Before you panic and think I am going to give you a laundry list of things to buy, I assure you:
I am going to give you a laundry list of things to buy.
Going Natural is Cheap.
You do not have to go spend a fortune on “green cleaners” to clean your home with natural ingredients, which will, more often than not, give you better results than expensively packaged and marketed organic alternatives to your mother’s favorites.
Let’s look a just a few uses….
- Toilet bowl ring: Baking soda and vinegar will foam away most. Soda will scrub away rest.
- Coffee pot brown: Lemon juice, ice (it is water), salt. Swirl in pot and rinse.
- Scuff marks on kitchen floor: Baking soda and water. Gentle elbow grease.
- Microwave disaster: Soda, water, vinegar and lemon juice.
- Stove top spaghetti: Vinegar and warm water
How much would the branded cleaners cost you?
- Toilet bowl ring: SPR Toilet Bowl Cleaner $32
- Coffee pot brown: Cafetto OMRI Organic $30
- Scuff marks on kitchen floor: Babyganics Organic Floor Cleaner $8
- Microwave disaster: Earth Friendly Parsley Plus $8
- Stove top spaghetti: Bryson Citrushine Cooktop Cleaner $34.99
Box of baking soda: $0.86
Gallon of vinegar: $2.89
Lemon juice: $1.84
Natural is cheap.
Going Natural is Good.
Let’s list a few of the benefits of natural choices over chemical ones.
- No additional purchase. Most of these ingredients are already in your house or something you buy regularly. No wasted gas tripping to the store.
- No additional packaging. Reducing waste.
- No poison. If your pets or children get in your cleaning basket, you will not need the number to poison control in the event of consumption.
- No perfume. Cleaner air inside your home.
- No color. No natural ingredients are sacrificed for their color. No added chemicals.
- No conflict. Most every surface in your house may be cleaned with one or a combination of the above. Do take care with the abrasive qualities of salt and soda and the bleaching ability of salt.
- Food safe. You can use salt to bleach spots from your cutting boards, pots and dishes without any harmful chemicals.
Going Natural is Green.
You are already reducing (waste and packaging) by choosing natural. Let’s close the recycling loop.
Recycle the packages from what you use. Lemon juice and vinegar both come in recyclable plastic bottles. Baking soda and salt both come in cardboard or fiber board packages which are 100% recyclable and may well already contain post-consumer content.
How do you incorporate “reuse” in green cleaning? Use newspaper to clean your windows before you recycle it. Read the paper online? Your mailbox is stuffed (like everyone else’s) with newsprint ads for the local groceries and businesses.
Use a vinegar bottle to carry water in your cleaning basket. Premix salt water in a lemon juice bottle (Be sure to mark it!).
Before you recycle it, reuse it!
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(c) Ann Marie Dwyer 2011
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