Vinegar is a great all-purpose cleaner; use it straight for tough jobs, or dilute it with water. Tea-tree oil is a natural fungicide and can help disinfect surfaces — mix 2 teaspoons with 2 cups water. To whiten stained tiles or grout, use a mixture of 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide to 1 cup water.All of these solutions can be sprayed onto a surface, allowed to dry, then wiped with a damp cloth.
Pour a small amount of soda water onto a fresh carpet spill, and blot with a towel. Don’t rub, as you may mat the fibers. If the stain is set, try hydrogen peroxide: Pour some onto a clean, white cloth, then press cloth to carpet. Wait about 15 minutes, blot with a clean cloth. There should be no need to rinse. For tougher stains, try our natural carpet cleaners.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need high-octane chemicals to render a home spic-and-span. Try these brands of natural cleaners – the great reviews we get from our customers are proof they get the job done!
Your laundry will smell fresh, not cloying, with Scented Natural Blue Eucalyptus Lavender Detergent by Seventh Generation. And many concentrated, natural laundry detergents also come in larger sizes to save you money and reduce packaging in our landfills.
Rid your home of fumy chemicals by replacing surface, glass, toilet, and floor cleaners with plant-based brands – try any of these quality green cleaners. Direct links of asthma and allergies to commerical cleaners have already been established.You may not have any asthma or allergy symptoms today, but unfortunately the fumes emitted from commercial cleaning agents cause accumulating damage.
- Beeswax Lip Balm by Burt’s Bees. A touch of peppermint oil blends with honey-tinged beeswax for a tingly lip treat
- Fabric Softner by Ecover. The calming aroma of lavender creates a fabric softner that leaves clothes soft and sweetly scented
- Unscented Baby-Mild Pure-Castile Soap by Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. Mild for the sensitive skin, with vitamin E. if you haven’t tried Dr. Bronner’s yet – you must!
Are you searching for alternatives to health-hazardous artificial fragrances? Try the naturally scented cleaners below. Unscented goods steer clear of fragrance, while essential and other plant-derived oils please the nose in scented ones.
- Natural Blue Eucalyptus & Lavender Detergent by Seventh Generation. Your laundry will smell fresh, not cloying.
- Free & Clear Liquid Laundry Determent by Ecos. Gets the job done without scent; good for the fragrance-sensitive.
Competing in an industry of big polluters, Seventh Generation annually saves some 171,000 trees, 62 million gallons of water, and 103 billion BTUs of energy thanks to its green-products line (chlorine-free recycled bathroom tissue, recycled plastic trash bags, and natural dishwasher detergents, to name a few). Since 2005, the company has cut its own greenhouse-gas emissions by 34 percent, and by funding home-energy audits and offering forgivable loans for fuel-efficient car purchases and solar-panel installation, Seventh Generation also helps employees reduce their own carbon footprints. Be sure to support eco-friendly companies – buy their products and spread the word!
The human race is now polluted with hundreds of industrial chemicals – with little or no understanding of the consequences. Babies are born pre-polluted, with as many as 300 industrial chemicals in their bodies when they enter the world.
We are at a tipping point, where the pollution in people is increasingly associated with a range of serious diseases and conditions from childhood cancer, to autism, ADHD, learning deficits, infertility, and birth defects. Yet even as our knowledge about the link between chemical exposure and human disease grows, the government has almost no authority to protect people from even the most hazardous chemicals on the market.
If you want to do something to protect our kids, go here for a letter to send your congressperson re: Kid’s Safe Chemical Act and a list of organizations that signed on. Also, convert all your own toxic cleaners to natural cleaners (they actually clean and work-really!) and don’t use pesticides around your house – this includes ant spray!
(Reprinted from Green Profit Solutions)