Tuesday March 26, 2013
Green cleaning: a passing trend or a truly better way to clean? We decided to provide you with a breakdown of the facts so that you can formulate your own opinion regarding yourtownhome in Dallas.Regardless, one thing is certain: “green cleaning” is less expensive and much simpler – as practicallyalmosteverything can be cleaned efficiently using the same household products. Vinegar, baking soda, and a warm rag(s) alone can perform the same jobs as toilet bowl cleaners, mildew removers, and other room-specific products – so you can put away the cleaning caddy.Conventional Cleaning Product Facts:Mixing certain chemicals (like ammonia and bleach/chlorine) together create extremely toxic vapors.Store-bought products are capable of creating a level of indoor pollution that surpasses outdoor pollution.Solutions:All-Purpose Cleaner:(vinegar + baking soda + warm water)Distilled white vinegar: This kitchen staple cuts grease, kills 99 percent of bacteria and 80 percent of viruses; making it the ultimate all-purpose cleaner.Baking soda: Baking soda is similar to what we know as Comet or Ajax – it scours, cleans and eliminates odors.Wood Polish:(lemon juice + olive oil + water)Lemon juice:Believe it or not, simple lemon juice has high antibacterial properties.Olive oil:Hydrates the surface and leaves a rich shineCombine juice from lemon with one tablespoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of water and apply to a soft cloth before polishing wood.*Make sure lemon juice stays away from any brass materialsBonus:Leftover lemon slices can be ground in the garbage disposal and serve as a deodorantDid you know…?You can dust an oil painting with a slice of white bread? Simply use it to dab the surface and pick up dust and other grime.Club soda works great on stainless-steel sinks with scuff marks.Rubbing alcohol erases permanent marker stains and streaks from solid-surface countertops and finished wood floors.You can place a few drops of your favorite essential oil inside the cardboard portion of a toilet paper roll to maintain a fresh bathroom scent. A little of fragrance is released each time the toilet paper is used.