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Cleaning Your Home Inside and Out

March 16, 2010

Spring is in the air, and you might be anxious to clean out your home and start the new season fresh and get to that “Spring Cleaning”. Before you bust out the 409 and Windex spray, read these tips to clean both your homes: indoors and mother earth.

Laundry: Healthy living website Naturally Savvy gives some great advice for how to keep your clothes clean while not wasting water or using harmful products. The better you treat your clothes, the longer they will last, which will save you money too. Eco-friendly laundry detergents are better for your skin, and can also save you some $green$. Naturally Savvy tells their readers to read the labels to see what is actually going into the washing machine and on your possessions. Specifically, look for “concentrated, phosphate-free and sodium-free detergent.” In other words, the less chemicals and odors, the better! Also, if you are noticing a musty smell in your washing machine after a few days, that is because excess warm water is pooling in a small, enclosed environment. This could lead to mold forming. Leave the door open in order to circulate the air, and wash your machine out at least every three months.

Where to put last year’s unwanted clothes: (“how to do just about everything”) lists a bunch of great ways to get rid of those clothes without sending them to the dumpster.

1. Pass your clothes on to others. How about the children or grandchildren of coworkers?

2. Take your old clothes to a donation center like the Salvation Army and the Goodwill, to ensure they will be taken care of and sold at an extremely reasonable price to those who need it most. Donations are also tax deductible.

3. Have a garage sale

4. Tie-Dye

5. Cut up old clothes to use as rags

6. Cut off jeans to make shorts!

7. Send a box of clothes to a country or area in need.

8. Offer old clothes to a vintage clothing store.

Cleaning those pesky surfaces: Strong cleaning products may do the trick and get out the greasy grimy things in your home, but they also create indoor pollution. Products can actually release gases into the air, including harmful ones like nitrobenzene, formaldehyde and naphthalene. In 2008, the Canadian Medical Association Journal listed room deodorizers as one of the most harmful chemicals in a home. The scent of chemicals is often covered up by more pleasant scents, but many people have experienced health issues to do air fresheners, including headaches, wheezing, asthma and more.

Naturally Savvy listed a variety of ways to clean more naturally. Here are just a few:

Lemons: The acid in lemons cuts through grease and leaves the place smelling fresh.

Vinegar: A fantastic de-greaser and a substitute for lemons. It can be used to clean toilets, counters, floors, coffee makers, windows… the list goes on!

Baking Soda: Good abrasive to clean hard surfaces. Mixing baking soda and water will form a paste, but be careful not to use it on anything that can be scratched.

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