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Natural Cleaners For Home
Going Green beyond Recycling, Reusing, and Reducing
When we think about Going Green, Saving the Planet, helping Mother Earth we sometimes over look the small details. Often the small details can make the greatest impact for example using natural cleaners for the home. The Earth is our greatest resource, a resource to happiness, with out the beauty of nature our lives would be so dead. Imagine a life with out forests, mountains, rivers, and the ocean and all the critters that live there. Imagine a earth stripped of the eco system. Yes we could not survive with out. No one can live without it, but yet we abuse it, we make excessive use of its resources, we pollute it, we are harming not only the survival of future generations, but the existence of the present one. Our job, no our duty it to preserve, stop polluting, do all that we can to save Mother Earth.
The Famous Country Band "Alabama" has a song called "Pass it on Down"
"We live in the land of plenty
But many things aren't plenty anymore
Like the water from our sink
They say's not safe to drink
You gotta go and buy it at the store
Now we're told there's a hole in the ozone
Look what's washing on the beach
And Lord, I believe, from the heavens to the seas
We're bringing Mother Nature to her knees
So let's leave some blue up above us
Let's leave some green on the ground
It's only ours to borrow, let's save some for tomorrow
Leave it and pass it on down"
As stated above we all know the 3 R's and very large amount of people live it. I want to bring awareness outside of the 3 R box. Natural cleaners for the home, and eco friendly cleaners and the impact of not using them.
I want to credit the beautiful mother earth picture to http://kalikasan08.wordpress.com I absolutely love it.
Not using Natural Cleaners for home
the impact on the planet
This is probably the most overlooked thing we the inhabitants of earth can do to help the planet. That is buying natural cleaners for home or eco friendly cleaners. The reason I feel that this is an important issue is "what exactly are you washing down the drain?" We dont realize that when we clean with harsh cleaners it goes somewhere. We wash our clothes, our dishes, our toilet, sinks, bathrooms, ourselves, and our pets. Some of us even wash our cars, houses, patio furniture, and numerous other items outside.
What are the chemicals we are using to do all this cleaning? Honestly we dont know, some of the chemicals we can not pronounce. What ever they are, they are going into our eco system. Whether it be through a septic tank, sewer, dumping buckets out on the ground, or even washing things outside. These harsh chemicals find its way into our enviroment.
Not using Natural cleaners for Home
So that means Bambi, Flower, and Thumper drink our waste, and at times eat the chemicals that get absorbed into the plants. Well dont forget little Nemo swimming around, and then passes right through a mirky cloud of cleaning solvents floating in the rivers, and lakes.
The next time you are in your pantry, garage, or cleaning cabinet look at your cleaners. Seperate the enviromental safe cleaners from the harsh cleaners, and I bet the harsh cleaners win. Dont feel bad, the many years I have been practicing the 3 R's not once did I think about what I was cleaning with until about a year ago.
Unfortunatley there are not many natural cleaners for home, or office on the shelves today that are enviromentally safe. So we need to be aware of what we are cleaning with. So when we do flush it, pour it down the drain, dump it outside, or clean outside items we dont have to worry about where it is going. Because with natural cleaners for home or office, or eco friendly rated products the Bambis and Nemos will not be harmed.
Polar Bears in Copenhagen
pollutants causes weak bones
Organic pollutants used in the industry is changing the bones of polar bears in E. Greenland, stated a Danish wildlife veterinarian and toxicologist. This is caused by the presence of toxic chemicals in the Arctic. This will likely affect the animals' fertility and reproductive success, said Christian Donne at conference on Arctic climate change and pollution in Copenhagen. But this is not just affecting polar bears, said Sonne who works at the National Environmental Research Institute of Denmark. People and other animals in Canada's Arctic may also be at risk of effects from these pollutants. He did state the toxic cocktail becomes somewhat lower as you head west from Greenland across the Arctic region.
