Many individuals and families strive to make their homes a safe haven that's completely free of pollutants and harmful toxins. From keeping the home clean and sanitary to preparing organic, healthy meals, many families today are advocates of healthy living. However, one concerning aspect of sustaining a healthy home is the type of household cleaners that are used around the house.
Unlike traditional cleaning solutions, natural household cleaners help to provide a healthier and more environmentally friendly alternative to using toxic, chemically-based solvents found in most soaps, disinfectants, detergents, and other household cleaning products. These popular, yet potential harmful cleaners carry chemicals that might affect the home in unimaginable ways.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the air quality in the average American household is over 100 times higher in pollutants than outdoor air. This is primarily due to common home cleaning products. Many of these household cleaning products pose immediate risks for concern, such as respiratory problems, skin irritation, watery or burning eyes, and potentially poisoning. Some extremely potent household cleaners can even warrant long-term health issues and mysterious chronic ailments such as hormonal disruption, brain damage, and even cancer.
In addition to the health concerns of popular cleaning products, once these chemical cleaners are washed down drains and into drainage sewers, many harmful toxins fail to break-down. As a result, these chemicals are drained into bodies of water where they can carry serious detriment to wildlife and the surrounding natural environment.
The U.S. Geological Survey conducted a research study in May of 2002 to analyze the amount of contaminants found in stream water samples across the country. The researchers of the study found “persistent detergent metabolites in 69% of all streams tested." Adding to that alarming statistic, 63% of the stream water samples contained disinfectants.
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. If common consumers continue to use these chemically-based cleaning solvents, these numbers will rise even further, causing even more harm to the environment.
Opting to use organic household cleaners is without question the best way to minimize the infection toxins and chemicals have in our homes and throughout the environment. The first step toward healthier cleaning alternatives is taking the time to read product labels careful, research the chemicals used in certain solvents, and make efforts to only use organic cleaners.continue...
To best ensure that your marble sustains its natural finished look for a lifetime, the right approach to cleaning and care is paramount. Marble is a bit more fragile than other forms of natural stone or ceramic tiles, which requires a unique approach to maintenance and care.
Several types of cleaners that typically used for ceramics can result in staining or harming natural stone like marble or granite. For this reason, it's crucial that when cleaning a marble stone surface, you use a marble cleaning solution that contains a low concentration of acid.
Aside from what type of cleaner your use for marble, how you clean marble is just as significant. Because natural stone like marble and granite is much more fragile than types of ceramics, sand granules and dirt particles can scratch the stone when wiping the surface. It's thus important that you take the necessary steps in cleaning marble the right way.
When cleaning a unique stone surface like marble, it's important that you use only marble cleaners that are designated for such natural stone. Most types of marble cleaners will be free of acid, or a very low concentrate of neutral pH cleaners. This will help to ensure that the already existing seal or wax finish is not blemished during the marble cleaning process.
Before cleaning a marble countertop or floor, ensure that the marble surface is dampened with clean water. This will make the marble cleaning solution to be more effective in breaking down grime and other particles. The ideal applicators for marble cleaners are sponges, mops, and microfiber clothes. First use a spray bottle or a misting applicator to cover the marble surface effectively. Once applied, allow the marble cleaner to rest for the suggested amount of time as recommended by the manufacturer of the cleaner. Next, carefully scrub the marble surface with a with a clean sponge, mop, or soft bristle brush.
Once the marble has been effectively cleaned and sanitized, you can periodically apply a finish or wax to further enhance the marble's beauty. First, apply the refinishing solution with a spray bottle and immediately buff the marble with a nylon pad. Depending on how old the marble is, you may want to re-apply refinishing solution as often as needed. You can typically find marble refinishing kits in retail stores or on the Internet.
In some parts of the home or landscape where marble may have been neglected, you may need to use a more heavy-duty marble cleaning solution to effectively remove dirt and grime. In these case, try to pinpoint a heavy-duty marble cleaner that has low amounts of organic compounds for more thorough cleaning. These natural cleaning products are optimally concentrated to deep-clean marble without causing any long-term damage. Some marble refinishing kits will even include everything you need for heavy-duty marble cleaning.
Cleaning and caring for marble is not difficult when you know what you're doing. We hope these marble cleaning tips will help you keep your marble surfaces shining for years.continue...
Your home should be a safe haven, not only from the stress you face from day to day life, but also from any illnesses and environmental hazards. As such, you should employ ways that will keep it safe and toxic free. Here are some of the tips to keeping your home healthy.
