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Eco-friendly housekeeping

Connie Jameson

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Nowadays many people realize the degrading effects store-bought detergents have on the environment, because it is a serious problem that needs to be dealt with accordingly. If we do not stop polluting mother earth, who knows what will happen; global warming, war, famine etc. No one knows because not once in the history of the human race, have we influenced our habitat this much. And if we do not control our wicked ways, sooner or later we will suffer the consequences of our own ignorance. That is especially true for people who aren't even aware that there is a problem, and that is staring them right in the face. So please, read about eco-friendly housekeeping; educate yourself so we don't tarnish our playpen to the point of no return. Here I have compiled some materials I gathered from my friend who is an expert on green/environmentally sound cleaning and works for house cleaning Finchley.

Detergents Make All The Difference

When people talk about eco-friendly housekeeping, you can be 100% sure that it is somehow related to the evil, commercial detergents that are pushed down our throats. There aren't that many aspects that should be taken into consideration besides this , but if we can substitute even one detergent with something green and eco-friendly, we've done our work. Here are some substitutions I find to be just as good as store-bought detergents, if not better:


  • Sodium Bicarbonate – although this name brings close resemblance to another inorganic chemical (sodium hydroxide), it is not nearly as corrosive or as damaging. Sodium bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, is perhaps the most powerful housekeeping detergent that can be found in almost any kitchen drawer. It works wonders on removing saturated dirt/grime as well as keeping bad odors down to a minimum.

  • White Vinegar – works just as well as baking soda. Usually the vinegar is diluted in water to keep acidity levels down as much as possible. For more heavy contamination, pure white vinegar might be employed, depending on the material in question.

  • Lemon Juice – lemon contains an ingredient known as citric acid. Citric acid exhibits stronger acidity compared to white vinegar. It is used for treating deeply saturated filth and grime. Like white vinegar, it is best to dilute the acid in water, unless the situation demands it.

  • Hydrogen Peroxide – considered quite the powerful oxidizer, hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean stains, whiten whites, clean counter-tops and cutting boards etc. It is absolutely safe to handle, with not ill effect on the environment.

  • Rubbing Alcohol – alcohol had been used as an disinfectant for thousands and thousands of years. It is the perfect disinfectant, for it kills up to 99.9% of all common bacteria. It evaporates rather quickly, making it ideal for treating hard-to dry materials.

Additional Tips

One thing that wastes a lot of Earth's natural resources is the over-production of paper for the household. In fact, nowadays almost every home is accustomed to using paper towels. And there is nothing wrong with that – paper towels are awesome! Or that would be the case if making paper towels didn't involve the systematic chopping-down of trees for cheap commerce. Use a rag or a microfiber towel to soak up spills. Wash and they are as good as new – no killing of trees required. Also, try to use as little water as possible!


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