When you’re concerned about the environment, you’re concerned about the kinds of things that you are using to clean up your spaces. In many cases, the things that we use to combat germs and dirt are far worse, far more damaging to us and to the world around us than the germs and bacteria that we’re trying to combat.
The vast array of cleaning fluids and supplies today provide for a lot of residue and may not be as healthy as we’d like them to be. Most don’t break down easily or well and many have a half life that is on a par with plutonium… okay so maybe that’s an exaggeration, but you get our drift.
Did you know that you can create a cleaning method that is nearly residue free and will provide real anti bacterial help for your home. You can even clean pet odors and pet accidents with some common everyday things that come from your kitchen.
Just a few of the things that can help you to clean your home and do so in a way that is bactericidal include lemon juice, ordinary vinegar and even lavender essential oil.
Lavendar provides for the death of certain types of bacteria and may be able to eliminate some common household germs without leaving a high residue that will introduce toxins into your environment.
Plain household vinegar can also kill germs and more, it can easily remove some of the more common household scents and odors that are unpleasant. Just a simple solution of one part vinegar and three parts water can clean your home and kill germs that can cause sickness from your counter top and your floors while leaving a very fresh scent.
In the laundry vinegar will soften clothing and will provide for it to be cleaner and whiter.
Ordinary baking soda will create one of the best ways to deodorize your carpet and not inject toxins into your home environment where pets and children are playing. Take a few teaspoons of baking soda and put them into a plastic or paper cup and drop one drop of lavender oil or another food grade essential oil into it . allow it to dry and then fluff it into the baking soda. Drop the scenting baking soda into a full box of baking soda and shake it around. It makes a wonderfully scented carpet sprinkle for use when you vacuum. Store in a plastic bag to keep the scent strong and fresh.
These are just a few of the ways that you can clean and freshen your home using low residue or green cleaning supplies that cost less, don’t poison your environment and will be real time savers when it comes to cleaning. Keep watching for some further recipes for green cleaning supplies that will save you time and money.