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Green Cleaning Products

Mon, 22 Oct 2012 by Polycorp

Why not consider stopping the use of potentially harmful household cleaners and try using everyday household items for cleaning?  Many commercially prepared cleaning products contain toxic chemicals which can, among other things, aggravate allergies or have negative respiratory effects.  And don’t forget that everything you use for cleaning ends up going down the drain and into the water supply.    Polycorp suggests these products for cleaning your new homes in Halifax, the green way.  (Hint: test a small area first just to be sure you’re happy with the results).

Baking soda – It’s useful for more than just an ingredient in your toothpaste or deodorizing your runners, closet, hamper and fridge.  It’s tough on grease and is effective in different areas of your home.  To clean up grease on your stainless steel, stove and cutting boards, make a paste of water and baking soda and let it sit awhile before wiping it up.

Vinegar – This all-purpose cleaner can be used on many items and surfaces.  All you have to do is mix water and vinegar together and put it into a spray bottle to start cleaning.   Combine one cup of vinegar and one gallon of warm water to mop up your floors.  Avoid using vinegar on wood, tile grout and marble.

Rubbing Alcohol – Move over grime, rubbing alcohol is perfect for cleaning outdoor furniture.  A mixture of rubbing alcohol and witch hazel can also be used for cleaning your glasses and new homes in Halifax mirrors.  Because of its flammable nature, do not use rubbing alcohol on toasters, overs or stoves. 

Lemons – This yellow citrus fruit packs a powerful punch.  Undiluted lemon juice can be used to polish up copper and brass.  Lemon juice also helps get rid of stains and helps to clean glass.  One way to clean your pots and pans is to cut a lemon in half, spray your pots and pans with water, add a dash of salt and then scrub it with the lemon.

Baking soda and vinegar – These two can unclog your new homes in Halifax tub drain when mixed together.  Put ½ cup of baking soda down your drain followed by a ½ cup of vinegar.  Next, cover your drain with a small glass and let it sit over night or during the day while you’re at work. Then run hot water down the drain and it is sure to be unclogged.  Baking soda and white vinegar is also perfect for cleaning out and deodorizing your garbage disposal.

There are plenty of commercially made green cleaning products on the market if you prefer to try them.   There’s an interesting blog by the Queen of Green all about what makes a “good” home cleaner label.  The Queen of Green also has a great list of green cleaning recipes – check it out!


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