Have you ever thought about trying a homemade and natural household cleaner? Not only is it another way to go green and help the environment but you control what goes in! None of the stuff you don’t like enters the equation. Start (if you haven’t already) reading the labels of everything you buy. Scary, eh? You’ll get a much cleaner product that feels better and wont give you cancer. You save TONS of cash. The industry, with all of its fancy packaging and advertising capitalizes on your dollar for their gain. With your own homemade products, you are supporting a much greener earth, so give yourself a pat on the back. Think about the nasty chemicals in household cleaners that go right down the drain (and up your nose when you inhale noxious fumes). Think of all that packaging, transport and waste. No animal testing!
Dangers of chemical man-made cleaners are real: you breathe toxic fumes, it is terrible if it get on your skin. The cost of these commercial, chemical-based products can be high, long term health concerns for the family, and environmental pollution caused by their manufacture and disposal. Reduce synthetic chemicals your home environment! It is as easy as purchasing a misting bottle.
Homemade Floor Cleaner (yields just over 1 gallon)
1 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water
Essential oil of your choice
All-Purpose Cleaner #1 (enough for a 16oz bottle)
1 t Borax
1 cup Hot water
a few drops of a mild natural dish detergent, optional
10 drops of essential oil, (I love lemongrass, basil or lavender for my house).
In a 16 oz spray bottle put vinegar, borax and hot water. Swish around until borax has dissolved. Add the drops of dish detergent and fill the rest of the bottle with water.
Homemade “soft scrub” Type Cleaner – just add some baking soda.
All-Purpose Cleaner #2 (yields just over 1/2 gallon)
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax)
1/2 gallon (2 liters) water
Essential oils of your choice -Mix. Use for removal of water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc.
Another alternative is microfiber cloths, which lift off dirt, grease and dust without the need for cleaning chemicals, because they are formulated to penetrate and trap dirt. There are a number of different brands. Trader Joe’s carries a good one. A good quality cloth can last for a long while, just wash regularly in the laundry.
And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.
Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI
2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 753-7900