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mold mildew removal

Mold and mildew stains happen on clothing, walls and other items. There are chemical products that can be used to clean these stains. However, if you care about the environment, then try to find a way to clean without harming our eco-system.

Mildew and molds are fungi. They look and smell bad, and according to health officials – they can be harmful to you and your family. Both grow from tiny spores. The spores like dark and moist conditions. They also dislike air and light. This is why mold and mildew is often found in dark basements, crawlspaces, bathrooms and closets.

Mold and mildew grow and spread rapidly. To make it stop growing, it must be killed – which means every speck of slimy mold and downy mildew has to be cleaned from the surface. Then it must be cleaned again, because the tiny spores can not be seen.

White vinegar is a great eco-friendly way to kill mold and mildew. Mix up a solution of very warm water and white vinegar to wash away the mildew and mold. Wearing goggles, a filter mask, plastic gloves and old clothing is a must because the spores can make you sick.

Scrub baseboards, floors, walls, windows and ceilings with the vinegar and water solution to get rid of the mold and mildew stains. A vinegar and water solution can also be used on carpeting, draperies and blinds. If rugs or other fabric items have mold or mildew, use white vinegar, laundry detergent and hot water to launder the items.

To prevent the mold or mildew from returning, make sure that there is no moisture leaking from water pipes. Use circulating ceiling fans in the bathrooms. Purchase and use a dehumidifier to reduce humidity in your home. If mold or mildew is in insulation, it will need to be removed and replaced. Change air conditioner and furnace filters once a month.

Shag Rug with Carpet Cleaning Equipment

Each of us has had a dirty carpet at one time or another. Traditionally, carpet cleaning has been an artificial, chemical process. Noisome concoctions such as Tetrachloroethylene and Napthalene left us with carpets that smelled like a dry-cleaners or a closet full of mothballs. These chemicals not only pose a danger to carpet owners, but also to groundwater supplies if improperly handled. 2-Butoxyethanol is slightly better since it decomposes in air after a day or two, but is still harmful in large concentrations, or if improperly used.

What can we do? The best solution is to keep the carpet clean as you go instead of hiring a professional, industrial cleaning service. For small jobs, an ancient solution of equal parts vinegar and water will do wonders. Home owners haven’t used it for thousands of years for nothing! Mixing vinegar and water with borax and salt will yield a paste capable of defeating tougher problems. Simply leave the paste on the stain overnight and vacuum it up the next morning. There are also many commercially available, green cleaning products if we do not want to make our own. Labels will be our guide.

What do we do if the carpet dirt has gotten out of hand and home remedies are unsuccessful? We can call a professional service that specializes in “green solutions” to carpet cleaning. Most cleaning firms realize that if all they offer is carpet cleaning with harsh chemical products, they won’t get much business if other companies use green products and achieve the same results. We should research any company we plan to hire to determine which cleaning solutions it offers. It shouldn’t be difficult to find out, even if we have to ask the company itself. If you’ve spent the money buying an eco-friendly carpet or rug, you’ll want to invest the time into cleaning it in a green way!

To be environmentally conscious, we must pay attention when cleaning our carpets.

Eco Friendly Lemon Polish

Furniture polish is a great way to clean and shine wood, it’s also a great way to breath in some nasty chemicals or really irritate your eyes. Not to mention the irreversible damage that can be made to furniture if the wrong polish is used. There is no sense in sourcing those beautifully reclaimed pieces of furniture if you are just going to ruin them with some random chemical polish you picked up at your local hardware store.

That’s why I suggest creating your own eco-friendly furniture polish made from fresh lemons! It’s really easy to make, won’t damage your antique furniture, leaves a wonderful scent and most of all won’t hurt the environment.

Here are the instructions for How to Make Eco-Friendly Lemon Furniture Polish:

You Will Need:

  • 5 Lemons
  • Measuring Cup
  • 1 Cup of Olive Oil
  • One Spray Bottle

Instructions:

  1. Cut the lemons in half
  2. Squeeze out 1/2 cup of lemon juice into measuring cup, making sure to keep seeds and pulp out of the juice
  3. Pour lemon juice into spray bottle
  4. Measure 1 cup of olive oil and pour it into the spray bottle
  5. Mix it up
  6. Spray and wipe on furniture for a non-toxic, petroleum-free polish for all your furntire
lemon cleaner

Forget all those store bought toxic spray cleaners that fill your house with chemicals! This article will teach you how to make your own non-toxic, organic spray cleaner that has a REAL fresh lemon scent, and uses the natural cleaning power of citrus to clean your home! Lemons are really acidic, so you can use them to scrub and remove dirt and bacteria on pretty much all surfaces in your home. Lemons make the perfect chemical-free cleaner and are the best way to reduce your footprint!

