Green Cleaning is the Way to Go

“Cleanliness is not next to godliness. It isn’t even in the same neighborhood. No one has ever gotten a religious experience out of removing burned-on cheese from the grill of the toaster oven”. – Erma Bombeck

Green cleaning is generally defined as the use of products and cleaning methods that include environmentally-friendly elements that “protect health without harming the environment”. The term “green cleaning” can also refer to a type of human behavior that encourages the exclusive application of healthy, eco-friendly products on a regular basis, as well as advising other consumers about how green cleaning can be effectively utilized every day. There has even been a steady increase in the availability of products offered in biodegradable packaging via environmentally-friendly manufacture and distribution methods.

In the past few years, there has been a vocal groundswell in the amount of people across the nation expressing the desire to ditch their expensive and chemical-filled cleaning products, electing instead to choose more simple, good-for-the-Earth techniques. In fact, some men and women who are wholly invested in the green cleaning lifestyle swear by the use of a tiny dusting of baking soda in favor of costly underarm deodorants! They even sing the praises of old shirts, socks and towels that have been cut up and used as disposable sweeper cloths and window-washing squeegees, as opposed to pricey fabric cleaning dusters.

If you become dizzy while scrubbing away with your vast array of colorful multi-purpose sponges, toilet brushes and kitchen mops and start to feel lightheaded, you might need to ask yourself if you really trust the numerous unknown chemicals in the cleaning products you continually use. Instead, here are some great homegrown cleaning recipes that everyone can use:

All-Purpose Cleaner: This simple mixture can clean, disinfect, and deodorize a variety of surfaces, so you can wipe down kitchen and bathroom countertops, stovetops, kitchen appliances, and much more. Here’s what you’ll need:

-1 cup of white vinegar
-1 cup of water
-1 spray bottle

Instructions: Mix white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray on surface and wipe with a cloth or sponge. Caution: If you don’t properly dilute the white vinegar, you can actually end up harming the surface you want to clean. Make sure you test the concoction on a small area first to assess its efficacy.

Surface Scrub: If you have any of those disgusting spots, streaks or stains on your countertops that never seem to leave, this green remedy can be used in place of many commercially available products. Here’s what you’ll need:

-1 ½ cup of baking soda
-½ cup of water

Instructions: Mix the baking soda and water in a bowl to create a creamy paste. Spread the paste over the surface area and, after letting it sit for about 10 minutes, wipe it down with a moist sponge. If the stain is really stubborn and refuses to budge, let the paste stand for between 20-25 minutes before trying to sponge it off. If needed, repeat this a few more times if it doesn’t vanish after the first attempt. Caution: Be sure not to use overly abrasive sponge pads that may damage the surface.

Fabric Softener: For those with sensitive skin, detergents with “normal” ingredients can still cause awful rashes and other skin irritations. Adding half a cup of white vinegar to the soak cycle of your wash on laundry day is a fantastic organic fabric softener. Here’s what you’ll need:

-½ cup of white vinegar

Instructions: Pour the white vinegar in during the rinse cycle, or into the fabric softener compartment if your washing machine has one.

Healthy Lifestyle Requires a Healthy Home

In order to support a healthy lifestyle, one must think about more than eating right, regular exercise and taking vitamin supplements. A healthy body needs a healthy home to give it the all-around support that complements a healthy lifestyle – and choosing green cleaning products can help.

Using harsh chemicals to clean contributes to unhealthy air in the home, not to mention a mixture of dangerous chemicals ending up in the septic system or the city sewage system. Increasing importance is being made of using green cleaning products because of the concerns over the health of our Earth. But, people need to realize starting their environmental efforts at home is the best way to make a significant difference toward establishing a healthy lifestyle. Different types of natural products often work better than harsh chemical cleansers and by doing so naturally, the environment will stay green longer. Thus the reason green cleaning is becoming so popular for those committed to a healthy lifestyle.

Many of the more effective green cleaning products that contribute to a healthy lifestyle are those made with enzymes and bacteria that safely and effectively remove organic stains and odors. Grass, berry juices, blood and wine are perfect examples of organic stains that are difficult to remove. Besides working on stains, using all-natural enzymatic cleaners can actually break down organic odor-producing molecules. These types of green cleaning products work on stains and odors by attaching to the contaminant and breaking it into two separate molecules, and therefore changing its chemical structure. The stain or odor molecule is degraded and no longer has the characteristics that made it a stain or an odor.

Enzymatic cleaners have unlimited uses for supporting a healthy lifestyle, from removing odors caused by smoke, restrooms, trashcans, litter boxes, nursery pails, kennels, etc. to removing stains, and all without dangerous chemicals. The benefits of these green cleaning products are obvious and include not having toxic odors in the house from cleaning chemicals that are dangerous to inhale as well as to have on your skin or in your eyes. Also, you are keeping your septic system in better shape as well as your pipes that lead to it. More importantly, you don’t have to worry about residue from harsh cleansers affecting your healthy lifestyle, or that of your family or pets.

