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21-Mar-2012

Clean Up Your Act

Natural Housekeeping

Most likely, your grandmother cleaned her house with simple, natural ingredients. In order to care for our planet—and reduce the toxic materials in your home—you might consider returning to some of Granny’s tried-and-true methods for laundry and housecleaning, including making your own natural products. Another benefit of making your own household cleaning products—it saves money!

A few basic ingredients mix up into a wide range of formulas to clean, deodorize and disinfect everything from baby diapers to the proverbial kitchen sink. Here are just a few eco-friendly alternatives you probably already have in your cupboard: baking soda, washing soda (to make your own laundry detergent), vinegar, lemon, borax and cornstarch. For an aromatherapy lift, add a few drops of lavender, rose or peppermint oil to your cleaning mixture. As you prepare for your “spring cleaning,” take advantage of this opportunity to “green” both your home and your pocketbook by going natural.

Natural All-Purpose Cleaner: Mix 1 part vinegar with 1 part water in a new, unused spray bottle to clean, deodorize and disinfect most household surfaces (except marble).

Recommended: The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier and Super Natural Home by Beth Greer

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Anonymous commented on 26-Mar-2012 03:42 PM5 out of 5 stars

It's so easy to forget what we did years ago for cleaning. This was a nice reminder.

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