Polar bears from East Greenland are among the most polluted species in the Arctic. This is because their diet depends on contaminant-loaded blubber from ringed and bearded seals. Then with the warming climate combined with this may be disastrous to the survival of the species. The latest research shows East Greenland polar bear bones are getting weaker. A wide sample of polar bears from 1983 to 2001 was used for this study. Also studies were done at museums to analyze samples from polar bears captured as far back as 120 years ago. Bone weakness reveals the amount of stress that an organism experiences, Sonne said. In East Greenland, that stress can be related to contaminants, temperature, precipitation, and decreasing sea ice. These all influence health, he said.
Sonne's study established a link between bone density and the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), toxins used in the industry. Because the polar bears are highly adapted to their Arctic, they're also highly vulnerable to environmental changes. This makes them an "excellent global thermometer" for showing changes in the enviroment. The bone density decrease was severe in some of the adult male polar bears he studied. In fact, their bones were in such bad shape that those polar bears could develop chronic osteoporosis, which leads to bone fractures and deformities, he said.
Sonne also studied reproduction organs in both the male and female polar bears. The study showed the that there will be great impacts on polar bear fertility and reproduction. The latest research shows that sled dogs are also damaged by contaminants from a diet heavy in marine mammal blubber, because it appears to weaken their immune system. This would make the dogs more susceptible to infectious disease.
This is just one study that made the head line recently about toxins, chemicals, and pollutants being washed into the ecosystem. This is just one factory causing this. Now imagine what millions are doing with their house hold cleaners and chemicals flushing them down the drain, or dumping them outside.
What Can I Do To Help
Natural Cleaners for Home
After reading article after article of how Mother Earth is being destroyed it gets depressing. And for me to add any more isnt really helping. So how can I help? Well I can make you aware of natural cleaners for home use, and enviromentally friendly cleaners. Yes they are out there, and some are more expensive then others. There are also companies that claim to be natural, safe, enviromentally friendly, but in reality they arent. But I am not going to go on a company bash here. The truth will come out.
Instead I am going to telly you what you can do. Open your cleaning cabinet and take out all your cleaners. The ones that dont say enviromentally friendly, natural cleaners for home, eco friendly, bambi safe, put them in a box and get rid of them. If you look in your directory you will find a waste disposal site for unwanted chemicals. Them get in your car and take them there.
Next step in helping to save mother earth is buying natural cleaners for home, enviromentally friendly cleaners, eco friendly cleaners, or what ever else you want to call the good guys.
What To Look For When Buying Natural Cleaners for Home.
The Natural Cleaner
When buying natural cleaners for home there are a few things to look for. You can do this by reading the label or description on the bottle or do some research on the company. The things to look for:
ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH
-All ingredients are biodegradable or break down into harmless natural elements.
-Biodegrades without forming micro toxins.
-Contains no hazardous ingredients as per OSHA regulations.
-Free of petroleum distillates, butyl ether, ammonia, chlorine, phosphates, benzene, pine oil, or strong acids.
-Free of all known or suspected carcinogens.
-Gray water and septic tank safe.
-Biodegradable without effluent treatment process.
-Contains no animal ingredients.
-Has not been tested on animals.
-Ozone Treated Water (for purification),
-Sodium Citrate (a reaction of citric acid from fermented corn and sodium hydroxide),
-Citric Acid (from fermented corn),
-Non-Ionic Detergent (from corn derived ethanol and natural oils),
-D-Limonene (pesticide residue free, distilled from orange rind oil),
-Amphoteric Detergent (from coconut and/or palm kernel oil),
-Amine Oxide (from coconut, palm kernel, and or/soy bean oil). Contains no preservatives.
When you see this on the bottle, or from the company that produces these natural cleaners for home you know then you have a safe cleaner.
