Friday, September 11, 2009

A Cleaner Way to Clean

I recently read that the air pollution in our homes is up to 75% greater than that outdoors! Insane! The biggest contributor to this is (drumroll please....) our cleaning products!!

Did you know that chlorine mixed with ammonia (present in many cleaning products) combines to create chloramide - a toxic gas used in WWI???? Yikes!

The easy solution is to use cleaning products that do not contain many of these harmful chemicals. Unfortunately, most of those all-natural products, albeit fabulous, are pricey.

Fear not! There is a much healthier and less-expensive way to clean your home!!!!

You will need a few very simple and very inexpensive items:

Hydrogen Peroxide (I just scored a 32 oz. bottle at Target for like $2!)
White Vinegar
Baking Soda
Lemon Juice

Vinegar can be used to clean just about anything - the counters, floors, windows, sinks, etc.

Want to sanitize your counters, toilets, sinks??? This simple method kills more germs than the popular sanitizing products that are on the market (remember my affection for Clorox Wipes???) - fill one spray bottle with vinegar, another with hydrogen peroxide. Spray the surface with the vinegar first, wipe dry (I love using those yellow car detailing cloths, especially for my granite countertops!). Then spray on the hydrogen peroxide and wipe dry. Ta dah!!! Could it get any easier than this????

Have a clogged drain? No problem! Its nothing a little hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can't conquer! Minus the dizzying fumes that Drain-O creates!

Use the baking soda anywhere you could use a dry-power scrub or where there are funky smells - bathtubs, toilets, sinks.

Use the vinegar anywhere you want shine.

Use the lemon juice anywhere you have stains (try it on clothes too!!).

And there you have it - a squeaky clean and sparkling home sans the harmful chemicals that pollute the environment and our air!!!

To further aid in cleaning your air in the home - keep a house plant for every 100 sq ft. of space you have. Unfortunately, I have a black thumb, so my plants live a total of 2 weeks before they turn to sticks.


  1. Great ideas! I am getting rid of all my cleaning products and getting these simple solutions! I want to keep my house clean and healthy, especially during pregnacy.

  2. I love cleaning with these things. I do not know what I would do without baking soda and vinegar!