Safer Ways to Clean and Save Some Green

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Dower Real Estate, LLC. TX Broker-526743

Green Cleaning Solutions You Can Make At Home

Recently I took the GREEN Designation course from NAR and it was great. One thing I found helpful to anyone whether you are a buyer, seller, renter or living with family everyone has to clean the house from time to time. What a better way to save money than making your own natural green cleaners that save both the environment and your hard earned dollars. In the US, 1 in 3 people suffer from allergies, asthma, sinusitis or bronchitis. If you suffer from these conditions, you should avoid harsh commercial cleaners and use natural solutions.

Now I have to admit I hardly enjoy cleaning my house but having great products makes the job easier. I am sure at one time or another you purchased one of those fancy cleaners from the grocery store and once opened wow what a harsh toxic event ahead of you. Well no need for that bad unhealthy experience anymore. Here are a few of my favorites that I use to clean my household surfaces. Try them they really work.

White Vinegar - Very cheap a 64oz bottle costs around a dollar and you can use it to cut grease, remove mildew and odors along with some stains and wax build up. Just mix it 50/50 with water and get to cleaning.

Borax- This is made of Sodium Borate and it easily cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, painted walls and makes floors shine.

Lemon- One of nature's strongest food acids is very effective against most household bacteria. I use this to clean my counter tops after heavy cooking and it also neutralizes any smell from your garbage disposal.

Baking Soda - Mix with water to form a paste and use to scour your pots and pans or to clean the soap scum off the shower fixtures and walls.

Here are some safe household remedies to use especially if you have pets.

Carpet stains - Mix equal parts white vinegar and water into a spray bottle. Spray directly on the stain, let it sit for several minutes, and clean with a brush or sponge using warm soapy water. For a heavy duty carpet cleaner mix ¼ cup of each salt, borax and vinegar. Rub paste into carpet and leave for a few hours. Then vacuum.

Moths- Did you know that mothballs are made of paradichlorobenzene, which is harmful to liver and kidneys. Try making a natural moth repelling sachet out of lavender, rosemary, vetiver and rose petals. Your closet will smell better and no moth holes in your favorite sweater or that nasty moth ball smell.

I hope you find this information helpful and I encourage everyone to look at green solutions for your day to day cleaning needs. It is easier than you think to clean green.

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