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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cleaning Your Home Without Harmful Chemicals

For families having cases of severe allergies and asthma, cleaning the house using commercial cleaning products containing ammonia and other chemicals can trigger those illnesses especially young children, many of which are often paying more just to buy chemical-free cleaning products.

But you can make your own asthma-friendly cleaning formulas at home with your own little effort, by using common household ingredients such as baking soda and vinegar.

Here are some helpful easy-to-make recipes that are effective and safe for you and your family to use:

For cleaning windows and mirrors:
Mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar with 2 quarts of warm water, then apply it with a clean sponge. Wipe off any excess with a dry rag or paper towel.

For Oven Cleaner:
Mix 1 cup of baking soda with enough water to make a paste. Then apply it to dirty oven surfaces and let stand. After a few minutes scrub it using a scouring pad. This method requires a little more elbow grease but is not toxic.

For Woodworks, Tiles and Linoleums:
To treat some spots on them, Murphy's liquid soap is good and safe all-purpose cleaner.

For Toilet Bowl Cleaner:
Sprinkle baking soda around the inside of the toilet bowl, then add a couple drops of liquid soap. Scrub with a brush and finish outside surface with a rag sprinkled with baking soda.

For Laundry:
Use "non-chlorine bleach" for lifting stains from clothing, or try soaking fabrics in water mixed with borax, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, baking soda or white vinegar.

For Linoleum Floor Cleaner:
Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar in a bucket of warm water. The smell will disappear when the floor dries.