Let’s face it … we live in an age where corporate enterprise sells us everything for our home right down to what we use to wash the floor.
“The cost of commercial, chemical-based products can be high — long term health concerns for the family, and environmental pollution caused by their manufacture and disposal,” explains eartheasy.com.
But, times are a changin’ and there is a grass roots movement demanding a more natural way of life, including cleaning supplies. Let’s take a look …
Do you remember what grandma used to use on her floors? I will give you a hint; you also use it to cook with.
“What?” you say? Well, yes not only can you put it in your mouth, you can clean surfaces with it as well.
#1. White Vinegar!
One of the number one most natural cleaning supplies is vinegar. Simply dilute it with water in a spray bottle for counters or in a pale with water for the floors.
If the smell bothers you feel free to add a few drops of essential oils, peppermint or eucalyptus to counter the smell.
Vinegar is a natural cleaning agent. One of the best parts is it cleans the bad bacterial, and leaves the good bacterial, so your body’s immune system stays nice and strong – still able to create antibodies. Some of these crazy superbugs are created because anti-bacterial agents kill off all bacteria, even the ones we need to keep around to help us fight bugs.
#2 Baking Soda!
This one is a great odor eliminator. Use it to clean out the fridge, the garbage can, the pantry, anywhere an unpleasant smell may linger – like bad company.
Sprinkle baking soda on the area you want to clean and wipe/scrub it with a wet cloth. Also good to clean mildew off grout in the shower.
#3. Lemon Juice
You got it, that lovely little citrus fruit is great for surface cleaning. The acidity of the juice kills bad bacteria, just like vinegar does. This is great for cleaning cutting boards while you are cooking (it even kills chicken bacteria), and counter tops.
Squeeze some out on the surface you want to clean and wipe with a clean cloth.
Other effective cleaners include corn starch and biodegradable soap in liquid, powder, bar or flake form (no petroleum distillates though).
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