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What is Green Cleaning? How Can we do It?

Aug 17, 2008
Green cleaning can have many different interpretationsof the meaning of the world, but the main aspiration of any green cleaning enthusiast is to use the cleaning solutions and methods that keep the environment healthy and safe for us, the family, and the planet. There are an assoretment of different ways in which people can take this aspiration of a cleaner green environment into their homes.

For some people, green cleaning means that you only use substances like baking soda, vinegar, and lemons to clean the home surfaces. Other people may find commercial cleaners that are healthy for the environment. They want to avoid phosphates, chlorine, artificial fragrances, and artificial colours. Many cleaners that are available on the market now , are marketed as being biodegradable.
Other cleaning products may use recycled packaging or donate some of their profit to environmental causes.

You can make certain choices about your cleaning supplies, there is a huge variety of environmentally friendly choices for those who are keen on cleaning green.

If you are interested in cleaning your home with cheap natural materials, then have you looked into using vinegar, baking soda, and lemons?

Because these are cheap and cheerful ways of cleaning your homes, they date back years and years, and would still be used widely if it weren't for all of the commercial cleaning products that are forced down our necks, which are also quite pricey, especially in comparison to the price of a lemon.

There are many ways you can use these three substances around your home with ease;

Vinegar

Adding cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle of your washing machine saves you from buying a separate fabric softener. Vinegar works naturally to soften your laundry and has the added benefit of breaking down laundry detergent very effectively. This means that less detergent sensitive allergies for families that struggle with sensitive skin. Don't be put off by the smell of vinegar, because the smell disappears when the vinegar dries.

Baking Soda

After you are done working out at the gym with your sweaty stinking trainers, put a sachet of baking soda inside them to help absorb the odours until youre ready to wear them again. Wrap some baking soda in a small piece of cloth like a hanker chief and tie it with some string or use a rubber band. You will have your own homemade sachet to use in your trainers, no need for embarrassing smelly trainers now.

You could even fill the toe of a sock with baking soda and tie it off. Leave that sock in your trainers over night, but don't wear the sock after wards.

Lemons;

One use out of many, can be rubbing a lemon onto your wooden cutting boards to clean and deodorize onion and garlic smells and kill any bacteria that maybe living on the wood, this also works well on wooden cutlery and bowls. Go ahead and try it, not only does it work well, it makes your kitchen smell lovely and fresh.
About the Author
Xavier Tikadar is the go green expert at EcoSwitch The environmental social network.
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