Many people welcome the warmer spring weather by thoroughly cleaning their homes. If that’s a tradition in your household, it may be time to switch from conventional cleaning products to ones that are “green.” Why? Because, unfortunately, many of the conventional products that are being used in homes today contain toxic ingredients that could be bad for your health. If you would prefer to clean without creating an unhealthy environment for your loved ones and friends, consider taking the following steps:
Use Vinegar to Create Environmentally Friendly Products
Distilled white vinegar can be used in a variety of ways. For example, you can create a wonderful window cleaner by mixing equal parts of water and vinegar together in a spray bottle. Vinegar can also be used to clean your no-wax floors. Just add approximately four cups of white distilled vinegar to a gallon of warm water, then use this solution to mop with. If you’re not a fan of the way vinegar smells, add a drop or two of lemon oil.
Make a Natural Furniture Polish
You can create an environmentally friendly wood polish by mixing equal parts of olive oil and lemon juice. Then, use a soft cloth to rub this homemade polish into your furniture. Because this polish can get rancid, it is best to make it fresh before each use.
Use Microfiber Cloths
According to the University of Southern Illinois, Americans toss out approximately 1,609 pounds per person each year. So instead of using disposable cloths to dust your furniture with, consider investing in microfiber ones that can be washed and reused. It may be a small step, but the less trash that enters our landfills the better.
Clean Your Oven Naturally
Apply a thick paste of baking soda and water to the bottom of your oven and allow it to sit for several hours. When dry, scrape off the mixture, then thoroughly clean off any residual paste.
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