Thursday, September 4, 2008

living sustainable, tip

Ok, class, I'd like to take a survey. Raise your hand if you like to house clean. Hm, yes. Just as I thought. Not a single person likes to house clean. Well, I have to admit, neither do I. Housecleaning might as well be a sport, with all the work and trials that are involved in it.

There's the nasty, powerful, noxious smells. There's the bending and the pushing. There's the scraping and the pulling. Fortunately, there are ways now to get rid of some of these problems. The physical labor part will always be a necessary evil in the process, but one thing you can forget about is the overwhelming smells that usually go along with housecleaning.

(Method. One alternative to your bad-smelling cleaning encounters.)

There are many products on the market now that contain safe and good-smelling (nor overwhelming) ingredients. Some of these include:

1. Method. Very trendy. Very aesthetically pleasing. Very good smelling. Method is all these things. Plus, the products are naturally-derived and bio-degradable.
2. Seventh Generation. One of the first "environmentally-friendly" cleaning products I had ever heard of, this one is a regular on the green scene. Their products are always a safe bet.
3. Simple Green. Just discovered this kid. They've been making "safer" cleaning products for over 30 years. The products are made of bio-degradable, non-toxic, non-flammable and non-abrasive ingredients.
4. Mrs. Myers. Super cute packaging and design. Their products are biodegradable, natural, cruelty-free and free of any ingredients that would make you faint from one sniff.

But if you'd rather make your own products, then are many basic household products you can find that make excellent household cleaners. Below, are the most common products that will leave your home smelling fresh and looking clean:

1. White Vinegar
2. Baking Soda
3. Toothpaste
4. Lemon
5. Liquid Dish Soap
6. H2O

The mixture of some of these products also create good household cleaning products. You can find these household recipes all over the web. Martha Stewart and this blog are just two of places where you can find these awesome d-i-y concoctions.


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