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Green Cleaning is Essential for Sustainability

Simplicity can be the key to maintaining our health and well-being. A simple understanding of ingredients can open the door to a clean home: without chemicals and plastic waste that continue to affect our well-being.
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Mary Hannon

on 22 April 2010

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Double click anywhere & add an idea Why we need to stop buying commercial brands What is toxic about the cleaners on the market Basic Ingedients Baking Soda

cleans
deodorizes,
softens water
scours Vinegar
cuts grease
removes mildew
odors
Removes some stains and wax build-up.
kills 99 percent of all bacteria
A straight 5 percent solution of vinegar such as you can buy in the supermarket kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses). Vinegar loses its odor when it dries and it keeps rodents away.

Salt Essential oils Castile Soap
Castile soap isn't a brand but a type of soap made exclusively from vegetable oil rather than animal fat or synthetic substances. The purists feel it should be made from olive oil but there's a wide variety of castile variants that use oil from plants such as coconut and jojoba. The simple nature of the soap means a lesser enviromental impact due to reduced waste stream during manufacture and also faster biodegradability.

While castile soaps can have additional synthetic ingredients, usually you'll find if it's marketed under that name, it's a fairly natural sort of product.
Borax Lemon
one of the strongest food-acids, effective against most household bacteria Washing Soda

or SAL Soda is sodium carbonate decahydrate
and is a mineral.
It cuts grease
removes stains, softens water, cleans wall, tiles, sinks and tubs. Use care, as washing soda can irritate mucous membranes. Do not use on aluminum Problem Solvers + Deep Cleaners VOC's Water Skin Protecting our Future Pre-cycling Re-cycling Just How Easy Is it
to make your own green- cleaning supplies? Deep Cleaning Every day Recipes Window Cleaner

¼ – ½-tablespoon liquid castile soap
3 tablespoons vinegar
2 cups water


ALL-PURPOSE SPRAY CLEANER

1-teaspoon borax
½-teaspoon washing soda
2 tablespoons vinegar
½-teaspoon castile soap
2 cups very hot tap water
Simplicity: The Key to A Cleaner, Greener Life Lavender Tea Tree
(also known as Melaleuca) is a natural antibacterial disinfectant that was commonly used as a general antiseptic Eucalyptus oil helps to kill viruses and bacteria which is why diffusing it into the air when you or family members are sick is a good way to help prevent illness. Add a few drops to an essential oil diffuser or even to a humidifier at night to cut down on viral and bacteria proliferation.

Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/health/alternative-medicine/articles/14699.aspx#ixzz0lYuqKdZF Borax
(sodium borate) cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, painted walls and floors. DISINFECTANT SPRAY

2 Cups Water
¼ Cup White Vinegar
¼ tsp. Tea Tree Oil
¼ tsp. Lavender Oil
Dishwasher Soap:

Mix equal parts of borax and washing soda,
but increase the washing soda if your water is hard.
If you want to use a commercial dishwashing soap, try Ecover Ecological or Trader Joe's powders, which contain no bleach or phosphates.
Drain Cleaner:

For light drain cleaning, mix 1/2 cup salt in 4 liters water, heat (but not to a boil) and pour down the drain.

For stronger cleaning, pour about 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then 1/2 cup vinegar.

The resulting chemical reaction can break fatty acids down into soap and glycerin, allowing the clog to wash down the drain. After 15 minutes, pour in boiling water to clear residue.

Caution: only use this method with metal plumbing. Plastic pipes can melt if excess boiling water is used. Also, do not use this method after trying a commercial drain opener--the vinegar can react with the drain opener to create dangerous fumes. Toilet Bowl Cleaner:

Mix 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar, pour into basin and let it set for a few minutes. Scrub with brush and rinse. A mixture of borax (2 parts) and lemon juice (one part) will also work. Potential Household Product Hazards



Product Type Possible Ingredients Potential Hazards

Air fresheners and deodorizers: Formaldehyde Toxic; carcinogen; irritant to eyes, nose, throat and skin; may cause nausea, headaches, nose bleeds, dizziness, memory loss, and shortness of breath