Below we share with you 9 tips to keep your home its healthiest.
1. Only choose safe cleaning products. A common mistake people make with their cleaning products is not looking at what they comprise of. These cleaning agents are used all over the home ranging from the bathrooms, the kitchen, the living rooms, and even the floors. Selecting cleaning products that are safe and non-toxic ensures your home is safe.
2. Stay away from synthetic materials. Most people will find this step one of the hardest, as synthetic materials tend to be the cheaper option. Thus, you will find most household items such as carpets; clothing, furnishings and more are cheaper when made from synthetic fires. However, if you would like to keep your home safe you would be better off with items made from organic fibers.
3. Let fresh air in. A common mistake most people do is constantly running their air conditioning to keep their air in their home circulating. However, this is not the best way of doing this. It is advisable to open your windows and even your skylight if you have one at least once a day to let in some fresh air into the home.
4. Stay away from paints and glue that contain VOC. You can get alternatives that contain low amounts of these and these tend to be much safer for use in your home. Constant exposure to VOC from the paint in your home could affect your health as well as the people who live in your home.
5. Open the window when taking a bath or a shower. If you do not have a window in your bathroom, install a fan. This is because humid bathrooms are a haven for mold. In small amounts, this mold may not be harmful but when it accumulates over time, it could be a health hazard.
6. Clean your home regularly. Most people probably do this but do not do it thoroughly. Dust bunnies tend to accumulate over time. The more dust bunnies present in your home, the less clean the air that you breathe is. Whether you're cleaning marble countertops or vacuuming the house, be sure to do it thoroughly to keep your home its healthiest.
7. Have the furnaces and heaters in your home inspected regularly. The most common problem that one could encounter with these appliances is leaks. Gas leaks could not only kill you by inhaling the flames, but they also pose a risk of an explosion occurring. Most people assume they would immediately smell a gas leak but slow leaks typically go unnoticed thus it is recommended to have them looked at from time to time.
8. In addition to having your appliances checked for leaks, also ensure that you have smoke and carbon dioxide detectors installed in your home.
9. Switch off electrical appliances when they are not in use. Not only is this cost effective on your utility bills, but it also decreases your exposure to EMFs.
Thanks for reading these 9 tips on keeping your home healthy. If you have any additional tips that you'd like to share, please add them in the comments section below.continue...
Marble is one of the most exquisite stones that could be used in homes either for countertops or for flooring purposes. However, this stone is much more porous than other minerals and as such is quite prone to staining. It also retains these stains much easier than other stones that are dense. As such, you should take considerable care when you own marble countertops or tile flooring.
So what are some of the top cleaning solutions for marble countertops? Below we share with you six tips for cleaning marble countertops.
1. When wiping down marble, ensure that you do so with lukewarm water with a soft cloth. Once in a while, you could use mild detergents, such as a specified marble cleaner, but ensure that they do not contain too many harsh chemicals as these would ruin the sealer on the marble. Once you have finished cleaning the marble countertops, ensure that you wipe them dry to avoid streaking.
2. For people who would like to care for their marble countertops a step further, you could consider waxing them from time to time. Although the marble countertops will come with marble sealer, the extra coat of wax will provide additional protection.
3. Keep acidic substances away from marble. Marble is a gorgeous material and although it is not as dense as granite, it is still quite durable. However, it does not react well with acidic substances. These will include liquids such as wine, juice, coffee and more. Spills from acidic substances will cause chemical etching to the marble countertops and this will compromise its appearance.
4. Install marble in areas that experience little traffic. The most common areas for marble installation tend to be kitchen countertops as well as bathroom countertops. Although they make these areas look appealing, the countertops are also much more prone to succumb to wear and tear in these regions. The best places to install marble would be powder bath, surrounding tuba, stone fireplaces, floor tiles as well as table tops. When using marble as floor tiles, ensure you place mats and rugs on areas that experience a lot of foot traffic.
5. If you would like to keep you marble countertops shiny and new, ensure that they are exposed to very little amounts of dust as well as dirt. That is why it important to wipe the marble every day so as not to let the dust get a chance to settle and accumulate. In addition to this, dirt and grime could end up being abrasive to the marble. That is why it is essential to ensure that the marble surfaces are not covered in dirt.
6. If you have marble floor tiles, it is advisable to have visitors take their shoes off at the door before they come in. If this is not an option, then you should have entrance mats for them to scrape of the dirt from their shoes. Small pieces of grit in the shoes will cause scratches to the marble. When cleaning marble floors, use a soft mop or a broom with soft bristles. Vacuuming the marble would also be a good option before cleaning marble but ensure that there is no grit caught in the wheels of the vacuum cleaner.
