Maid Brigade’s Second Green Cleaning+ Healthy Lifestyle Tip
A common misconception about green cleaning is that if you can’t smell cleaning products then your home isn’t really clean. Artificial fragrance is a major contributor to poor indoor air quality. Air fresheners and cleaning products that have fragrances in them have chemicals that actually suspend artificial odor in the air. These chemical additives can trigger asthma and allergy attacks. Even though there is little to no fragrance in green cleaning solutions, most are just as effective as traditional cleaning products.
The exception to having fragrance in cleaning solutions is when you make your own. Using natural cleaning agents such as lemon juice or lavender oil give your rooms a light fresh scent with no artificial or harmful additives. Check out these recipes to make your own everyday cleaning products!
□ To clean the microwave, heat a bowl of water and lemon slices in your microwave for about 45 seconds, then wipe. Stains will be easier to remove and old food odors will be neutralized.
□ A teaspoon of lemon juice added to your dishwashing detergent can help boost grease cutting power.
□ Hot lemon juice and baking soda makes a good drain cleaner that’s safe for septic systems.
□ Rub lemon juice into your wooden chopping board, leave overnight and then rinse. Wood chopping boards appear to have anti-bacterial properties anyway, but the lemon will help kill off any remaining germs plus neutralize odors.
□ Clean stainless steel sinks with a paste of baking soda and vinegar. Mix it up and apply with a sponge. Don’t let the foaming scare you – it works great!
□ Spray fresh lemon juice on hard water scale build-up around faucets, wait 10 minutes and rinse.
□ Use a scrub paste made from baking soda and a tiny bit of water to scrub soap scum in tubs and showers.
□ Antibacterial spray can be made from water and pure essential lavender oil. Mix 1 C. water and 1 tsp lavender oil in a spray bottle and shake to mix. Spray and wait 15 minutes before wiping or don’t rinse at all.
NOTE: Label all home concoctions and date them so you can be sure of what you’re using. Vinegar and baking soda cannot be used on all surfaces. Do some research first!
Whether you’re making your own cleaning products or purchasing eco-friendly ones, enjoy a clean home with clean air!