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healthy home cleaners
Transcript of healthy home cleaners
!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Healthy cleaning products are out there, but what do they look like? ????????????????? signal words caution: Warning: danger:
“Caution” or “Warning” are terms for many other hazards, so scan for specifics, such as “Vapor harmful,” “Causes burns,” or “May be fatal or cause blindness if swallowed.”
Danger” refers to products that are corrosive, extremely flammable, highly toxic, or poisonous. Commercial toilet-bowl, oven, and drain cleaners often bear this label. KD Gold is a very effective cleaner for all surfaces. The ingredients are purified water, fatty aids, coconut oil, organic alcohol, folic acid, minerals and enzymes derived from edible plants. It's tough enough to dissolve hard engine grease, yet gentle enough to wash a baby. Many of your everyday cleaners contain toxins and harsh chemicals. for example, one of the most dangerous activities you can do in you home is cleaning the toilet bowl! Many people are poisoned by the chlorine and hydrochloric acid that are inside the toilet bowl cleaner. Hydrochloric acid is known as a corrosive and it can burn the skin, cause internal burns if ingested, and explode if used incorrectly. Many detergents also contain chlorine. Window cleaners contain ammonia. Ammonia is a strong eye and lung irritant and should particularly be avoided by anyone with asthma or other lung sensitivities.
seventh generation is also a great company that makes non-toxic biodegradable products. their products range anywhere from dish detergents to paper towels.
If you dont want to use healthier products, but you also dont want to have the side effects then make your children, pets and anyone else not involved in cleaning go outside. You should wear a breathing mask, cover your skin and wear heavy gloves as you handle and use the cleaners. Then dispose of all of the cleaners properly when they are gone. You can create your own healthy cleaners. RECIPES: BAD! BAD! BAD!
Irritants refer to substances that cause injury or inflammation on contact.
Corrosives refer to chemicals that destroy tissue.
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.
mmmmmm smells goood streak free shine! Windows:
Put 3 tablespoons vinegar per 1 quart water in a spray bottle. Some recommend using half vinegar and half water. For super dirty windows try 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap, 3 tablespoons vinegar, and 2 cups of water and shake well. Also one of the best way to get streak-free windows is to use newspaper instead of paper towels to wipe them.
1/4 cup baking soda with water in a spray bottle. Shake well and spray. The baking soda absorbs the odor. You can also add a little scent if you want. Vanilla works great.
References: unknown, unknown. (2009, july 23). Identify unhealthy household cleaners. Retrieved from http://www.rd.com/advice-and-know-how/identify-unhealthy-household-cleaners/article15306.html
unkown, unkown. (2009, february 15). Non-toxic home cleaning. Retrieved from http://www.eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm unknown, unkown. (2010, january 8). Making the right choice. Retrieved from http://www.greenerchoices.org/products.cfm?product=greencleaning&page=rightchoices Don’t assume that environmental and health claims are true. In many cases, manufacturers can make claims that aren't verified. The most common claims are non toxic, natural, and enviromentaly friendly. These terms currently dont have a standard definition so companies can use these terms as they like. Try looking beyond these words and search for the signal words.
If you want your house to smell good but you don't want to make air fresheners there are many other options. You can open a window, light a candle, simmer some cinamin in a pot, simmer citrus peels, or get some potpourri. Even having indoor plants can help your home smell better. Greenworks is another good product that has set high standards for green cleaning. It is recognized by the Sierra Club and the Environmental Protection Agency’s. Their products mainly contain essential oils, corn based ethonal, and glycerin. They don't contain phosphorus or bleach. Kichura , v. (2008, february 21). Creating a fragrant smelling home. Retrieved from http://home-owner-tips.suite101.com/article.cfm/how_does_your_house_smell
unknown, unknown. (2010, january 26). Green works. Retrieved from http://www.greenworkscleaners.com/cleaners/ Place a bowl of vinegar in your microwave. Then heat it for 2 minutes on high. Then wipe out with wet rag. Add baking soda to the sink and scrub with a wet brush. Then rinse. Sink cleaner Microwave cleaner OBSERVATIONS
All these cleaners were easy to use and worked pretty well. The microwave cleaner smelled kind of bad because of the vinegar, but it goes away after a while. The window cleaner worked good and the newsapaper worked better than i thought it would, but it does take a few swipes to soak up the cleaner. Also the air freshiner smelled great and did a decent job of getting rid of odor. these product recipes that we found in the newspaper article actually would last a normal family about a year, saying you cleaned your home every 4 days or so. 1 bottle of cleaner goes a long way. here are four before and after pictures testing the two cleaners. from what we found the window cleaner is comparable to windex but takes more time for the streaks to go away. the multi purpose cleaner though works on everything! including cloth and laundry. and it works just as good as any other cleaner. Before After After Before each bottle such as windex weighed about a fourth of a pund and if you went through that every month.. a year would be three lbs per family just for that one bottle.. times 307,212,123 americans would be about 921,636,369 lbs of wasted plastic we would save just from window cleaner alone. and lets say an american has five bottles of cleaner then we save about 4,608,181,845 lbs in jus cleaning supplies in one year alone by using reusable spray bottles. a little effort goes a long way!