar with 1 quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray on glass and wipe with a lint-free cloth. Note: you can add more vinegar for stubborn areas.
Mix together 2 cups white vinegar with 2 cups water, and lemon or eucalyptus essential oil (optional). You can use this on hard surfaces, such as counter tops and kitchen floors.
Sprinkle a toilet brush with baking soda to scrub your toilet clean. You can use borax occasionally to disinfect. To clean the outside of your toilet, just wipe with vinegar.
Essential oils in a diffuser or a few drops on a cotton ball work wonders as an air freshener. You can also mix essential oils with baking soda as a carpet deodorizer. Opening a window can eliminate orders as well. Indoor air is usually 2- 5 times, and at times 100 times more polluted than outdoor air according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
With boiling water, baking soda, and vinegar: pour the boiling water down the drain followed by 1 cup of baking soda followed by a cup of white vinegar mixed with a cup of water. Cover the drain with the plug and wait for 5 minutes then flush the drain with boiling water.
If you choose to buy your green cleaning products, Eco-Max, Nature Clean and Dr. Bronner’s pure castile soap have a great rating with no known or suspected hazards to health or the environment.