If you are interested in a product that I use because I love helping the ecosystem then let me point you in the right direction. The cleaners I use is called The Natural Cleaner. They have everything from Hair shampoo, to toilet bowl cleaners. I use them regularly to wash my body, and to clean my toilet. Well I dont wash my body with the toilet cleaner, but I hope you know what I meant.
Customers who are helping the enviroment choose The natural All Purpose Cleaner
"Our company has been using The Natural All-Purpose Cleaner for over four years now. It has no hazardous chemicals and my employees love the fresh orange scent. Your cleaner is truly an all in one product that works on every surface in our bakery from floors, walls, equipment, counters, baking pans and dishes."
- B. Rooden
The Natural Pet Shampoo provides lots of lather yet rinses easily. Gentle enough for frequent use and eco friendly.
DIY Natural Cleaners for Home
making your own safe Cleaners
At times we might not have the money to replace all our toxic cleaners right away. So instead of buying a whole cabinet full of natural cleaners for home you can use what you already have, lying around in the food pantry, and even in the fridge. You can even combine some of them together and have an all purpose cleaner, with a mixture you can have a great window cleaner as well.
Six 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.
-is abrasive cleanser that is excellent at dissolving dirt, mildew, grease, and even wax. It also acts as a natural deodorizer.
-is great for removing dirt and grime
-4 tablespoons mixed with 1 quart warm water and shaken makes a great all purpose spray you can use on anything from the bathtub to the fridge
-add 1/2 cup to the rinse cycle instead of fabric softeners as well as help remove odors from clothes.
-wet stains on the oven and then shake baking soda over them, scrub with steel wool and watch even old rust stains disappear
-place a box in the refrigerator and freezer to absorb odor
-sprinkle it your carpet before vacuuming to eliminate food and pet odors.
-neutralize food and cat litter odors by sprinkling it at the bottom of the garbage and litter box
-use it to clean and polish metals and plastics
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 chemical supply houses as "sodium carbonate."
5:White Vinegar - Cuts grease and freshens.
-Vinegar is a natural disinfectant and deodorizer and is a great all purpose cleaner, on anything but marble. The strong smell will disappear when it dries.
-mix 1 part water to 1 part vinegar for an all purpose cleaner that you can use on the stove, appliances, & counter tops, stone and brick surfaces
-add Â½ cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle instead of fabric softener
-pour vinegar around the inside rim of the toilet bowl and scrub to get rid of rings
-mop the flour in the bathroom with a vinegar diluted with water
-add a couple teaspoons to a spray bottle filled with water for window cleaner
6: Lemon Juice - Cuts grease and freshens
-acidic, using lemons adds antibacterial and antiseptic properties and is also a natural bleaching agent, use it for:
-dissolving soap scum and hard water deposits
-clean & shine brass and copper with lemon juice. A lemon cut in half and dipped in salt is good for cleaning spots off copper fixtures
-put a whole lemon peel through the garbage disposal to freshen the drain and kitchen
-pour lemon juice on white linens & clothes and allow them to dry in the sun to bleach away stains
Now when you combine some of these together you can have an all purpose cleaner, and or a window cleaner.
All Purpose Cleaner:
1 tsp. liquid soap (castile, peppermint)
1 tsp. borax
Squeeze of lemon
1 qt. warm water
2 tsp. vinegar
1 qt. warm water
Mix together: 1/4 c. baking soda
2 tbsp. salt
Hot water, as needed to make a paste.
Let paste sit for 5 minutes. Caution: Keep off wires/heating elements.
2 tbsp. liquid soap
2 tsp. borax
1 qt. warm water
Spray on oven and wait 20 minutes, then clean.
1/4 c baking soda down the drain, followed by
1/2 c. vinegar
Cover drain and let sit for 15 minutes. Follow with 2 qts. boiling water.
There are many ways to use the 6 ingredients to clean your home. I also have been told that skim milk can be used as a floor or furniture polish. I dont see why not. Caution if you have cats, they may go around licking everything you polish. (Cat owners beware.)