We all want to do our part in keeping the Earth free of bacteria and still have it smell fresh, and there are ways we can do just that without the dangerous fumes! Just think of all of the unnatural odors that we already contend with on a daily basis; gas fumes, cigarette smoke, pet odors, smells from outdoor wood furnaces, odors from factories.

Cleaning supplies on the market are too numerous to mention and all claim to be 'bacteria cleaning agents'. I wonder how great, great grandma lived to be so old without having some of these in her cabinet. However, she must have used something to keep the houseclean and smelling fresh; I wonder what it could have been. Let’s see, there wasn't any Lysol, any 409 or Mr. Clean, and Clorox with bleach was not in existence. How did that woman do it?

She did it the same way that we can! Earth Friendly and Green Clean isn't anything new, it has been around for generations. We just discovered its revival! For years, we have heard that what used wasn't good for the environment, only we did not believe it.

Then, advertising campaigns were started, earth friendly products came out by the hundreds and we became educated. The only catch is, these same products have been around for over a century and we had been using the right products until our lives became NEW AND IMPROVED!

Now tell me the truth, aren't you ashamed? You spent all of this time and money and could have been using the inexpensive stuff all along!

So what are 'some' these great products?

BAKING SODA- great for odors and cleaning
VINEGAR-Cuts through grease and grime
AMMONIA- cuts grime and makes glass shine
POWDERED BLEACH- cleans and disinfects, removes colors
FRUIT PEEL- apple, orange, lemon, lime- best room deodorizers
Good old fashioned WATER

These products have been around for a long time and have taken care of germs and bacteria in millions of home. Yet we’ve been convinced that they are not as good as the “wonder cleaners” on our store shelves, and we choose to ignore them.

As a matter of fact, if you look at all of the chemicals that are in the products that we purchase, you will usually find that one or more of these products are listed on the label (possibly described with a chemical name)! We can purchase them cheaper alone, and in their natural state, they are usually more potent.

What is the general purpose of these cleaners?

AMMONIA - (highly toxic don't mix with bleach)
Great for oven cleaning, jewelry cleaning, glass and mirror cleaning, cleans stainless steel, and strips wax off of floors.

An oven cleaner, carpet deodorizer, takes colors off of white walls and furniture, deodorizers, cleans pots and pans, unclogs drains, makes a great fabric softener and a major plus, it puts out fires.

BLEACH - (highly toxic when mixed with ammonia)
Do NOT use Chlorine Bleach - it is harmful to the environment.
Powdered bleaches such as Oxy Boost, Oxy 8 and Oxy Clean are environment friendly.
Removes mold and mildew, disinfects, kills germs, whitens clothes, and removes stains.

An alternative for Bleach - cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, removes mold and mildew, and removes stains.

Makes your home smell fruity fresh - a good air freshener, takes the odor out of liter boxes, lemon juice cleans and deodorizes.

Makes a course, but gentle scouring powder when mixed with baking soda.

Gets rid of burnt odors, softens skin, gets rid of grime and bugs, mixed with olive oil can be a great furniture polish, mixed with baking soda it becomes a drain cleaner, shines metal and a is great remover for wax build-up.

It looks like Grandma had a good idea after all! Try some of these great products and see how much your home will improve. These products are environmentally safe (Green Cleaners), inexpensive and powerful. The amount of money that you spend on cleaning supplies will be cut in half and you are doing something good for the environment too.

Author's Bio: 

Jan Hayner is a Professional Organizer that offers tips and hints on organizing your home the easy way and cleaning shortcuts. Get her free pamphlets and checklists at Home Organizing.
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