CLEANING THE INTERNAL + EXTERNAL: REVEALING BEAUTY
team dhyana's TOP green cleaning hacks for your home
The environment is where we all meet; where all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.
Chemicals in many cleaners are common pollutants that contribute to smog, reduce the quality of drinking water, and are toxic to animals. Using all-natural cleaners contribute to a healthier environment. They help reduce ozone depletion, global climate change and pollution to waterways and air. Conventional cleaners are known to easily seep into your water supply, and water treatment plants have difficulty treating a large volume of such chemicals.
SAFE FOR YOUR HEALTH!
Ammonia-based cleaners are especially dangerous and should be avoided. Exposure to high concentrations of ammonia in air may lead to bronchial and alveolar edema. This may obstruct the air passage and cause respiratory disorders. Direct contact with industrial cleaners that contain high concentrations of ammonia may also inflict severe skin burns, permanent eye damage, or even blindness.
OUR GO-TO ALL-NATURAL CLEANING PRODUCTS
Tools used and recommended by environmentally-friendly professional cleaners.
1. OPTIM 33TB by Sci Can
For cleaning + disinfecting, we use OPTIM 33TB by Sci Can, the only cleaner-disinfectant registered with the EPA. OPTIM 33TB is a hydrogen peroxide-based cleaning-disinfectant that cleans well, kills germs quickly, and is safe to use and safe for the environment. It even kills Norwalk-like viruses, the polio virus and even the common cold virus, all known to be resistant to many surface disinfectants.
2. DoTerra's On Guard Cleaner Concentrate
We love DoTerra's On Guard Cleaner Concentrate - a natural cleaner made of premium grade essential oils. Not only is this cleaner environmentally friendly and super effective - it’s an IMMUNITY BOOSTER! So when our cleaners breath it in, it actually improves their health! Quite the opposite of synthetic chemicals that are known to break down immune systems. BONUS: this cleaner smells DIVINE!
3. Pink Solution: Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Pink solution is a must for your non-toxic cleaning supply list! This multi-purpose all-natural cleaner is biodegradable and is also one of the best natural enzyme cleaners out there! When mixed with water, natural enzymes emulsify dirt, grease and grime, and restore finishes to their natural state. Pink Solution contains no chemicals, and can be inhaled, eaten and used without any gloves, with no ill effects.
4. Nature Clean: Cream Cleanser
Nature Clean Cream Cleanser is a non-scratching, non-toxic, chlorine free, biodegradable cleanser that works wonders. This particular product provides a healthier clean without the use of potentially dangerous sulphates (SLES), alcohol ethoxylates, phthalates, parabens, perfumes, dyes or petroleum ingredients. It can be used to clean laundry, dishes, and produce!
OUR TOP AT-HOME GREEN CLEANING HACKS
SOLUTION: Wet the stained portion of the fabric with warm water. Apply concentrated Pink Solution as a paste (no diluting) directly onto the stain, rub in, and let sit for 10 minutes before tossing into the wash.
Pink solution is a natural enzyme cleaner. Enzymes are macromolecular biological catalysts that speed up chemical reactions and break down various types of stains.
2. MOLD OR MILDEW IN YOUR TILE GROUT?
SOLUTION: Mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide in a small bowl to form a paste. Apply the paste to your tile grout and let sit for approx. 10 minutes (this allows the mixture some time to loosen any dirt). After 10 minutes, gently scrub the grout and tiles with a grout brush and wipe clean and VOILA!
Hydrogen peroxide for cleaning is safe to use on grout, as it is a natural cleaner that won’t eat away at grout like vinegar can. When mixed with baking soda, hydrogen peroxide forms oxygenated bleach, and that chemical reaction safely cleans the surface.
3. BURNT POTS AND PANS?
SOLUTION: Tackle the problem by cleaning with baking soda and vinegar! Fill your burnt pot or pan with 1 cup of water and 1 cup of vinegar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiled, remove from heat, place in sink, and add 2 tablespoons of baking soda. After the mixture has fizzed, empty out the pot or pan and scrub with a slightly abrasive scrubber (we suggest Pink Solution’s black nylon scrubber). Your pots will look brand new!
Baking soda and vinegar react with each other because they exchange atoms. In this reaction, baking soda acts as a base, and takes a proton from vinegar, which is an acid. The reaction releases gas because when the baking soda receives the proton, it transforms into water and carbon dioxide.
4. RUST STAINS OR LIME RINGS IN YOUR PORCELAIN TOILET BOWL?
SOLUTION: Pumice stone! First, soften the pumice stone by submerging it into the water of the toilet bowl (this will prevent scratching). Once wet, simply rub the stone over the tough rust or lime ring the same way you would use an eraser. We guarantee those stains will magically disappear within seconds!
Pumice (volcanic rock) is a very soft and porous stone. Pumice stone is effective for cleaning porcelain toilet bowls because the stone is harder than most mineral deposits and stains that typically develop on toilets, yet softer than porcelain.
5. NEED A NEW (AND BUDGET-FRIENDLY) ALL-NATURAL, ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER?
SOLUTION: Save your citrus peels! That’s right – when life gives you lemons… clean!
You’ll need: Citrus peels, white vinegar, 1 large mason jar, fine mesh sieve, 1 large bowl, and a spray bottle. To do: Fill mason jar halfway with citrus peels and then fill the jar entirely with vinegar. Cover the jar with lid and let sit in a dark place for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, strain your citrus cleaner using a fine mesh sieve placed over a large bowl and discard the peels. Pour your citrus cleaner into a spray bottle and there you have it! Your own all-purpose (and natural) spray cleaner!
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