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Homemade Natural Cleaning Products Recipes

 

It only takes a single whiff of vapors emanating from your standard, grocery store bought bathroom cleaner to know it's not something you should be breathing in. However, you would think - and most of us do - that since the U.S. Environmental Protective Agency (EPA) and Consumer Product Safety Commission oversees all store-bought cleaning products, they would be free of toxins that are or could be potentially harmful to our health. After all, this is indeed one of the vitally important tasks these government bodies are assigned.



The scary reality of the situation, however, is that many of the chemicals found in cleaning products are not routinely assessed for health and environmental risks. And while the Consumer Product Safety Commission can and should take action against any manufacturer of a substance that is known to be dangerous, there is no enforcement of proper testing of chemicals and ingredients. That said, when it come to cleaning products, your safest - and surprisingly - just as effective alternative, is all-natural cleaning products. Whether bought online at stores like Mother Nature or Green Nest, or homemade with natural ingredients, using natural cleaning products is a wise and responsible choice.



To help you get started, here is a list of natural common household ingredients that have proven effective in their cleaning capacity. They can be used on their own or in combination with other natural cleaning ingredients to clean up the heaviest grime and sterilize the dirtiest of surfaces. If you want to get started using them on their own, here are your most effective options:

Baking Soda - Since it absorbs odors, baking soda is excellent for cleaning the inside of refrigerators. It's also great for cleaning pots and pans, ovens, stained glass and tile, and countertop surfaces. Being slightly alkaline, baking soda is great for removing stains caused by acidic substances, like fruit juices.

Washing Soda - Washing soda can do everything baking soda can do and more. Being stronger than baking soda, it is recommended to wear gloves when using washing soda, for it can act as an irritant. Works great for fighting oil and grease, and is often used as a water softener in conjunction with laundry detergents.

Cream of Tartar - Another baking ingredient, cream of tartar is different than baking soda because it is slightly acidic. It works great as a sink and bathtub cleaner. It will even remove spots from aluminum cookware.

Borax - Found in most grocery stores, Borax is a crystalline salt that makes a great water softener and freshener when used in conjunction with laundry detergent. Borax is also a good disinfectant and odor remover.

Baking Soda - Since it absorbs odors, baking soda is excellent for cleaning the inside of refrigerators. It's also great for cleaning pots and pans, ovens, stained glass and tile, and countertop surfaces. Being slightly alkaline, baking soda is great for removing stains caused by acidic substances, like fruit juices.

Cream of Tartar - Another baking ingredient, cream of tartar is different than baking soda because it is slightly acidic. It works great as a sink and bathtub cleaner. It will even remove spots from aluminum cookware.

Borax - Found in most grocery stores, Borax is a crystalline salt that makes a great water softener and freshener when used in conjunction with laundry detergent. Borax is also a good disinfectant and odor remover.

Author: Ry



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