NOVEMBER BLOG: Cleaning products, do we need ALL of them?

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November Newsletter:

Cleaning solutions… Do we need all of them?! How to save $

Hello All!

Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedules to spend a few moments with us. East Bay Indoor Environmental is your resource for all matters of creating a healthier indoor environment. Like every month, we strive to give our readers a kernel or two of information to improve and maintain a healthy live/work space. For this month we will discuss some basic household cleaners, what you should keep on hand, what we can avoid.


This is pretty much the standard household cleaning bucket. Clorox, comet, tile & grout, oven, glass, hardwood floor, carpet, oven, dish cleaners, some brushes, sponges etc.  In 2011, the website Statistic Brain compiled census data and found that the average American spent $42 on cleaning supplies every month. That’s $504 a year, which means in 10 years you will have spent $5,040. That’s enough to buy a used car. Not only can we save a little money but we can reduce the variety of “over the counter” cleaners we buy and use more household products in our cleaning regimen.

You can replace most (if not all) of your cleaning products with other household products for a fraction of the cost. Here are a few products that work as cleaners. Baking soda, Lemon juice, White vinegar, Borax, Salt, Beer In 19 Uses for Baking Soda, Dryer Sheets, and Beer, there is an entire list of ways you can clean with household products. Household products means less chance for children and plants to gain access. Or for those of us that are immuno-complex and or compromised.

Here are our 5 favorites:

-Clean glass: Mix a quarter-cup of white vinegar and 3 cups of water in a spray bottle, and you have a better glass cleaner than any commercial product you could buy. Just spray it on, wipe it down with a piece of newspaper, and you're done!

-Scrub stuck-on food and stains: Baking soda works as an alternative to abrasive cleaners like Comet. You can sprinkle dry baking soda on stuck-on food, or combine the baking soda with a little water to make a softer scrub for bathtubs and shower tiles.

-Clean porcelain and chrome: Use the same vinegar mixture to clean my bathroom. The vinegar is mild enough that it won't etch the porcelain on my vanity, and it makes the chrome faucets shine.

-Neutralize odors: Adding a half-cup of baking soda to the beginning of a wash cycle will remove strong odors on your clothes. Just pour the baking soda in, add some laundry detergent, and wash as normal. The baking soda even worked on my mildewed towels.

-Polish metal: The acidity of beer actually polishes metal. Rubbing copper-bottom or aluminum pans down with some flat beer removes tarnish and restores shine. Beer also works on baking sheets and cupcake tins. Add a little to your mouth and you'll have an even better cleaning experience!

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