Well there you have it. Six tips cleaning tips to help sustain the life of your marble countertops. Just be sure to use the right marble cleaner to ensure optimal protection and sustainability.continue...
Your home is supposed to be a safe, clean, and health environment for you and your family to reside. However, it's becoming increasingly common to see homes that are neglected of good health and cleanliness.
In addition, homeowners should be well aware of the different hazards that could lead to an array of health ailments, such as lead poisoning, asthma, and a host of other health problems. Here we share with you a number of tips keep your home healthy and clean.
One of the most common causes of asthma as well as upper respiratory tract infection is moisture in the home. This moisture will come from both the interior as well as the exterior of the home. You can prevent the accumulation of moisture by ensuring that the home has been constructed properly and that plumbing systems are working efficiently. Excess moisture in the home makes your house prone to the growth of mold, infestation by pests and also poor ventilation.
Pests are one of the leading causes of allergens in the house as well as being disease causing vectors. You can ensure that pests do not gain entry into your home by sealing any holes and cracks in walls, getting rid of any water sources around the home and ensuring that all food is stored in sealed containers. One thing to note about pest control is that using pesticides also puts you and your family at risk of getting poisoned. As such, it is better to look for options that will not be harmful to either humans or pests such as diatomaceous earth or boric acid.
Most people will claim to clean their homes on a regular basis but how thoroughly do you clean your house? Dust should be cleaned out daily as its accumulation can cause a number of health problems. Keep in mind pesticides and other chemicals that can be found in products around the home and cause allergic reactions. You should control the amount of dirt that comes into the home and also take note of the cleaning products that are used around the home. Some cleaning products as simple as a basic marble cleaner can have unwanted chemicals that could pose health risks.
Air quality is a serious household concern that easily goes overlooked by the common homeowner. In short, the air you breathe in your home should be as clean as possible. Proper ventilation will ensure the house remains well ventilated with a good circulation of air. There are also a number of air cleaning products that you can buy that help filter dust and allergens from air. These devices are great investments, especially for older homes that might have less clean of air quality than a newer home.
This simple means ensuring there are no contaminants that could poison the people of that household the biggest culprit of this is cleaning products as they tend to have a wide range of harmful chemicals. The paint that you use is also an important consideration if you would like to avoid exposure to lead poisoning. In some cases, you may want to consider hiring an inspector to evaluate certain areas of your home that are prone to such risks. In addition, you may also want to assess how well the home is sealed and protected from contaminants. A good grout sealer can go a long way.
Keeping your home safe will make its occupants less prone to health issues and injuries. One of the best places to start would be installing smoke detectors in the home as fires tend to be the leading cause of injuries. If you already have fire alarms, then consider having a fire alarm inspection done to ensure all devices are in good working condition.continue...
Because marble is a soft stone that is sensitive to common, chemically-based household cleaners, it's important to use specific marble cleaning products that are safe on the natural stone's surface.
In short, acids and chemicals will corrode the surface of marble, causing etching. And when it etching occurs, a more extensive approach to marble restoration is needed.
As a result, it's key to invest in the right marble cleaning products. In this post, we'll share with your four marble cleaners that are both safe and effective at cleaning marble.
There have been praises about this product and even after using it for two days it is already one of the top picks. Although it may seem to be an expensive option retailing at $7.99 for a bottle of 12 oz. with an additional $5 for shipping, it is worth it in the end. The marble cleaner spray emits a fine mist which can encompass a large surface thus you should not use much of it to clean large areas. In addition to this, it has a clean scent although somewhat laced with chemicals. One thing though would be it would be much better with a high design bottle such as other types of Method products. The Method website guarantees the product to be both biodegradable as well as safe.
These kitchen wipes are bleach free. Ever since the E. coli scare there has been much thought put into how people clean their kitchen worktops. The product’s package claims to kill both salmonella as well as E. coli. Since it is not advisable to use harsh chemicals when cleaning marble, they are best used for the moments you are looking to clean surfaces thoroughly rather than simply wipe them down. The wipes are also good to use on stainless steel sinks. It is an advantage when a product can be out to use for more than one task. Although these wipes are quite convenient, there are worries about the implications they could have on the environment considering each wipe is for one time use. The wipes retail for $3.19 for a tub of 35.
