Avoid Free Radicals with Green Cleaning Tips
What are common toxins found in typical household products?According to the National Institute of occupational Safety and Health, one-third of all substances that contain fragrances could be considered toxic. Many common, commercial household cleaners pose a threat. Drain and oven cleaners can sometimes contain corrosive chemicals that can severely damage the eyes and skins. If ingested mistakenly, the throat and esophagus can be affected. Classified as having high acute toxicity, products containing bleach with ammonia can lead to inhalation of dangerous fumes. These chemicals cause irritation to the eyes, nose and throat. Items like detergents and fabric softeners contain fragrances that affect the respiratory system and trigger allergy or asthma symptoms. All-purpose cleaners can have long term effects on a person’s health. Contaminants like diethanolamine and triethanolamine can cause damage to the brain and nervous system. Many of the most common household cleaning products can be substituted for greener alternatives.
What are the top green cleaning products?
Many of the green cleaning ingredients perform on the same level as the leading commercial cleaners. Creating and formulating your own cleaning solutions using these top ingredients listed below will help you meet most of your cleaning needs.
- Distilled white vinegar
- Baking soda
- Lemon juice
- Eucalyptus oil
- Rubbing alcohol
Green cleaning hacks
Soap scumWhite vinegar is mixed with water in a 50/50 combination to remove scum. It is applied to the soap scum, allowed to settle for several minutes, and then it is removed.
Sink stainsBaking soda applied as a thin layer to a porcelain sink, toilet or other surface can fade stains. The application should be allowed to rest for several minutes prior to being wiped off completely.
A new air freshenerLemon juice and water combined can be used to remove odors. The solution can also be used for other forms of cleaning; some use it as an all-purpose cleaner.
Windows and mirrorsMix 2 cups of water, ½ cup of white vinegar and 1/5 cup of rubbing alcohol. This solution can include orange or lemon for a great smell.
Oven cleanerTake ½ cup of ammonia and mix it with water in a one-gallon pitcher. This is a great ways to remove tough grime and grease from grills.
Add 1.6 ounces of eucalyptus oil to a spray bottle containing water. Use this to clean and sanitize surfaces throughout the home. Families are safe when exposed to greener cleaning solutions. When proactive family members begin to learn more about the various solutions available to them, they typically find that most, if not all, of their cleaning supplies can be switched out. A cleaner, greener formulation protects the vulnerable most at risk for developing chronic conditions.
For more, check out these commercial cleaning tips.