How To Kill Dirt and Grime Without Killing Yourself

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Welcome to my blog!

Is it your imagination, or does cleaning just make you feel sick?  It’s closer to the truth than you may think. You’re on to something. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) verifies that many common cleaning products act as indoor pollutants at home and at work causing short-term  effects of headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and irritation of eyes, nose and throat while exacerbating symptoms of asthma and other respiratory illnesses. Long term effects may include respiratory and heart disease and cancer. Let’s see how we can substitute non-toxic common household products at home and at work.

This is Part 2 of a two-part series. See my Jan. 30, 2016 blog post, “Creating A Non-Toxic Home Environment,” for more information.

Check out Laura Newcomer’s article,” 27 Chemical Free Recipes For DIY Spring Cleaning,” Greatist, March 19, 2015. Ms. Newcomer’s recipes for cleaning solutions include simple household ingredients: baking soda, castile soap, vinegar, lemon juice, olive oil and essential oils for fragrance and anti-bacterial effects. She warns against using borax since it has been known to act as a skin and eye irritant. Also, don’t mix castile soap with lemon or vinegar. You’ll find a lot of helpful information in this article, so Google away.

Let’s take a look at an article by naturopathic doctor Sarah Cimperman, ND “Non-Toxic Spring Cleaning” from the May/ June 2013  Wisdom NYC/ Tri-State Edition as mentioned in last week’s blog post.

Dr. Cimperman suggests these basic supplies: white vinegar, pure essential oils, fragrance-free liquid castile soap, olive oil, baking soda, spray bottle, rags or old towels, sponge with scrubbing surface, steam or regular mop (no throw away pads).

*Dust furniture with  a clean, slightly damp cloth, ringing often                                              *Spray cleaning mixture on counters, sinks, stove tops, appliances, tiles toilets, mirrors, windows and floors, them wipe off with a wet sponge                                                                       *Sprinkle baking soda on extra-dirty areas, then scrub with a wet sponge                                *Don’t used vinegar on wooden or natural stone surfaces                                                              *Clean natural stone with liquid castile soap diluted with warm water                                      *Polish wooden surfaces with a dry cloth to rub in a small amount of olive oil                  *Use isopropyl alcohol diluted with water for extreme stains. Use sparingly. Wear rubber gloves. Flammable. May irritate.  (I’m surprised and uncomfortable about this one, but I’m no expert. Please use your own judgment.)                                                                                                      *Mix 1 cup white vinegar to a bucket of hot water faith a few drops of tea tree oil or hardwood and tile floors with a steam or regular mop                                                                   *Unclog drains with 1/4 cup baking soda, followed by 1 cup white vinegar. when foaming subsides, flush with copious amounts of boiling water                                                           *Soften laundry with 1/2 cup white vinegar per load and organic wool dryer balls                 *Replace fragrance, chemical based detergents with those that are biodegradable

Remember to rinse cleaning cloths often and clean sponges by wetting, then microwaving on high for 2 minutes.

So, now you have a plan. You can make a list (Nov. 7, 2015 blog post), declutter and organize and create your own cleaning solutions for very little money, time and effort. Best of all, you know you’re taking a giant step toward ridding your home or work place of harmful toxins, thereby caring for your health and well-being, and that of your family members and  c0-workers.

Let me know how you do. I’d love to hear from you.

Next week’s blog post: Trustworthiness – The Most Precious Valentine’s Day Gift

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