Cleaning List MUST HAVES
Chlorine bleach, while effective at killing germs and whitening clothes, is highly toxic and corrosive, causing respiratory problems, skin and eye irritation and nausea. These harmful effects are largely due to the fumes, not just contact with the liquid.
Take control of your environment by banishing those harsh chemical cleaners that make it difficult to breathe, cause your eyes to water, and require protective gloves to handle. Check out our list of must haves and must dos for a whole new generation of cleaning products that offer safe, environmentally responsible options for keeping your home clean. Created with non-toxic, biodegradable ingredients and gentle formulas, they’ll leave your home fresh without harming you, your children, your pets, or the environment.
If you choose to mix your own, stock your kitchen with these basics: lemon juice, baking soda, white distilled vinegar, biodegradable liquid soap (such as castile), borax, tea tree oil, cream of tartar, and a selection of antiseptic essential oils. Good choices are pine, sweet orange, lemongrass, rose, clove, birch, thyme, cinnamon, rosemary, and eucalyptus.
Try these tips to get started today: Swap out your chlorinated products – think toilet cleaners, dishwashing detergents and chlorine based disinfectants – with natural alternatives. Hydrogen peroxide, for example, is an excellent and truly safe, stain remover. Just blot or spray, allow to sit for five to ten minutes and wash normally.
Lemon and sunlight are other awesome choices for removing stains on clothes, as is oxygen bleach (like Oxi-Clean), which is also effective as an all-purpose cleaner and all-around laundry booster.