Welcome to the March 2013 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Naturally Spring Cleaning.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and The Pistachio Project through the Green Moms Network. This month our carnival participants have written posts about how they keep their homes clean – naturally.
One of my favorite times of year is when it starts to warm up, the flowers bloom and the sun is shining. Spring brings about a newness and a time of change, in more ways then one. And it’s an awesome time to get back to nature, not only outside your front door, but inside your home when you begin your spring cleaning.
Many household all-purpose cleaners contain chemicals that can be so dangerous for us and our families. Petroleum-based surfactants like alkylphenol ethoxylates can mimic the hormone estrogen. Butyl cellosolve is easily absorbed through the skin and can damage nerves. Chlorine bleach and ammonia both produce fumes that can be dangerous for people with respiratory and heart problems. Fragrances can cause allergic reactions in many people and often disguise the smell of chlorine or ammonia. Diethanolamine and triethanolamine are irritants and can form carcinogens during the manufacturing process. Antibacterial cleansers may increase the resistance of bacteria to antibiotics. Phthalates used to increase the life of synthetic fragrances may cause reproductive and developmental damage.
Do chemicals like these sound like “clean?” Not to me! But if green products don’t perform as well as conventional cleaners, you probably won’t use them. Good thing there are many cleaners that are free from those dangerous chemicals that work just as well or even better. For example, Sterling Labs has proven that Shaklee’s Get Clean Basic H2 Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate rivals or outperforms the best-known supermarket brands.
Derived from renewable plant sources corn and coconuts, Basic H was one of the first biodegradable, nontoxic cleansers ever and one of the first official Earth Day cleaning products. It was used by Jacques Cousteau on his research vessels and by scientists on the Biosphere 2 project. Basic H2 also carries the Green Seal certification.
Basic H2 is not only safe for you and your family, it’s safe for the environment too. The most common brands of window cleaner (which are loaded with ammonia and other toxic chemicals) come in 26 ounce plastic spray bottles. It would take 5,824 bottles of window cleaner to equal the window cleaning power of Basic H2. Now, imagine all those bottles dumped in your landfill, where they will remain unchanged for centuries.
Basic H2 is my multi-purpose, green cleaner of choice because it’s highly effective when mixed with water. It breaks surface tension of water making it up to 300 times wetter. It’s instant wetting action penetrates and separates dirt and grease, suspending it in water to be washed away. And best of all, it’s safe enough for my toddler who loves to help me clean.
Maybe instead of ordering Basic H2 or any other safe alternative, you’d rather make your own safe and green cleaner. Here are two options to get you started.
CITRUS FLOOR CLEANER
1 gallon hot water
2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
15 drops sweet orange essential oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
Combine in large bucket
3 cups water
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Mix and spray
What Spring Cleaning tips can you share with us?
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