Green Cleaning alternatives to Chemical Cleaning
If you look under the sink in the kitchen in many houses you will find a whole cornucopia of toxic chemicals. We are keeping mini chemical factories in our homes for our cleaning. Washing dishes and clothes, cleaning the sink and toilet, doing the laundry, removing grime, tarnish and stains with these products are doing possibly irreparable damage to the environment and endangering the health of people.
☝ If you accidently spill cleaners on your skin you can suffer burns. If you drink them you are poisoned and sometimes fatally if you don’t receive immediate medical treatment. Do you really want phosphates in your laundry detergents that are causing algae bloom that is suffocating life in river, oceans and lakes? Are alkalis, caustics, detergents and strong acids such as oxalic acid really necessary for cleaning? They are health hazards and they damage the environment.
It might be attractive on the TV when you see dirt, bacteria, grime, grease etc. disappear nearly effortlessly because of the chemicals in cleaning products, but the price for reducing a bit of elbow grease and common sense is not worth the cost. Already local authorities are trying to ban phosphates in laundry detergents. It is only a matter of time before the pollution will be such that other similar bans will be enforced against other toxic substances found in cleaning products.
As is often the case, the answers are there in the traditional methods of housekeeping that were common until the Oil revolution swept away all folk wisdom and replaced it with media manipulated consumer sound bites that altered the living patterns of most people in the developed world.
One answer is lemon. Lemon peel oil can be used as a wood cleaner and polish. Lemons contain the natural solvent d-limonene that dissolves wax and grime. Lemon juice and salt (as abrasive) can remove tarnish and clean copper cookware. These are two examples of how to avoid a VOC containing product.
Lemon can also be mixed with baking soda and used to remove stains from plastic and food storage containers. Lemon is also antibacterial on account of its low PH level. However, it is much gentler than strong acids used for cleaning.
👍 Another natural acid good for cleaning is vinegar. It is slightly stronger than lemon and should be diluted with water when used for cleaning. Many people still use diluted vinegar and old newspaper to clean windows. Vinegar dissolves mineral deposits from glass and such appliances as coffee makers. Vinegar can also be used as a solvent for cleaning epoxy resins. It can polish brass and bronze. Moreover, vinegar can be used to clean up pet urine. It has also a long tradition for being used in the garden as a natural herbicide and weed killer.
👍 Finally soap and other natural products such as Chinese soapberry nuts contain saponin. Saponin can do the laundry just as effectively as washing detergents that have phosphates that are becoming a menace to marine life.
Choose soap powder, Maggie’s Soap Nuts, vinegar, baking powder and lemon to do your cleaning of the home and you will make your interior healthier and more environmentally friendly.
Green Cleaning & Using Natural Cleaning Products