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A HANDY HELPFUL HANDBOOK


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(photo courtesy of Daryl Rantis, Architect)




 Are you ready to scout out  "safe alternatives" to  harsh household chemicals? Are you set to eliminate what can be toxic for you and your family?? Then, read on for  a clue-in about harmful ingredients and how you can not only improve the indoor air quality of your  living spaces, but have a positive impact on public health.



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Take a quick peek at some happy product alternatives. Below you will find concoctions that can help you take charge of mildew and mold and  clean cutting boards and countertops with non-toxic results. Here also  is an alphabetical list of a few household toxins you may choose to do without- starting with indoor air quality (IAQ).


Go ahead and add a bit of  magic in the air




TEST YOUR IAQ

INDOOR AIR QUALITY QUIZ




WHICH COULD BE HARMFUL?


Here's a quick test for you. In terms of chemical reactions and/or indoor air quality, which of the following do you think could be harmful? Check out this list of popular products on the market.

   _____ bleach ___copper cleaner ___drain cleaner ____ window cleaner 
_____fabric softener   ___ perfume  ___ standard candles ___ carpet cleaner


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ANSWERS FOLLOW


The left-hand column below provides a short list of potentially harmful products. On the right you will notice others to consider  as alternatives. After this,  you may simply opt for "good old-fashioned" hand-made remedies for cleaning and polishing you indoor spaces. 

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THE POTENTIALLY HARMFUL

Bleach (EPA-registered pesticide)


Brass polish


Carpet cleaner



Copper cleaner


Counter top (marble)   



THE FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVES

instead of bleach- white vinegar, borax, lemon juice, summer sun

instead of brass polish- make a soft paste of lemon juice and cream of tartar

instead of carpet cleaner- corn meal , baking soda + 20 drops essential oil,steam clean with a vinegar-water

instead of copper cleaner- lemon juice


instead try - spray bottle with 1 tablespoon
of natural liquid soap such as Castile soap

POTENTIALLY HARMFUL

Dish-washing liquid       


Drain freshener


Fabric softer


Floor cleaner


Furniture polish


Glass-window cleaner  


Insects go away (ants)


Mildew be gone


Stainless appliances

FRIENDLY ALTERNATIVES

lemon juice, distilled hot water and sea salt, few drops of  essential oil

rinse drain  then pour a cup of baking soda down followed by boiling water

simply add a small scoop of baking soda during rinse cycle


several drops of eucalyptus oil  and vinegar

extra virgin olive oil, lemon grass oil, vinegar


vinegar in water-wipe with newspaper


bay leaf in drawer, cayenne powder in holes, mint pots by door to home

hydrogen peroxide(remove)
borax (inhibit)


white vinegar



P.S. THIS MAY BE THE ULTIMATE ALL-PURPOSE CLEANER



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This may be YOUR ULTIMATE All-Purpose cleaner .

Not only does it work (try it for yourself!) but putting it together is fun. And you can enjoy the comments you receive.

You can find this All-Purpose cleaner at Lexie: Naturals .

The Silver Sage tested it. She added her own  * twist * ... .you can do that, too!

TRY THIS:

Ingredients

Recycled Glass containers
Orange peels
(Or any other citrus fruit peels. This makes it smell great plus it adds cleaning power.)


1-2 TBS Salt (*sea salt-Silver Sage)

Vinegar
Water
Essential oil  (* Silver Sage used lemon grass oil- 10 drops-)

Mixing It Up:

Step One:  Cut orange peels ... fill any empty glass containers you have on hand.  If you don't have glass containers you can fill any containers that you have.

Step Two: Add [sea] salt to the orange peels and let them sit for 20-30 minutes (or longer).  This will pull the oils from the peels and ultimately make your cleaning solution stronger.  You only need enough salt to lightly cover the peels.

Step Three:  Fill the containers with vinegar and water... 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water because my solution smelled a tad bit too much like vinegar.

Step Four:  Put a TIGHT FITTING lid on the jars and let the solution sit and be pretty for 2-3 weeks.  The longer it sits the better.  Jars make  conversation starters ((*:*))

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More? You may also want to check out the articles on  Safe Supplements and  WELLNESS PAGES.



 ONE STEP FURTHER: Find out about how you can deal with harmful air-borne elements from indoors- from stale air, to toxic pollutants given off by building materials, and possibly radon gas which seeps into buildings from soil through small openings in foundations -











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