Introduction: 5 Ecological Cleaning Tips

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You can buy a lot of chemical cleaning agents in the drugstores that pollute the environment and cause hazard to health. The manufacturers often suggest that you get your house more and easier clean than with other products. But everybody can avoid hazardous chemicals and substitute them with ecological alternatives.
Bonus: often safing the earth also saves a lot money!

Step 1: Substitute Fabric Conditioner

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If you want your laundry to be soft you can use vinegar instead of fabric conditioner. Also citric acid can be used. Just fill to the box for the conditioner and wash your laundry a little bit more ecological.
You could just use the cheapest one. It doesnt really matter what kind of. If you dont like the smell, you could also use citric acid. Just take as much as you would take when you use fabric softener.

Step 2: Lemon Dishwashing

Lemon juice or citric acid can also substitute dishwashing detergent. It acts as a fat solvent and your dishes get clean like with "normal" detergent. If you recognize that it doesnt takes effect to your dishes anymore, add more juice or change the water. Always wash with warm water instead of cold.

Step 3: Do Not Use Chlorine

Do not use chlorine cleaning agent. It is toxic and do mostly only bleach the dirt but not cleans it. Use normal neutral cleanser instead of clorine.

Step 4: Use Warm Water

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Use handwarm water for wiping the floor. Do not use too much neutral cleansers for that. It should not produce too much foam.

Step 5: Upcycle Old Clothes

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Upcycle old t-shirts, jeans or even underwear to supercool and free cleaning rags. Just cutting your old fashioned outfit into small pieces for washing your dishes, wiping the floor or cleaning windows.

Comments

SHIFT! (author)2011-05-08

These are all very good ideas but do you think you could please post more pictures of how they can actually be used? For instance instead of telling us how vinegar can be used instead of fabric softener, you could add in how much to add, what kind of vinegar, etc.

mischka (author)SHIFT!2011-05-09

Thank you for your comments.

In the case of vinegar just use the cheapest one. It doesnt really matter what kind of. If you dont like the smell, you could also use citric acid. Just take as much as you would take when you use fabric softener.

While washing your dishes with lemon juice you'll recognize when it stops cleaning. Just add more to the water and go on or change the water.

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