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Your Easy Starter Guide to using Natural Cleaning Products

June 4th, 2012

Making natural cleaning products is easy once you have got all your ingredients and equipment ready. We have prepared a simple guide to get you started.

 

List of Ingredients:

Most of these ingredients have been used for hundreds of years. You can find most of these ingredients in your local supermarket. However, you will save money if you can source them directly from the manufacturer or wholesaler and buy them in bulk.

 

Natural Cleaning Ingredient

Water is the best cleaner in the world

 

1)   Water

  • most bacteria are killed by hot, soapy water
  • soaking is one of the most effective ways of removing dirt
  • in hard water area, add a small handful of baking soda as a water softener

 

2)    Baking soda

Natural Cleaning Ingredient

Baking soda

  • is a common baking ingredient
  • is a naturally occurring mineral known as sodium bicarbonate with many great cleaning properties
  • cuts through grease because it reacts with fatty acids to form mild detergents
  • softens water, removes stains and acts as a whitening agent, therefore great for the laundry
  • its abrasive quality serves as a gentle scouring powder without scratching your kitchen or tile surfaces
  • place a bowl of baking soda in the fridge to neutralise the odour

 

 

3)    Fresh lemon

Natural Cleaning Ingredient

  • one of the best way to save money on your cleaning products is to grow a lemon tree in your backyard
  • fresh lemon juice contains citric acid that can deodorize, remove stains, brighten whites in the laundry or kitchen, clean glass, inhibit mould, disinfect toilets, cleans bath edges and showers plus grouting on tiles
  • when used neat (full strength), it will remove grime at the base of taps
  • it’s fresh smelling fragrance makes it an excellent air freshener, just cut a lemon in half and leave it on the bench

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10 Tips on How to clean your home – Easily, Cheaply & Safely?

May 28th, 2012

More than 72,000 synthetic chemicals have been produced since World War II.

Most have been derived from petroleum and coal tar.

 

The majority of these synthetic chemicals have never been tested for their acute or long-term effects.  Neither have they been tested for their combined or cumulative effects.

 

Many of these synthetic chemicals have been added to our food, skincare and cleaning products without our consent and knowledge of their potential effects.

 

Many of these chemicals have also been dispersed widely into the environment contaminating our soil, water and air. Some will persist in the environment for decades and even centuries because they biodegrade slowly and incompletely.

 “The average home today contains more toxic chemicals than the average chemistry laboratory at the turn of the century.”

This is a scary thought but a reality in so many households.

Have a look inside your laundry cupboard, in the bathroom and underneath the kitchen sink and see how many different cleaning products you can find.

Most homes contain many more cleaning products than we really need. These cleaners not only contain chemicals that are bad for our health but also create packaging waste that is disposed in our already, overloaded landfills.

We can smell the toxins whenever we use these cleaning products. The label even warns us to wear gloves, avoid contact with skin and eyes, and not to breathe in the fumes.

 

We need to protect our children when it comes to exposure to toxic chemicals because:

1)    they have higher risk of exposure as they tend to crawl and play in areas that could be contaminated

2)    they also have an increased hand to mouth activity

3)    their smaller body size and developing organs are more susceptible to the toxic effects of these chemicals; damage can be long lasting

4)    they also have a reduced ability to eliminate toxins from their developing bodies as their vital organs are less matured.

 

10 Tips on How to have a Clean & Fresh Smelling Home?

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