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Some of the suggestions are not appropriate for anyone with allergies. Hanging clothes or bed linens outside on the line will aggravate anyone with allergies. The pollen and DUST from the outdoors is brought into the house, then has to be removed.
Also, essential oils should also be used with care. I'm allergic to lavender, and floral scents also trigger sinus congestion and really bad headaches.
On the other hand, I do clean my tile floors with vinegar and water. The smell is gone in less than an hour. The first time I tried it, I was shocked to see how much brighter my floors looked. The floor cleaner I was using before left a hazy film on the tile and the floors never looked clean. With the vineger, they looked like new.
I have yet to find a really good bathroom cleaner - green or otherwise - that will take the hard water stains off my cultured marble shower stall.
I try to use "green" cleaning supplies. A month or so ago I found an article on-line giving ideas for using vodka. I bought the cheap stuff; washed my window, made homemade vanilla just to name a few. It has been a standing joke about using the vodka but if it works what the heck.
There seem to be a lot of people who are not able to hang out their laundry for various reasons. I use foldable laundry racks (take up minimal space) inside my house and also a retractable clothesline in the garage. If you're like me and don't have a laundry room, just find a corner where you can stick them out of the way for a few hours. It may limit how many loads you can do at a time (depending on how heavy the clothes are), but you'd be surprised how quickly the clothes dry while you're doing other things. Not running everything through the dryer saves on electricity, as well as wear and tear on clothes. Plus, if my clothes shrink, I'll know it's because I haven't been exercising enough - I can't blame it on the dryer! ;)
I can't even imagine the allergic reaction I would have to wearing clothes that have been hanging outside in the fresh pollen all day. Just thinking about it makes my eyes itch and my sinuses clog.
I'm pretty sure lemon juice is a bad idea for wood furniture--do you mean lemon oil? I never let anything with water touch my wood.
Now that I'm pregnant, I'm looking for safer cleaning products and techniques, both for during my pregnancy and when our little one is in the home. Would all of these products be safe, as far as fumes and handling?
Great ideas, but some common houseplants are toxic when eaten so be careful if you have pets or young children.
If you already have a swifter, no need to throw it out. I just use thin dish rags on it. They fit in the little hole catchers just fine, and when done, just throw them in the wash.
Try Mrs. Meyer clean home supplies and they smell like a flower garden.
I like many of the ideas in this article, but I will say that I've never been crazy about wiping windows and mirrors with old newspapers. To me, it just makes a big mess! Also, you need to be careful with houseplants. They can be great air cleaners unless the potting soil gets moldy. And check municipality laws and homeowners association rules. I know ours do not allow clotheslines for air drying laundry. There's a great book called "Talking Dirty with the Queen of Clean" by Linda Cobb for those of you who are interested in homemade, ecofriendly, less expensive household cleaners.
Great article! I already do a lot of the things mentioned but I learned a few great new ideas too. Thanks!
Very useful information. I saved this article for future reference. Thanks!
Good things to know.
We cannot use the clothesline, too many people in the house with seasonal allergies. Hanging the clothes out brings in too many triggers.
Great ideas, just in time for spring cleaning. Thanks!
great tips! i look forward to using them when i clean this week!
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