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other Air Pollutants, the extent and nature
of the health effect from household cleaners will depend on many factors
including level of exposure and length of time exposed. Many household cleaners
contain an astonishing array of organic compounds, solvents, and toxic chemicals
that pollute indoor air.
Eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment are among the immediate symptoms that some people have experienced soon after exposure to some organics. At present, not much is known about what health effects occur from organics usually found in the home.
You can minimize your exposure by using NON-TOXIC or LOW-TOXIC cleaning methods.
Besides being a safer way to clean they are also an economical way of cleaning. Ask your Granny or even your mother depending upon how old you are about them and she probably will say: "That is'nt anything new, thats what we use to use in the old days!"
|Here are 17 of the compounds
you can make and try for yourself:
(Note: When you are to use or mix with WATER, use Distilled or RO Water.)
REMOVING MINERAL DEPOSITS (Hard Water)
Vinegar is great for removing calcium deposit build up.
1) Soak shower head in vinegar overnight, then rinse in hot water, to remove water deposits and keep it flowing freely. Take a baggy and fill it with vinegar and wrap it around shower nozzle. Leave it over night.
2) Use full strength on glass shower doors. With a cloth saturated in vinegar whip down door and let it soak over night. Depending upon amount of buildup you may have to do this a couple of times.
2) After you use a water distiller the deposits left in the heating chamber are mineral deposits. simply soak it over night with vinegar.
Mix a half-cup of borax (a natural mineral that kills mold and bacteria) with 1 gallon hot water. Add a few sprigs of fresh thyme. Steep for 10 minutes, strain and cool. Store in a recycled plastic spray bottle or better yet, a GLASS spray bottle.
Make a paste of baking soda and hot water. Sponge onto stains and wipe clean.
Pour a half-cup of baking soda into drain. Then pour 1 cup of vinegar into drain. Wait 15 minutes then flush with boiling water. Repeat this process a few times if it is necessary. Do the same to freshen your garbage disposal.
GARBAGE DISPOSAL FRESHENER
Grind ice and used lemon or orange in the disposal. Besides freshening, the ice will clean and sharpen the blades.
TOILET BOWL CLEANER
Sprinkle some baking soda into the bowl. Drizzle with vinegar; scour with a toilet brush. This not only cleans, it deodorizes, as well.
MOLD and MILDEW REMOVER
Dissolve half-cup vinegar with half-cup borax in warm water. Mix them fresh for each use.
BASIN, TUB, AND TILE CLEANER
Rub the area to be cleaned with half a lemon dipped in borax. Rinse, and dry with soft cloth.
CERAMIC TILE CLEANER
Mix a quarter-cup of vinegar in a gallon of water. This removes most dirt without scrubbing and does'nt leave a film.
LEATHER SHOE POLISH
Add a shine by polishing it with the inside of a banana peel; then buff.
FURNITURE POLISH - 3 ways!
A) Use a soft cloth and wipe with a bit of mayonnaise.
B) Rub furniture with a cloth dipped in cool tea.
C) Mix 2 parts olive oil with 1 part lemon juice. Apply mixture to furniture with a soft cloth and wipe it dry.
Clean silver with white toothpaste and warm water using an old soft bristled toothbrush.
To magnetize tarnish away, soak silver in salted water in an aluminum container; then wipe it clean.
WOOD FURNITURE CLEANER
To remove water stains on wood furniture, dab white toothpaste onto stain. Allow the paste to dry and then gently buff off with a soft cloth.
WINDOW and MIRROR CLEANERS - 2 ways!
A) Mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with 1 quart warm water. Use a natural linen towel or other soft cloth to clean.
B) Mix half-cup cornstarch with 2 quarts warm water. Apply with sponge then wipe with absorbent cloth or towel. Good for car windows and bathroom mirrors. Do not do windows or glass when sun is on them or if they are warm. This causes the solution to dry to quickly creating unwanted streaks.
Sprinkle surface of pans with coarse salt. Rub salt into stains with the cut half of a fresh lemon.
Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 2 gallons hot water. For greasy floors, add one-forth cup washing soda and 1 tablespoon vegetable-oil-based soap to the mixture.
CAR BATTERY ACID BUILD UP
Pour a can of coke on the battery terminal ends. Wait 10 minutes and then clean terminal ends with water and a brush.
Reducing the amount of chemicals used in the home is only one step towards a healthier indoor living environment. Keep in mind that these methods and mixtures are not new. They have been around for a long time, before the age of chemicals. Ask your grandmother about them and you may be surprised by her answer!
This is for informational purposes only.
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