June 2009

12 Natural Alternatives to Dangerous Household Chemicals

Many of the products that we use daily to care for our homes and lawns can be very dangerous and leads to air pollution and water pollution, can kill local marine life, our pets, and even our own children. But there are great tried and tested ways to clean your home that are natural and safe for you and the environment. Here are some quick tips for replacing ten of the most common house hold chemicals that can be pollutants:

    Chlorine Bleach: Adding just a ½ of a cup of white vinegar to the water when you do your laundry can brighten your clothes without the need of using harmful bleach.

    Fabric Softener: When your laundry is going through the rinse cycle, just as a quarter of a cup (half a cup for larger loads) of baking soda to the water to help soften your clothes.

How to Cheat at Cleaning











When you move into your own place as you jump into the hectic pace of a work-life, maintaining a nice, clean and comfy home is one of the hardest challenges you will face. At least that's what we found out. Well, that's why, in many ways, this book turned out to be a life-saver. Concise and easy-to-read, How To Cheat At Cleaning: Time-Slashing Techniques to Cut Corners and Restore Your Sanity detailed various useful ways in which you could keep your little place smelling minty fresh.

Eco-Friendly Cleaners

If you’re really into eco-friendly cleaning, you may already make your own cleaners out of baking soda and vinegar, scent your home with natural essential oils, and favor good old-fashioned elbow grease rather than harsh chemicals. Go, you pioneer, you!

But if you really want to be ecologically conscious while you clean but you don’t know where to start, or you’re just intimidated by creating your own cleaners, there are many good cleaning products on the market that will get the job done without leaving a huge carbon footprint. Here is a short guide to some of these: