Thinking Green

Organic Household Cleaners

By: Danny Lipford

One way to reduce potentially harmful chemicals present in your home is to replace chemical cleaners with natural organic ones.

  • Vinegar is one of the best natural cleaners. Simply fill a spray bottle with a solution of one part vinegar to one part water and use it to clean, deodorize, and disinfect many areas of your home.
  • Lemon juice is great for dissolving soap scum and water deposits in bathrooms.
  • Baking soda makes an effective cleaning paste. To make a natural scrub brush, sprinkle baking soda on half a cut lemon and hold it by the rind while scrubbing.

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Keeping the air clean is one of the many goals of environmentalists. Now, you may not be able to do too much to affect the air outside, but you can make a big difference in the air quality inside your home by getting rid of all those chemical cleaners. Here are a couple of truly green ways to keep your home spic-and-span, save money and keep the air clean. Vinegar is one of the most natural all-purpose cleaners you can use. Fill a clean spray bottle with a solution of one part vinegar and one part water and you’ve got a cleaner that will also disinfect and deodorize most areas of your home. Another idea is to use lemon juice. It easily dissolves soap scum and hard water deposits. Mix it with baking soda to make a cleaning paste. You can also cut a lemon in half, sprinkle baking soda on the cut end and use the lemon as a natural scrub brush!



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  • Joyce Bissell Says:
    September 27th, 2008 at 9:59 am

    I think it’s a wonderful thing that you are informing people of alternatives to chemicals.
    Neighbors next door tried to kill the unwanted vegetation in their yard by using chemicals. The husband was rushed to the ER when his throat started to close up. They wanted the easy way out instead of going out there and cutting and pulling. Well, they almost had a tragedy.


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