Other enzyme green cleaning products can be used specifically to break down the waste in septic systems. For those people who have a septic tank in their yard, if they have ever had to have it pumped, they know how expensive and frustrating it can be. Using a waste degrader that not only uses enzymes, but living bacteria, is a safe and extremely effective way to consume liquefied waste, converting it into inert compounds like water, carbon dioxide, and minimal solids, and protecting one’s healthy lifestyle. Organic wastes are things like cooking oils and grease, body oils that come off in the shower or bath, and sewage from bathrooms. Biodegrading this waste is a simple, safe and cost effective way to prevent septic tank and drain field problems from arising.

Also, what can you do about antifreeze, transmission oil, power steering fluid, and motor oil leaks on your driveway and garage floor? The typical cleaning solvents that are used are harsh, highly alkaline soaps and hydrocarbon-based cleaners that are not compatible with a healthy lifestyle. These solvents are toxic to humans, and once the leak is cleaned up, the toxin-soaked rags are pitched into a waste can or bagged for disposal in a landfill. In effect then, the problem is being transferred initially to a different location in your home (hold your breath!), only later to be deposited in a landfill at great long-term expense to the public. Enzyme and bacterial green cleaning products offer a solution to degrade the automotive fluids safely and effectively. The problem is solved (or “dissolved and degraded”) at home and can be washed away with a little normal dish detergent and water.

Green cleaning products using enzymes can also be used in pools and spas. They emulsify and digest skin oils, suntan lotions and other organic contaminants, keeping the water clear and eliminating the host environment or substrate that would allow the algae to grow. Using enzymes in this way enhances a healthy lifestyle by reducing the amount of chemicals, such as chlorine, needed to keep the water clean and in turn helps to diminish the side effects of using those chemicals such as stinging, watery eyes and itchy dry skin. Plus, the use of an enzyme-based green cleaning routine assists in keeping the filter lines clear and by following this green approach can save the consumer money and time.

Another use for a green cleaning system involving enzymes and bacteria that isn’t commonly known is as soil conditioners for lawns and gardens. Using fertilizers yearly is, simply put, a waste of time and money – and can impact a healthy lifestyle in a negative way. This is not to mention the run-off that goes into the streams, rivers and lakes that supply drinking water. By using a soil conditioner (enzymes and surfactants derived from bacteria), you can aerate and oxygenate the soil in turn, breaking down the complex nutrients, feeding the plants and grass by making the nutrients easily assimilated by the roots.

Enzymes are created naturally in the human body, animals, plants, and bacteria. Nature has been using them for billions of years, and now we know how effective and safe they can be for our day-to-day lives. So the next time you are shopping, take the time to read some labels and educate yourself about safe, natural cleaning products. With so many ‘green cleaning’ products becoming available, you are sure to find what you need to complement your healthy lifestyle.

Why Should We Clean?

There are a lot of reasons why should we clean. When you own something or are in charge of an object, it is our duty to take care of it. It maybe something we own, or rent, or just holding for the time being, but nevertheless, we are in charge of it. We need to treat our homes like we treat ourselves. Our goal is to keep ourselves fit and healthy. These are the same needs our living space requires from us.

Cleaning promotes self worth. It is a confidence booster that shows that we can accomplish a task when we put our minds to it. Once we accomplish a task, we then can see that we are good at something therefore allowing us to take on more tasks! If people think that we are not good at something, lazy, and inconsiderate, these opinions of you can be magnified ten times more by the space we inhabit!

If inviting friends over to your house to have dinner or watch a movie, do you want them to sit in a dirty home? If you are sitting in your home watching a movie or having dinner, do YOU want to sit in a dirty home? We can understand laziness but understand this; we cannot accomplish the major things in life without taking care of the little things.

One of the ingredients for a clean and healthy lifestyle is… you see where I am going with this. Taking care of these two things promotes happiness in our daily lives. If you live a clean lifestyle, you can now focus on the healthy aspect but finding time to work out and learning to take care of your body and mind. What you put into your body is going to be the reflection of what it looks like on the outside. So why would you do that to your home? Let your home be a reflection of you.

You got to understand, that you can’t do it all in one day. Nor are we telling you to do it that fast. Take some time each day to do a little here and there, then the overwhelming task of cleaning doesn’t feel like you are climbing a mountain with flip-flops. Do a room or two a day, or take an afternoon to do it all! This would not only allow you to feel like you have gotten some cleaning out of the way, but also created accomplishment, which is a self-esteem booster!