July

28

2013

 
cleaning products for the home

Keeping your home clean with green cleaning solutions can keep your family healthy and pests away.

Keeping your home clean each and every day can seem like a challenge; doing it without the use of chemicals can seem even more difficult! But there are so many good reasons to keep your home clean and many more good reasons to use ‘green’ cleaning solutions! A clean home keeps your family healthy, eliminates pests like ants, cockroaches and rodents and can give you an overall feeling of relaxation and restfulness. Using green cleaning solutions instead of the cleaning chemicals you buy at the store can help reduce your family’s exposure to materials that may be harmful to their health and helps you reduce your carbon footprint.  Here are some indispensable green cleaning ingredients and tips to help keep your home clean, your family healthy and your property free from nuisance and damaging pests! 

  • Use baking soda to clean, deodorize and scour surfaces, like tough stains on your stove top.

  • Unscented soap is biodegradable and will clean anything you need, including floors, counters, pantries, sinks, etc. Make sure you choose a soap that does not contain petroleum distillates.

  • Lemon juice is effective against most bacteria that can be found in your home.

  • Borax, which is sodium borate, will clean, deodorize and disinfect.  It can clean wall-paper, painted walls and floors.

  • White vinegar is known for its ability to cut grease, remove mildew, odors and even wax build-up.

  • Cornstarch can be used to clean windows, polish furniture and shampoo carpets and rugs. 

Combinations of these products can provide less harmful substitutions for the cleaning products you can purchase at the store. Typically, these cleaning options are less expensive. But knowing how to use these products is helpful! Here are a few cleaning solution ‘recipes’ to help keep your home clean, keep your family healthy and provide ant control, cockroach control and rodent control inside your home. 

  • Mix ½ cup vinegar with ¼ cup baking soda into ½ a gallon of water. You can the resulting solution to clean showers, bathroom chrome fixtures and mirrors. 
  • To remove carpet stains, mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. You can spray this directly on a stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Once it has had a chance to penetrate the stain, use a brush or sponge dipped in warm soapy water to clean the stained area. 
  • To disinfect the surface of chopping blocks or cutting boards, rub a slice of lemon across the surface. If your cutting board has stains, squeeze lemon juice onto the area and let it sit for 10 minutes and then wipe. 
  • For an effective disinfectant, mix 2 teaspoons borax with 4 Tablespoons vinegar and 3 cups of hot water. Use with a dampened cloth or in a spray bottle to clean kitchens and bathrooms. 
  • To clean kitchen or sink drains, mix ½ cup of salt into 4 liters of water. Heat on the stove (but not to a boil) and then pour this solution down the drain.  If this isn’t effective and you need something stronger, pour ½ cup baking soda down the drain and then add ½ cup vinegar. The chemical reaction that occurs can break up fatty acids and turn them into soap and glycerine, which will allow any clogs to wash down the drain.  Wait 15 minutes and then pour in boiling water to clear any residue that may be left.  (this should not be used if you have plastic plumbing pipes or if you have previously tried a commercial drain opener). 

These cleaning solutions can help to eliminate bacteria that may be lurking in your home without resorting to commercial cleaning products. These solutions should help reduce pests as well, as a clean home often doesn’t attract insects or rodents. If you’re finding that you still have pests inside your Colorado home, contact EnviroPest by Sprague for home pest control in Denver, Boulder and surrounding areas. Providing green pest control services that limit the use of chemicals, you can say goodbye to ants and other pests that like to infest homes in Colorado.  Contact us today for more information on our Colorado pest control including green pest services and our commitment to Environmental Responsibility for your Colorado home.