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Think Green Thursdays: Going Green To Clean!

By: CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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We all must keep a clean and healthy home as well as surroundings. So when it comes time to scour the sinks and disinfect our digs, we make no bones about doing what we have to do, in an effort to maintain order and sanitary conditions.

When you clean, what you use makes a difference in terms of environmental health. The harshest of chemicals can help give your home a sparkling shine, but are you cleaning at a high health cost? Check out ways to clean your home using environmentally safe and mild products.

When I clean my mirrors and I am looking to save my environment, I use vinegar. Vinegar is great at cleaning mirrors as well as glass. Make a solution of 1/2 cup vinegar with about a quart of warm water. Put mixture in a spray bottle and allow that to be your cleaner! It is quite effective and really helps glass and mirrors maintain a great shine.

For my bathrooms and kitchen, baking soda is my friend. Take a box of your baking soda, sprinkle it in your toilet bowl, add some white vinegar and scrub it with a brush. Your tub, tile and counter-tops can also benefit from baking soda. When I clean those areas, I also add some fresh squeezed lemon into the mix and combine it with my baking soda for a great scrub. Rinse and dry the surface when you’re done.

Also, when my garbage disposal is not so fresh and clean, I take some lemon wedges instead of chemicals, place them down the disposal, run it and boy… my kitchen smells wonderful and my disposal is clean!

OK… so I cut myself in my bedroom once and the blood dripped on the carpet. Was all lost? Not at all… cause I used hydrogen peroxide to lift the blood stain. In fact, you can use it to lift stains out of fabric and even clothing that has blood in it. I never mix my hydrogen peroxide with anything; I give it to my carpets and fabrics “straight”. So pour it on there, watch it fizzle for a bit and then watch the blood float away effortlessly!

When it comes to my wood furniture and floors, I take a mixture of 1/2 tsp olive or jojoba oil and 1/4 cup vinegar. I then grab an empty bottle to fill my mixture with as well as soft rag. Then I commence to applying my oil and vinegar to the furniture, in small amounts of course.

(Photo Credit: Ryan McVay/Getty Images)

(Photo Credit: Ryan McVay/Getty Images)

Let those crayon marks or scuffs on the walls be things of the past after you rub them with toothpaste and a damp cloth. If you have wallpaper, however, I would not use the toothpaste… that is just my thought.

Finally, when it comes to deodorizing your place, you can still do so and help out the environment. There are many products that are great for the environment that are sold in stores but I do a few things that cost less. Remember those lemon wedges I put down my garbage disposal? The smell of the chopped lemons really lifts my home. When I was younger, my mom used to simmer (not boil!) fresh cinnamon, cloves and other spices for a great scent. Also, fresh oranges simmering or down your disposal too, can be used to deodorize your home. Looking to get rid of those pesky carpet orders or another way to freshen your garbage disposal? Pour baking soda on that carpet as well as down your garbage disposal. Allow the baking soda to absorb the orders for a few hours or even overnight and then vacuum your carpet and run your garbage disposal. The odors should be gone! Watch related video here and share ways you clean your home using environmentally sound products. Click here to view related video.

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