Health & Beauty | 27 July 20169 Ways to Bring Green Cleaning to Your Home Share article facebook twitter google pinterest The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money: Folk Wisdom for Keeping Your House Clean, Green, and Homey by Richard Freudenberger will change the way you think about house work, bringing green cleaning and healthy toxin alternatives to your home. Most commercial cleaners are filled with harmful chemicals and toxic additives. It’s not necessary to use these dangerous products to achieve a clean space, though. Here are nine ways to purify your cleaning routines without compromising results or wasting money. 1. Pure vegetable or castile soap can replace shampoo, hand soap, and dish detergent. 2. Vinegar cuts grease and removes mildew, is a brick/stone cleaner, and cleans windows without streaking. Drizzle it on top of a little baking soda to scour a toilet or clean a dirty bathtub. 3. Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a gentle abrasive powder for stovetops and shiny surfaces. It will extinguish a grease fire, deodorize your home, and can be used as toothpaste and deodorant. 4. Borax is a mineral that can inhibit mildew, remove stains, work with soap as a laundry detergent, and be mixed with sugar to kill cockroaches. 5. Cornstarch makes an excellent window cleaner or furniture polish when diluted with water. In its powder form, use it to shampoo carpets and starch clothes. 6. Washing soda is a heavy-duty cleaner for burned pans, grills, and ovens. 7. Use chlorine-free, phosphate-free dishwashing soap. 8. Ventilate your kitchen while the dishwasher is running by opening a window. 9. Select the “no-heat dry” option on your dishwasher if it’s available; if it’s not, keep your dishwasher sealed shut for at least an hour after it has finished. Buy from an Online Retailer US: UK: “The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money is an empowering book that shows us all how to live healthier and greener, save money, take care of our homes and yards, and do it all ourselves! It would make a great gift for any homeowner.”—Brigitte Mars, www.brigittemars.com, co-author of The Country Almanac of Home Remedies Our forefathers and mothers knew how to keep their homes clean and homey—and live richer while spending less. Many of today’s products are expensive, bad for the environment, and don’t work any better than Grandma’s methods, which only cost pennies. The editors at Back Home Magazine have collected hundreds of formulas for effective cleaning, gardening, and home maintenance—as well as ways our ancestors saved on heating bills, prevented costly repairs, and maintained a cozy, charming home with little besides ingenuity. Drawing on the advice and techniques of contributors across the country, this indispensable guide shows you the best ways to take care of everything in your home from wood floors, to tile, to stainless steel appliances–and how to get the longest life out of every household item from pots and pans to pillowcases. The Country Almanac of Housekeeping Techniques That Save You Money is chock-full of solutions, recipes, and how-to projects for living a simpler, cleaner life and keeping your home beautiful. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.