Antifreeze: Ethylene glycol Very toxic; 3 ounces can be fatal to adult; damage to cardiovascular system, blood, skin and kidneys

Methanol: Moderately toxic; ingestion may cause coma. respiratory damage

Bleach: Sodium hypochlorite Corrosive; irritates or burns skin, eyes, respiratory tract; may cause pulmonary edema or vomiting and coma if ingested; contact with other chemicals may cause chlorine fumes (Chris story)

Car Wax: PolishPetroleum distillatesAssociated with skin and lung cancer; irritant to skin, eyes, nose, lungs; entry into lungs may cause fatal pulmonary edema

Disinfectants: Sodium hypochlorite Corrosive; irritates or burns skin, eyes; may cause pulmonary edema or vomiting and coma if ingested
Environmental sustainability



Water is an important natural resource that covers 71% of the Earth's surface.
Environmental sustainability refers to the maintenance of functioning natural ecosystems as well as the control of pollutants and toxins in human environments such as cities and agricultural areas.
A condition of "unsustainability" in an environment occurs when natural capital (the sum total of nature's resources) is used up faster than it can be replenished; when ecosystem functions are systematically decaying; or when toxins and pollutants dangerous to human and other forms of life are systematically increasing.

Sustainability requires that human activity only uses nature's resources at a rate at which they can be replenished naturally. Inherently the concept of sustainable development is intertwined with the concept of carrying capacity. Theoretically, the long-term result of environmental degradation is the inability to sustain human life.

Such degradation on a global scale could imply extinction for humanity. Why Clean Green?



Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Sodium acid sulfate,
oxalate or hypochloric acid is

Corrosive; burns from skin contact or inhalation; ingestion may be fatal

Chlorinated phenols: Flammable; very toxic; respiratory, circulatory or cardiac damage

Window Cleaners: Diethylene glycolToxic;

causes central nervous system depression and degenerative lesions in liver and kidneys

Ammonia Vapor: irritating to eyes; respiratory tract and skin; possible chronic irritation

Wood Stain/VarnishMineral spirits, gasoline: Highly flammable; associated with skin and lung cancer; irritant to skin, eyes, nose, throat, lungs; entry into lungs may cause fatal pulmonary edema
Fragrances added to many cleaners, most notably laundry detergents and fabric softeners
may cause acute effects such as respiratory irritation, headache, sneezing, and watery eyes in sensitive individuals or allergy and asthma sufferers.
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has found that one-third of the substances used in the fragrance industry are toxic. But because the chemical formulas of fragrances are considered trade secrets, companies aren't required to list their ingredients but merely label them as containing "fragrance."
Cedarwood oil is a great essential oil with many uses to improve your health. Cedarwood essential oil uses include helping with skin conditions and improving respiratory conditions. It's even a natural bug repellent. Find out how to use cedarwood oil to improve these and other health conditions.

Read more: http://www.brighthub.com/health/alternative-medicine/articles/14230.aspx#ixzz0lYtUlFfL Tea tree, eucalyptus, clove, and oregano essential oils kill germs while freshening up your home.

Orange, lemon, and grapefruit essential oils are great for cutting grease - can even be found in conventional cleaning products!

Lavender essential oil is antiseptic and blends well with other essential oils for a calming, clean scent.


www.naturalhomemagazine.com

http://www.treehugger.com/

www.bbmc.com (Boston Building Materials Co-op)

www.energystar.gov

www.massenergy.com

http://www.organicconsumers.org

http://www.care2.com/greenliving Websites CREAMY SOFT SCRUBBER
Simply pour about 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough liquid detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, and wash the surface. This is the perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit.

Note: Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store in a sealed glass jar, to keep the product moist. Otherwise just make as much as you need at a time. Cleaning With Vinegar

Vinegar as a disinfectant

A straight 5 percent solution of vinegar such as you can buy in the supermarket kills 99 percent of bacteria, 82 percent of mold, and 80 percent of germs (viruses). Vinegar loses its odor when it dries and it keeps rodents away.

