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Keeping it Clean and Green: Easy Eco-Friendly Housekeeping Tips

Modern cleaning supplies are often packed with dangerous chemicals. Some of the ingredients that are found in those supplies can result in serious medical issues ranging from skin irritation to severe respiratory problems. Here is a quick look at a few tips that you can use to clean your home without any toxic chemicals.

Kitchen Appliances

Cleaning kitchen appliances without commercial degreasers is easier than most people realize. In order to cut through splattered food, you will need nothing more than white vinegar, mineral oil, and microfiber towels. After cleaning away most of the grime with the vinegar, you can then go back and wipe down the outside of your appliances with mineral oil. That two-step approach helps remove germs and polishes all of the metal surfaces.

Windows

Many people are surprised to hear that vinegar can be used as a streak-free cleaner for windows as well. In a spray bottle, you will need an equal blend of white vinegar and warm water. You can use that mixture just like any window cleaner that you would get at the store. While the vinegar is going to be pungent at first, the smell should fade away almost immediately. If you are worried about lingering odors, then you might want to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mix.

Carpets and Furniture

No matter how careful you and your family try to be, your carpets will most likely become stained at some point. Luckily, most stains can be removed with a mixture of baking soda, vinegar, and coarse salt. The salt will act as an abrasive while the baking soda and vinegar clear away the germs. You can also blend a few teaspoons of baking soda with a few drops of an essential oil to create a deodorizer. These mixtures can be used on cloth furniture as well, but you should always spot-test a small area first to avoid discoloration.

Wood, Tile, and Vinyl Floors

If you have decided to install wood or vinyl flooring, cleaning up spills becomes a much easier process. Most wood, tile, and vinyl floors can quickly be cleaned with warm water and a few drops of your favorite mild soap. Vegetable-based liquid soaps tend to be the most effective option for hard floors.

Turning to options without dangerous chemicals could help you avoid major health problems down the road. However, before you use any new cleaning ingredients or methods in your home, you should always spend a little extra time researching those ingredients and methods before using them in your home.

Dixie Somers, the author of this post, is a Freelance Writer.

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