Today is Earth Day and billions of people will join in efforts around the world to create awareness and give tips for saving our planet. We at Baty & Associates, LLC want to do our part in spreading the word to help save our environment. In support of Earth Day we’re also going to give you some tips for Going Green.
To decrease the amount of toxic chemicals being dumped into our environment, you can make your own cleaning supplies. In addition, this will benefit your health since you won’t be ingesting toxic fumes from chemically created cleaning products.
There are many natural and inexpensive alternatives you can use to clean your home. Following is a list of environment-friendly products you’ll need to make your own cleaning supplies:
Liquid unscented soap
Lemon juice or lemons
Combine ½ cup vinegar, ¼ cup baking soda or 2 teaspoons borax with ½ gallon water. You can use this to remove water deposit stains in showers, bathroom and kitchen chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc.
Use the microfiber cleaning cloths with any cleaning you do. Some cleaning can be done without chemicals because these cloths are formulated to penetrate and trap dirt, so you can use them to dust and wipe off counters. If you invest in quality cloths, they will last you for years.
There are different solutions for making your own air fresheners. You can leave small bowls around your house with baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice to absorb odors. House plants also help reduce odors in home. When you’re cooking, simmer 1 tablespoon of vinegar in 1 cup water while you cook.
You can grind up lemon slices in the garbage disposal for periodic fresheners in the kitchen. Simmer cinnamon and water or other spices on the stove. Use fragrant dried flowers and herbs in decoration bowls throughout your home. Sprinkle essential oils on cotton balls and hide them in every room, out of reach of children. You can even use a cotton ball with essential oil for a car air freshener.
Mold & Mildew
Mix two parts water with 1 part 3 percent hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle. Spray on mold and mildew and let it sit one hour before rinsing.
For stains, mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray it on stains and let it sit for 10 minutes, then scrub with a brush and warm soapy water. For grease stains, sprinkle corn starch and wait 15 to 30 minutes then vacuum. For a heavy duty carpet cleaner, mix ¼ cup of borax, ¼ cup salt, and ¼ cup vinegar to form a paste. Rub it on to your carpet and leave it for a few hours, then vacuum.
Dishwasher Soap & Dishwashing Soap
Mix equal parts washing soda and borax for your dishwasher. If you have hard water, increase the amount of washing soda. Use liquid unscented soaps for dishwashing liquid. For tough jobs, add 2 or 3 tablespoons of vinegar to the warm soapy water.
Mix 3 cups hot water, ¼ teaspoon liquid castile soap, 2 teaspoons borax, and 4 tablespoons vinegar.