Whirlpool Tub

Pour 1 gallon of white vinegar into the water of your whirlpool tub, once a year and run it. This will keep the jets from clogging up from soap scum and buildup, etc.

Cheap Cleaning Solution:
1/3 part white vinegar
1/3 part rubbing alcohol
1/3 part water
3 drops dishwashing liquid

Mix this into a (recycled) spray bottle and you have the equivalent of a floor cleaner. Just spray and mop; also great for deodorizing a room and for a fast cleanup. Use this on any tile floors with great results the alcohol is added to make it dry faster- so it is not essential

Hard Water Deposits
Use vinegar to get rid of the hard water deposits around your sink. Soak a paper towel with vinegar and place it around the area that needs to be cleaned or for cleaning the faucet you can soak the towel and wrap it around and rubber band it in place. Do this overnight and the next morning it's a cinch to wipe clean. This has been safe for
brass faucets as well.

Microwave

To clean your microwave: use 1 Tablespoon of vinegar, one cup of warm water and 1 or 2 drops of dish soap in a small microwave safe bowl. Put it in the microwave on high for 3-4 minutes and let stand for 15 minutes. Then wipe the microwave out with a damp sponge. The steam and use of vinegar loosens up the build up in the microwave.

Mary Hannon, Hannon Homes
617-293-8002
mary@maryhannon.com

Prudential Unlimited Realty
Jamaica Plain, Cooledge Corner
www.HannonHomes.com
Accredited Buyer Representative, Realtor, GREEN

A little about me Bio Bathroom mold: Mold in bathroom tile grout is a common problem and can be a health concern. Mix one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with two parts water in a spray bottle and spray on areas with mold. Wait at least one hour before rinsing or using shower. In 1989, the EPA determined the toxic chemicals found in common household cleaners, often dispersed in fumes, are three times more likely to cause cancer than are other air pollutants.

According to the American Cancer Society, prior to the 20th century, only 1 out of 8,000 people in the United States were stricken with cancer. Since the Industrial Revolution the introduction into our lives of a myriad of chemicals, the incidence of cancer has increased to a startling 1 out of 3 people.

Since World War II, we have developed more than 80,000 chemicals for use in cleaners, pesticides, plastics, personal care products, industrial products and other modern day conveniences. We know very little about the effect of these chemicals on a child's development

The Clean Water Fund estimates that the average American uses 40 lbs of unsafe household cleaners each year (multiply that by 245 million Americans)

One of my reasons Sustainability through making your own cleaners: They are all natural and biodegradable You aren't buying more plastic
so You are Pre-cycling You are using what you need when you need it Leave Things Better Than You Found Them maintenance of functioning natural ecosystems - using all natural ingredients control of pollutants and toxins in human environments such as cities and agricultural areas OVEN CLEANER
½ cup salt, ¼ cup borax, 1 box (16 ounces) baking soda, about a cup of water, ¾ cup white vinegar, 10 drops thyme essential oil and 10 drops lemon essential oil.

Start by combining the salt, washing soda, and baking soda in a bowl. Add just enough water to make a paste. I found it took about a cup of water to make a spreadable paste, though the author recommends less than 1⁄4 cup.

Next, remove the racks from your oven and preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Turn off the oven and spread the paste on the oven walls with a sponge or cloth and allow it to set for 20 to 30 minutes. Laundry Detergent: Mix 1 cup Ivory soap (or Fels Naptha soap), 1/2 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax. Use 1 tbsp for light loads; 2 tbsp for heavy loads. I'm an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR®), Realtor®, and Green designate of the National Association of Realtors®, and have been working for both buyers and sellers in Jamaica Plain since 1998.

I'm an active member in the community, and am currently on the board of Centre South Main Streets: www.jpcentresouth.org, and am an appointed member of the CAC group which is working in conjunction with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to redesign and reconstruct Centre and South Street (greener and better) for Jamaica Plain, http://bit.ly/8Z532C .

As a Green Designate of the National Association of Realtors® I have been educated in the various levels of green building techniques and designations. Helping clients create and own greener homes.
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