Cleaning Products

Routine households cleaners need to be able to create a clean, fresh and sanitary environment, but it should not pose health risks to the family or the environment. This balance can be achieved by using very common household items that have proven their effective cleaning abilities throughout the years.

Some of these more vintage cleaners may require more time and energy to help maintain the home, simply because they are not as corrosive as their more modern counterparts. The intense level of toxic material that are found in many modern cleaning agents can actually cause harm to the environment, the health of our family and be destroying the surfaces which you are trying to maintain.

We should always begin cleaning with the most mild cleaner and slowly work towards more abrasive and toxic cleaners. By maintaining a regular cleaning routine these products will be very easy and effective.

Some simple and financially wise cleaners that can be used routinely in the home are listed below:

1. General All-Purpose Degreaser: For cleaning simple spills and greasy fingerprints around the home, simply combine 2 cups of warm water with 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle. Simply spray the area allow a minute or two for the dishwashing liquid to penetrate the surface and wipe with a clean damp cloth. This will be safe on countertops, wood and stone surfaces. (PH Level is neutral 6.5-7)

2. Bathroom, Kitchen Sink and Oven Cleaner: A gentle, yet effective cleaner that will remove stains without scratching surfaces is a paste mixture of 3 parts water to 1 part baking soda. To add additional cleaner power substitute water with dishwashing liquid, mixed with baking soda until you have created a think paste. For more stubborn stains a touch (pea size amount) of toothpaste can be added for extra whitening power. (PH Level will be somewhere between 7-9)

3. Soap Scum and Mineral Deposit Remover: Simply soak a rag in either vinegar or lemon juice. Cover area with the rag for a few hours. Wipe and rinse excess. (PH Level will be near 3)

4. Window Cleaner: 1 part vinegar to 1 part water. (PH Level will be near 3)

5. Hardwood Floor Cleaner: 1 part vinegar to 1 part water. (PH Level will be near 3)

Alkaline household cleaners (PH 7-14) are best for cutting through grease, oil, fats, proteins and other common household dirt.

Acidic household cleaners (PH 0-7) are best for cleaning areas that will have calcium build up and rust (typically areas that have high levels of water use... bathrooms and kitchen sink).

The more neutral the product the easier it will be on our bodies and our environment.

** PH Levels for Common Household Cleaners
Chlorine Bleach 13
Ammonia 12
Oven Cleaner (Containing Lye) 12
Tub and Tile Cleaner 12
Borax 10
Baking Soda 9
Dishwashing Detergent 6.5-9
Vinegar and Lemon Juice 3
Toilet Bowl Cleaner 3

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