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Chemical Free Cleaning for a Student? Answered

I am trying to eliminate chemicals in my house. Does anyone have a whole-house cleaning regimen that will do this? Right now I like to spray everything with bleach, let it sit, wipe it down.?

I'm also trying to change a habit of letting everything collect until I clean it all a month later.

I also have a kitty.

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Z..

9 years ago

Without question white vinegar is your best friend! I also use Bicarbonate of Soda (across the pond- Baking Powder, as Burf said. Bicarb Soda/Cream of Tartar make BS...,er, Baking Powder!).

I have used these two for a couple of decades or more. Not because of the environment, to be honest,-but because they are much cheaper and healthier.

BP- will do the same job as a scouring powder. Mixed with the vinegar-in the drain-it will keep your sink/bathroom sink drains clear.

Vinegar can be used on kitchen surfaces/cleaning off chopping boards/getting the film off shower glass/removing mildew-(use it in a spray bottle, and spray the shower tiles before you take a shower! A washing up brush will remove stubborn mildew)/cleaning windows (use newspaper to rub it on-off/last visit of the night..., put a half cupful down the pan (just slosh in an approximate!)--you will hardly ever need to scrub a toilet if you do this)/it brightens up brass-not spectacularly, but brightens it...use ketchup for a good brass clean.....

Somebody stop me!!!

There are a myriad of uses for these two. Check online.

One thing is for sure;-all these cleaners and polishers, and antiseptic-ers, are unnecessary. They are designed to pick your pocket-not clean your house!!

There is a third thing, but my somewhat advanced years are kicking in. I'm damned if I can remember what it is!!!

Good Luck and seasons greetings.

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steveastroukZ..

Answer 9 years ago

Dilute solution of acetic acid ? sounds chemical to me.

Steve

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Z..steveastrouk

Answer 9 years ago

Well there you go! acetic acid is vinegar...., vinegar is chemical....

Or did you mean mixing it with BP? Therefore are we talking reaction or component?

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iPodGuy

9 years ago

White Vinegar, Baking soda, Castille soap (it's made from veggies).

This book completely changed the way I clean my house and the products I use to do it.  I highly recommend it.  It's called "Green Housekeeping" and it focuses on common products that improve air quality within the home and are healthy for the environment. Check it out:

http://www.amazon.com/Green-Housekeeping-Ellen-Sandbeck/dp/1416544550/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260983734&sr=8-1

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DELETED_GuardianFox

9 years ago

Just today I was researching personal grooming with fewer chemicals and found this:

http://www.lesstoxicguide.ca/index.asp?fetch=household

They mention a lot of homemade alternatives for things like window cleaner.  They list products that they generally consider safer to use than others that do the same job. 

It's a very good guide to start with!

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Burf

9 years ago

Some generally safe household agents good for various cleaning purposes:
White vinegar
Hydrogen peroxide
Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol
Salt water
dishwashing detergent
Baking soda

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steveastrouk

9 years ago

Personally I wouldn't spread sodium hypochlorite solution around all over, even diluted with di-hydrogen monoxide. ......

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lemonie

9 years ago

Use plain water? (Oh no, that's a chemical too...)
For what reasons? - People can advise you of different chemicals if they know which ones you don't want to use. Domestic bleach is quite good for a lot of things, then again so it Fairy Liquid...

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