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A Green Look At Cleaning

Jan 12, 2008
Keeping your home clean is a chore we all have to face. From windows to floors and everything in between, we all need to use various cleaning products to keep our home's surfaces free of dirt and germs. But do we really know just what sort of chemicals are lurking in our cleaners?

Household cleansers are often made with tons of different chemicals, most of which are pointed towards accomplishing one goal in cleaning or another. One example is bleach, or sodium hypochlorite, a potentially deadly chemical which can burn and damage human skin and other tissues.

Then there are detergents - dish detergents and laundry detergents. These are often harmful not necessarily because of what they can do to humans directly, but because of what they can do to the environment. Many detergents contain petroleum based items that do not biodegrade.

There are other cleaning solutions that also have problems that are in our houses. Surface cleaners can be loaded with ammonia, and furniture polishes may have formaldehyde running through their containers. Even air fresheners can contain nerve damaging ingredients that are released with a spray.

So, what can you use in place of all of these harmful chemicals? While you can't stop using cleaning products entirely, you can often find kinder alternatives to the harsh chemicals found in the supermarket aisles by making up your own recipes and taking a cue from mother nature.

Sometimes, you can make up your own cleaners from common items you may already have in your home. Vinegar is a prime example, and so is baking soda. Both can be used as whiteners instead of bleach. To get a disinfectant property, however, you will need to buy some Earth safe disinfectant.

Many of these brands also make laundry detergents and dish detergents that are free of petroleum and potentially carcinogenic materials. They also avoid phosphates, which are caustic materials that can be very harmful if swallowed. Instead, natural detergents are made from plants and are gentle.

There are other ways to polish your furniture and keep your metal objects shiny as well. Toothpaste can be used for shining up your good silver, for example. To keep your wood furniture looking its best, a combination of olive oil and vinegar works great, or some lemon oil can really make things shine.

Choosing to use green and Earth friendly cleaning products may take a little more effort than just picking up a bottle of cleaner at the local grocery store, but it is worth it to have the peace of mind that you are being kind to the environment. You're also being kind to yourself and your family!
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Aazdak Alisimo writes about home cleaning maids , their scope of services and other issues for HomeCleaningMaids.com.
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