Clean Home Without using Toxic Products

Before you purchase any cleaning product ask yourself a few simple questions:

- Is there is a safer, gentler alternative?
- Can this product be safely stored?

It's easy to learn to make your own cleaning products with natural ingredients.

Baking Soda - absorbs odors, deodorizes, mild abrasive
The virtues of baking soda cannot be emphasized enough. It's amazing in its powers to eat up chemical oders. I always keep baking soda in the kitchen and use it in place of commercial scouring powder.

Borax- disinfects, deodorizes, inhibits mold

Australian Tea Tree Oil - this essential oil is an excellent fungicide and bactercide.

Citrus Seed Extract - Citrus fruit has awesome cleaning properties. Grapefruit seed extract is considered antifungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial. It is used as a persevative in many cosmetics.

For more information visit www.epa.gov, the Web site of the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA advises buying only nontoxic, unscented cleaning products such as those that can be found from mail-order sources or in health-food stores. Another possibility is to substitute gentler products such as baking soda, vinegar, salt and vegetable oil-based liquid soap for most household cleaning.


How to remove mold without harsh chemicals

Household molds are one of the most common causes of allergic reactions in the home, especially in humid climates and seasons. Even if you don't have an allergy, mold can irritate your respiratory system. Mold can easily be eliminated with tea tree oil and vinegar.

Mold (and mildew, which is a whitish powdery form of mold) is a fungus. Like nearly all fungi, mold grows in damp, dark places: kitchen sinks, bathtubs, leaky pipes, underneath refrigerators, in basements and carpets. In most cases mold is more of an annoyance than a serious health issue.

The primary strategy for preventing mold is to monitor moisture. Fix leaks immediately. Wipe up spills. Don't let water escape from the shower. Use a dehumidifer if necessary, especially in a damp basement. Mold dislikes light, especially ultraviolet light.

Check your refrigerator drip tray at least two or three times a year. After you have cleaned the pan, sprinkle and leave 1/2 cup of Borax in the pan.

Run your food disposal once a day and pour 3 to 5 cupos of vinegar down the drain at least once a week. Vinegar kills almost 82% of molds, as well as 99% of bacteria, and 80% of viruses.

Food is the main source of toxic molds, so throw it away before it becomes moldy. Empty compost every day.

In the bathrooom, the grout between your bathroom tiles can become black or gray. A spray can be used to remove this. Tea Tree Oil Spray will stop mold, that can grow high up on walls or ceilings, but you must wipe it down afterwards.

You may want to consider an exhaust fan in your bathroom to remove mold-causing humidity. Exhaust the fan all the way to the outdoors. Bathroom towels and rugs should be changed frequently to avoid moisture buildup.