This product is the strongest smelling and also comes in the most aesthetically appealing packaging. During testing of the product it was found that the lavender smell could be quite overpowering especially while cooking something else in the kitchen. However, most people commented on how it was rather refreshing as compared to other countertop sprays. This product has the least amount of ingredients that are chemically based and as such has almost no chemical smell. In addition to this, it is biodegradable as well as “cruelty free”. It retails for $5 from the website and at $4.99 from Drugstore.com. We stopped using this though due to the streaking that it causes.
The 32 oz. bottle retails at $8.95 excluding tax. It can be used to clean a range of surfaces such as marble floors, shower, walls and more. It works quite well on different materials such as marble, porcelain tiles as well as ceramic. This product makes you feel like you are cleaning your marble surfaces like a professional as NeutraSheen is a popular choice for hotels as well as marble cleaning companies. Since it comes in a 32 oz. bottle it is quite economical as a small amount can go a long way in cleaning and caring for marble. If you are a looking for a solution for everyday spills, this product will make short work of it.
Do you have a favorite marble cleaner product that you like to use? Let us know in the comments section below.continue...
Nails may not be as important as our organs, but they are an integral part of a clean and healthy appearance. Unfortunately, most people don't really know how to properly clean their own nails, let alone keep them healthy. So to help you keep your nails look fresh and clean, here are several grooming and cleaning tips for you to consider.
Learning how to detect dirt and discoloration on your nails is the first step in keeping it clean. Most of the things that damages the appearance of our nails are caused by the things we touch or use, including chemicals, various nail products or simple physical abuse. So learning what causes your nails to look ugly, dirty or both will not only help you avoid them, it can also help you remove them from your nails.
Aside from identifying the various sources of nail discolorations, it's also worth mentioning that the condition of your nails can tell you a lot about your own health. For example, pale nail beds can be a sign of anemia, whereas yellow tinged nails, along with a slight blush at the base, can signify the onset of diabetes. So whenever you try to clean up your nails, always remember that what you see in them may help you stay healthy.
Although washing one's hands is healthy, overdoing it can wreak your nails, particularly if you do it more often than the average person. However, if hand washing is something that you need to do frequently (which is often the case with doctors and healthcare workers), you have the option of using a moisturizer. Not only will this prevent water damage to your nails, you can also rub a little extra around your cuticles several times each day to help keep them healthy.
Aside from hand washing, you should also be careful when you carry out activities where your nails are exposed to chemicals, such as laundry detergents and dish washing liquid. These chemicals can damage your nails if used excessively, so try to use rubber gloves whenever you need to use them.
Moisturizing your nail bed can help improve the appearance of your cuticles and protect your nails from breaking. This is because nails which are prone to breakage are usually the ones which lack moisture. To address this problem, putting a little oil around the cuticles in order to help moisturize the entire nail, thus preventing cracking and chipping. Basically, anything that helps moisturize one's nails is a good way to prevent breakage. Many nail manicure and pedicure salons offer these services when performing manicures.
Biotin, which is part of the Vitamin B family, is said to increase the thickness of human nails, which means that it is an ideal supplement for people who often have to worry about their nails splitting or breaking. Aside from Biotin, two other substances which are believed to make nails stronger are silicon and the supplement MSM. So if you're concerned that your nails are not strong enough to withstand breakage then taking these substances may help solve the problem.continue...
When it comes to cleaning tile and tile grout, avoiding chemical-based cleaning solutions is not always easy. The simple fact is that these store-bought tile cleaners do actually work and they're convenient to buy.
But don't settle for the convenience that chemical-based cleaning solutions offer. There are many natural, at-home tile cleaning solutions you can make with simple ingredients. These natural tile cleaners are far more healthy and eco-friendly. In addition, they work!
Below are the basic ingredients that can serve as the best natural tile cleaner. You can try combining some ingredients (such as lemon juice and salt) to make an even more effective solution.
Distilled White Vinegar – This readily available form of vinegar is very effective when it comes to cleaning grease and dirt from tile. In addition to being a safe and natural tile cleaning alternative, distilled white vinegar alse has deodorizing effect that can help eliminate bad smalls. It works for just about every area around the home. Just take a bowl of part vinegar and part hot water, and use a soft sponge to clean the tile.
Washing Soda – Also an effective at-home and natural remedy for cleaning tile is washing soda. When it comes to cleaning hard-to-remove grease and stains, washing soda might just be your best friend in the kitchen. It's a great alternative to chemical based cleaners and will leave your tile looking flawless.
