Eco Cleaning: What Is It, Anyway?
Eco cleaning is not only a way to clean; it’s a way of life. We’re all concerned about the environment and the impact that we have on it – and we’re also concerned about our pocket books!
Put simply, eco cleaning is an inexpensive way of cleaning that doesn’t use lots of additives and harsh chemicals. Read on to learn how to eco-clean your home…
4 Essential Ingredients for Eco Cleaning
There are just a few things that a person needs to ensure that their entire house is eco-clean.
These products are simple and, in fact, are advertised every day on television. Have you ever heard slogans like “Made from real lemons” and “Baking soda is rated number one in cleaning by dentists”? Sometimes less is most definitely more!
- Throughout history, people have been using baking soda as their number one cleaning product. It cleans grime out of bathrooms, cuts through grease, will clean pots, pans, dishes, plastic, your clothing, takes odors out of your refrigerator and gives you a cleaner brighter smile.
What a lot of cleaning for a little box that costs less than a dollar! In addition, as allergies continue to rise, it’s important to note that baking soda has the smallest effect on allergies than any other commercial cleaner on the market.
- Another product often over looked is white vinegar. It is alkaline and will take off hard water stains, dirt from wood without taking the finish off your dining room table. It is also very easy on your brass and silver by eating away tarnish that has built up over the years.
- Lemon juice is one of my favorites. While similar to white vinegar in its chemical properties and ability to clean gummy substances, lemons smell great and have the same scouring potential as white vinegar does. Neither white vinegar nor lemons will leave a residue on your counter tops, fine silver or pock your brass.
- While biodegradable soaps are not as eco-friendly as the eco-cleaning supplies above, these are a necessity in your eco-friendly home. Biodegradable soaps are made from all-natural products that are usually plant-based.
Plant-based soaps are not harsh on skin or laundry, and don’t leave a residue. To be eco-clean, a bio-degradable soap needs to be made with plant based oil such as grape seed oil or cottonseed oil, glycerin and sometimes sea salt for added exfoliating properties.
Be Good to Yourself – and the Environment – With Eco-Cleaning
Being eco clean doesn’t mean going out and spending money on products that marketers tell you to buy. Most times it means simply looking around your home, and tossing out all those harsh chemicals. Eco cleaning is not only being friendly to the environment, it’s being friendly to ourselves as well!
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