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Cleaning Supplies Can Sometimes Do More Harm Than Good

Cleaning your home with over-the-counter cleaning supplies can sometimes do more harm than good.
Cleaning your home with over-the-counter cleaning supplies can sometimes do more harm than good.  Most kitchen and household cleaners come with warnings on them about being harmful to not only the environment, but also to you.

Some may even warn you to open your windows while using them.   Here are a few tips for going green while trying to clean.

When doing laundry, replace your fabric softener with a quarter cup of vinegar in your rinse cycle.  This will soften your clothes and also eliminate the soap scum that builds up on the washer drum.

You can replace laundry detergent, bleach, and stain removal with a simple mixture of 1/2 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup of borax.

When cleaning your home, there are several greener alternatives for all-purpose cleaners.

Try using plain baking soda with a little bit of water, or you can try white vinegar with baking soda or the combination of baking soda and lemon juice.

If you thought your coffee pot was stained for good, just try adding some lemon juice, salt, a little water and ice inside the pot to clean it. Swirl and mix around and then wash it as you normally would.

When dusting, a slightly damp cloth will remove dust but if you want a furniture polish, use a teaspoon of lemon oil mixed with a cup of vegetable oil and apply mixture with a dry cloth. 

Avoid using air fresheners.  According to Nature's Resource Defense Council, around 75% of American homes use some form of air freshener.  What these home owners don't realize is that these are literally air pollutants that contain toxic chemicals and can cause serious health hazards.

Instead, perhaps a warming pot of cinnamon sticks with a few citrus rinds and cloves will add a nice ambiance to your home.

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