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Spring Cleaning-The Natural Way

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If you do all you know how to do for your health and still clean with chemicals, you could be still be at risk for health problems. Household cleaners that have warning labels are a clue. Why would you want to clean your house with toxic chemicals? Some tout convenience, and others how it cleans by changing colors, and yet others simply spray on and wipe off. Anything you can spray, you can breath in, and anything that touches your skin, can be absorbed into your body, so read the labels carefully and avoid toxic products.

I choose to clean with plain old baking soda and vinegar. Baking soda can be used as an abrasive cleaner without scratching surfaces and vinegar has the power to kill germs and gets rid of hard water stains. Now you might have to use a little bit more elbow grease, but look at it this way, it burns more calories, and I consider that a plus!

For tougher jobs I use bleach and pinesol sparingly, but not in a spray bottle. Bleach is an excellent disinfectant that kills germs on contact and pinesol cuts through grime and grease in the kitchen and is also a disinfectant. Both can be diluted to the specific job at hand.

But if you would like to try some green household cleaners, Seventh Generation offers a variety of products that kills 99.99% of household germs, specifically: Influenza A viruses including H1N1, Rhinovirus (type 37, the Common Cold virus), Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella enterica, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa on hard, nonporous surfaces. Kills 99.99% of household germs botanically. Effective against Influenza A virus including H1N1. Streak-free spray for easy cleaning. Deodorizes and effectively controls odors. EPA registered. No rinsing or wiping is required, even on food contact surfaces.

These products contain natural herbal essential oils, come in a variety of wonderful scents, are easy on your pocketbook, and are an excellent way to tackle spring cleaning!

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