Eco-conscious Tips For Cleaning Your Home
In the West we have become very comfortable with the convenience of buying chemical cleaning products from our local stores. The billion dollar advertising industry has aided in our belief that we need harsh products to keep our homes clean from germs. This misconception has led to and is furthering treatment resistant strains of illnesses, and unintended health consequences like respiratory irritation and endocrine disruption. Truth is, most households don’t need such stringent products to keep their homes healthy and clean. By utilizing typical household items, you can prevent germs from setting up shop and infecting your loved ones without causing other health issues like asthma and skin irritations.
With simple and safe home staples like baking soda, white vinegar, and cut lemons you can keep your home clean and fresh. Let’s consider the following:
Soaking pieces of fabric or old terry cloth in white vinegar can serve as a great dryer sheet replacement. A bonus point is that you can reuse the terry cloth dryer sheets load after load by adding the used cloth back into a container with vinegar. But what about the vinegar smell, you ask? The heat of the dryer will disintegrate the vinegar smell as the clothes dry, leaving your garments soft and static free!
Consider adding several drops of essential oil to the fabric sheet in the last few minutes of the drying cycle to leave your clothes with a lovely lavender or refreshing lemon scent. Or you can use any scent combination your creativity can construct.
Unclog clogged pipes
By now many consumers are aware that the old drain cleaning products leave pipes damaged. As such, a host of safe pipe cleaners have been released. Why head to your local home improvement store and get sidetracked into spending your hard earned money when you already have the perfect solution in your cabinet?
Use a plunger or drain snake to remove any surface materials in the pipe. Sometimes this will take care of the problem. If not, pour about a cup of boiling water into the drain, sprinkle ¼ cup of baking soda down the drain, then pour in a cup of white vinegar. Allow the mixture to fizzle for about 10 minutes before pouring another cup of boiling water in the drain. Once should do the trick, however, repeat as needed.
Food stuck on pans
Even if you’re the Scrambled Egg Master, you can burn the eggs during your big brunch debut. As tempting as it is to throw away the pan and start with a new one, don’t do it. You can restore your stainless steel or nonstick pans to their former glory by using a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar and the half of a fresh lemon. Simply sprinkle enough baking soda to cover the burnt-on parts, then add vinegar one tbsp at a time until the mixture begins to fizzle. Let sit for a minute, then use the lemon half to scrub away the stuck on food. Et Voila! From here, wash and dry as usual, and don’t take a nap the next time you’re serving up goodies for yourself or others.
Canary Clarke is the owner/operator of Happy Healthy Home, an aromatherapy infused cleaning products and home health services business. Through her dealings with a variety of personality types, both at work and in dating, she realized the only true safe space we have is our homes. With a penchant for ways to create a home that is safe, abundant, and inviting. Canary incorporates feng shui, astrology, psychology, color therapy and aromatherapy into her projects with clients. For more information on products and services Canary offers, head over to happyhealthyhome.co.