Eco-Friendly Spring Cleaning Basics

Posted: March 15th, 2013 by Brad

Spring is finally budding in the Pacific Northwest. This season often motivates people to thoroughly clean their homes.

To get a home truly clean, rather than covered in toxic chemicals, try making your own non-toxic cleaners at home. It’s easy. Basic ingredients found in your kitchen can be used to make non-toxic cleaners for your different cleaning needs.

Five basic ingredients serve as the building blocks for many safe home cleaning needs:

  1. Baking Soda - Cleans and deodorizes. Softens water to increase sudsing and cleaning power of soap. Good scouring powder.
  2. Borax – Cleans and deodorizes. Excellent disinfectant. Softens water. Available in laundry section of grocery store.
  3. Soap – Biodegrades safely and completely and is non-toxic. Available in grocery stores and health food stores. Sold as liquid, flakes, powder or in bars. Bars can be grated to dissolve more easily in hot water. Insist on soap without synthetic scents, colors or other additives.
  4. Washing Soda – Cuts grease and removes stains. Disinfects. Softens water. Available in laundry section of grocery store or in pure form from chemical supply houses as “sodium carbonate.”
  5. White Vinegar or Lemon Juice – Cuts grease and freshens.

We’ll give you more in-depth information on cleaning recipes and specific applications in our April newsletter.

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