We suggests the following lemon-fresh mixture:

1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of soap
1 squeeze of lemon
1/4 litre of water

Mix that all together, and use it from a bucket to clean or add it to a used spray cleaner bottle.

eco friendly washer cleaner

This Eco Friendly Washer Cleaner is a developed, slow-dissolve, foaming tablet that gets under residue, breaks it up, and washes it away leaving the washer smelling fresh and clean. It removes and prevents odor-causing residue that can occur in all washers. While bleach only kills odor-causing bacteria leaving behind the detergent residue, this Eco Friendly Washer Cleaner uses surfactant chemistry to remove the root problem. And of course, It is environmentally friendly!

green dryer balls

Avoid landfill-clogging dryer sheets and liquid fabric softeners full of dangerous toxins. If you haven’t heard, Green Dryer Balls offer an eco-friendly, nontoxic and hypo-allergenic way to naturally soften your laundry. There are so many positives to this product, I don’t know where to start. Dryer Balls last for hundreds of uses and cuts down on drying time, therefore saving you money and energy; your fabrics will dry softer without the use of harmful chemicals; they reduce wrinkles and they make ironing easier.

Natural Degreaser

natural degreaser

This Natural Degreaser has a unique advanced technology blend of natural citrus and organic solvents and is non-corrosive and effective for use on all metals. It’s even suitable for use on some plastics. It removes corrosion, grease, adhesive, oil, and sludge. It’s resistant to the corrosive process.

biodegradable cleaner degreaser

This all purpose, industrial strength, concentrated Biodegradable Cleaner & Degreaser removes grease, carbon, ink, mildew, oil, soot, tar and wax. This biodegradable cleaner is a multi purpose cleaner and can be diluted economically. Comes in industrial size and domestic sized bottles. And it’s blue!

homemade glass cleaner

First you’ll need to gather all your ingredients. These include non-sudsing household ammonia,
white vinegar, cornstarch, warm water and a 32 fl oz spray bottle. In a 32 fluid ounce spray bottle with a tight-fitting lid, mix 1/4 cup household ammonia, 1/4 cup white vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch. Fill the remainder of the container with warm water. Replace the tight fitting lid and shake well to mix.

homemade laundry detergent

Here’s what you need:
1 bar of soap (whatever kind you like)
1 box of washing soda (in the laundry detergent aisle at a department store – it comes in an Arm & Hammer box)
1 box of borax.
A five gallon bucket with a lid (or a bucket that will hold more than 15 liters)
– Three gallons of tap water
– A big spoon to stir the mixture with
– A measuring cup
– A knife

Step One: Put about four cups of water into a pan on your stove and turn the heat up on high until it’s almost boiling. While you’re waiting, whip out a knife and start shaving strips off of the bar of soap into the water, whittling it down. Keep the heat below a boil and keep shaving the soap. Eventually, you’ll shave up the whole bar, then stir the hot water until the soap is dissolved and you have some highly soapy water.

Step Two: Put three gallons of hot water (11 liters or so) into the five gallon bucket – the easiest way is to fill up three gallon milk jugs worth of it. Then mix in the hot soapy water from step one, stir it for a while, then add a cup of the washing soda. Keep stirring it for another minute, then add a half cup of borax if you are using borax. Stir for another couple of minutes, then it all sit overnight to cool.

That’s that! The next day, you’ll have a bucket of gelatinous goo that’s a paler shade of the soap that you used. One measuring cup full of this goo will be about what you need to do a load of laundry – and the ingredients are basically the same as laundry detergent. Thus, out of three gallons, you’ll get about 48 loads of laundry. If you do this six times, you’ll have used six bars of soap ($0.99 each), one box of washing soda ($2.49), and about half a box of borax ($2.49) and make 288 loads of laundry. This comes up to a cost of right around three cents a gallon, or a savings of $70!!!