Lemon Juice – The acidic properties of lemon juice is known to have a bleach cleaning effective on tile and other hard surfaces. In addition to helping to clean tile, lemon juice can deodorize the surface leaving your kitchen or bathroom smell fresh and citrusy.
Borax – Although not the most popular or well-known clean solution alternative, Borax can indeed help clean or protect tile. Borax is commonly used to control pests, cockroaches, and other bugs that can make tile dirty and unsanitary. So in addition to cleaning tile, Borax can also help to minimize pests from crawling all over your clean tile flooring.
Salt – As one of the most popular ingredients in almost every kitchen is salt. Conversely, not many individuals are aware of salt's incredible cleaning properties. Salt can be used to effective sanitize as well as deodorize all forms of tiles. Make your cleaning solution with salt and hot water. Perhaps add a little lemon juice for aroma and added cleaning effective.
So there you have it - five highly effective, natural, and eco-friendly cleaning solutions that you can create with simple ingredients from your home.
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The Ancient Chinese Feng Shui is a philosophy which promotes health and prosperity in persons who follow its principles by creating equilibrium between the natural environment and a person’s home or general household. Among some of the important tips to be followed for a clean eco-friendly household (based on the Feng Shui philosophy) are noted below.
Most cleaning products are manufactured using toxic chemicals for their bleaching effect. Replace these toxic cleaning products with environmentally friendly and healthy cleaning products. It is advisable to purchase eco-friendly detergents for dish-washing and cleaning. Some of the best alternatives include white vinegar which can be used for toilet cleaning and baking soda for laundry cleaning.
Opening of windows and doors will let in fresh air into your house while getting rid of pollutants. This creates a cool atmosphere and provides your home with clean air for breathing. Breathing of clean air will immensely benefit your lungs and promote good breathing to you and your family.
Lighten your house and shed light in the dark places. Encourage maximum penetration of light into your house and also by use of artificial lighting to brighten up your household. Natural day light promotes good health to you and your pets. This will help you avoid the health problems and depression which may arise from living in poorly lit environments. It is also advisable to plant healthy flowers and plants in corners to make them lively.
Air fresheners and laundry products have chemical compounds which activate air pollution when used and thus are not environmentally friendly. Avoid using them and make use of eco-friendly products. Healthier garments and laundered items are free from smell. Air-dry your sheets after laundry too.
100% ccertified organic cotton is far superior to polyester. Therefore use cotton products and clothing whenever possible. From basic clothing items to more unique products like Eco Lunch Gear's eco-friendly snack bags, cotton fabric is long-lasting and soft on skin. Try to use only 100% certified organic cotton products as most cotton is contaminated by the pesticides, fungicides and herbicides that they are exposed to during growth.
The brightly colored toilet papers and towels are composed of chemical dyes such as aniline. These chemical dyes are chemical toxins which are usually partially absorbed by your skin when they fade. Find better alternatives like eco-friendly reusable napkins and recycled toilet paper for use by your households. Use toilet paper which is not bleached using chlorine and is unscented. Use products with no dyes too.
It is a kind choice to use household products made from recycled materials. These products are eco-friendly and will not harm the environment when produced, used or when disposed. Use recycled products helps in the conservation of the environment by reducing pollution and emission of the harmful greenhouse gases which are also harmful to the planet. Feng Shui principals, when applied to your home space will create a desired and eco-friendly atmosphere.
Do you have any Feng Shui tips to create a more clean, eco-friendly living environment? Please share your ideas in the comments below.continue...
A ceramic tile refers to any type of tile made from ceramic raw materials like porcelain or earthenware. This common type of tile is made from a variety of natural products that include sand and a mixture of clays.
The raw materials involved are usually mixed then molded into the desired shape before being placed into a kiln where high temperatures of about 1250 degrees are applied. The ceramic tiles may be either unglazed or glazed. The unglazed ceramic tiles are much more porous or permeable than the glazed tiles.
It is recommended that when using these ceramics, textured tiles can be used or the finishing can be done with a non-slip product which enhances safety in the home. Natural stones on the other hand also have appealing characteristics in longevity and durability which allow them to be conveniently useful externally and internally on properties. They have a natural beauty that makes the home appealing and beautiful.
There are a variety of benefits that are associated with the use of the ceramic tile and natural stone tile in bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms and other rooms in the home as compared to using other standard types of tile. They include:
Overall, choosing natural stone and ceramic tile for your home can be a healthier option compared to other more conventional forms of tile. Ceramic tile provides a wealth of advantages that you just can beat with other tile options.continue...
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