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Healthier and Cheeper Cleaning

Updated on November 9, 2015
You don't really need all of these do you?
You don't really need all of these do you?

Cleaning Alternatives

Americans spend millions on house cleaning products each year! In addition to being expensive some cleaning products are harmful especially if a baby or toddler, an elderly person, a family member with asthma or other health issues, and pets live in the home. Question: Is there an safer and healthy method to keep the house clean with out harmful chemicals? The answer is YES! Yes, Virginia there is.

A Clean Healthy Kitchen and Bath

The kitchen and bathrooms are perhaps the most uses rooms in the whole house. In my home the kitchen is the place family and friends hang out and, of naturally, visits to the bathroom will follow. Keeping these high traffic rooms clean is a never ending task and we have a wide selection of cleaning products to choose from, seriously, there are hundreds of products promising to clean this or disinfect that and all claim to be environmentally friendly. Personally I preferred to buy the "extra strength" stuff for those "hard to remove stains" until my health nut cousin paid a visit and was shocked to know I used store bought cleaning products! She shared her great ideas on how to clean, save money, and make the whole house smell fresh by using products I already had. Here is an example:

  • Distilled white vinegar can dissolve dirt, soap scum. and hard water deposit. It is natural deodorizers not cover them up. I had no idea distilled white vinegar has so many uses until I visited www.versatilevinegar.org.
  • Baking soda is another item in the pantry with many uses. You probable have an open box of baking soda in your refrigerator to absorb orders, but don't stop there! Sprinkle baking soda on your carpet. Let it sit for a couple of hours and vacuum. Baking soda is a mild abrasive so is good for removing stains. For more cleaning tips on cleaning with baking soda, log on to www.armandhammer.com/bakingsoda.
  • Bleach is a great stain remover and disinfectant but BEWARE bleach removes color too so make sure the bleach is applied only where you want it and not on your clothes or bath towels. Bleach can all carry other health hazards especially to pregnant ladies and those with breathing issues. Readers Digest has cleaning ideas and warnings on www.rd.com/home/cleaning.
  • Lemons are wonderful! I love the smell of a fresh lemon. Lemon rind can be used to remove stains, clean the microwave, or keep the garbage disposal smelling fresh. I found www.thekitchen.com/10-ways-to-use-a-lemon to have be a great source. Hey buy a few extra lemons and enjoy a delicious glass of lemonade while cleaning.
  • Isopropyl alcohol is another product commonly found in the home. Alcohol is a necessary in a first aid kit but all so is great for keeping windows and mirrors shinny clean. While you are on the Reader's Digest web site go to 12-ways-to-clean-with-rubbing-alcohol-I think you will be amazed! For example, did you know alcohol could be used to remove ice from your car's windows?

Yes! There are many alternative ways to have a clean healthy home and save money.

Happy Cleaning!





Cleaning substitutes

Actually there are may substitutes to conventional cleaning products. Among them is white vinegar, lemons, bleach, baking powder, and alcohol...isopropyl alcohol, not the stuff you drink. Here are a few suggestions:









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