Going Green in the Bathroom
by Lyn Lomasi, Write W.A.V.E. Media Staff
Your bathtub tiles are growing mold, the floor could use some help, and let's not get started on that toilet. But wait! Before you reach for chlorine bleach and other common household chemicals, think green. There are many green ways to sanitize your bathroom. Here are some of my favorites.
This natural disinfectant helps keep the bathroom clean and germ-free. It also gives off a fresh scent. Mix one part thyme oil to 8 parts water in a spray bottle. Simply spray down the surface and wipe clean with a cloth. When cleaning with thyme oil, be sure you are in a well-ventilated area. Open bathroom windows or turn on an exhaust fan. Also allow the surface to dry thoroughly. Thyme is a very powerful disinfectant.
Tea Tree Oil
Some people think of chemical disinfectants as more effective in the bathroom than natural ones. However, tea tree oil can be much stronger than chemical solutions when it comes to killing bacteria. It has even shown effective in fighting MRSA when used by infected patients. To use tea tree oil in fighting bathroom germs, mix and use it in the same way as the thyme oil solution above.
Lemon juice has long been used as a natural disinfectant. In certain situations, it can even be used as a biocide in drinking water. To use lemon juice as a bathroom disinfectant, simply mix 1 part lemon juice concentrate to 4 parts water in a spray bottle. Spray on counters, sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and more for cleaning purposes. Let it sit for 30 minutes. Then, spray again and wipe clean. This helps destroy germs and many types of bacteria.
Vinegar can be used as a natural disinfectant for many situations. It is very effective at cleaning many different types of soil. In one study, when tested along with commercial cleaning products, vinegar was on the list for the most effective at cleaning both bathroom soil and kitchen soil. It is best used at full, undiluted strength - not the strength commonly found in supermarkets. Garden centers and feed suppliers are most likely to sell the full strength vinegar.
Need to whiten and brighten an area of your bathroom? Ditch the bleach and use hydrogen peroxide instead. Mix a half and half solution of water and hydrogen peroxide in a solid colored spray bottle. Spray onto desired areas, let sit for a few minutes, spray again, and wipe clean. This solution may bleach colored surfaces. Test an inconspicuous area before use. This is a greener way to bleach than with chlorine-based products.
*Note that the author is not a licensed health professional. Some ingredients, while natural, can cause allergic reactions or other ill effects if used improperly. The above advice is meant for informational purposes only and should not take the place of advice from a licensed professional.
**I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
Eco-Friendly Stain Removal: Tea
How to Remove Tea Stains Naturally
by Lyn Lomasi, Staff Writer
Did you know that you can remove tea stains naturally? Tea can stain many surfaces, such as clothing, countertops and furniture. But it's not always so hard to remove it. You can even be eco-friendly while doing so. I live a natural and eco-friendly lifestyle to the best of my ability and have experimented with many natural ways to remove tea and other stains.
Naturally Remove Tea Stains from Clothing
The first natural way to remove tea from clothing is very simple. Run the stained area under cold water for several minutes. If you catch the stain soon enough, this should do the trick. Otherwise, try a vinegar rinse. Fill the sink with a half and half solution of vinegar and water. Swish the stained clothing around in the water for a few minutes. Rinse with cold water. If the stain doesn't disappear, add some eco-friendly liquid detergent to the water.
If it's extra tough, gently rub some directly into the stain. Again, swish the clothing around in the water. Repeat this until the stain is gone. Rinse with cold water. For an even tougher stain, place a dry cloth underneath the stained area. Sprinkle some baking soda onto the stain and pour a small amount of vinegar on top. Dab with another dry cloth. This should push the stain out onto the cloth. Repeat this until the stain is gone and of course, rinse with cold water.
Eco-Friendly Tea Stain Removers for Carpet and Furniture
To remove tea stains from carpets and furniture the eco-friendly way, get out some vinegar, baking soda, a spray bottle, and some cloths. To create a cleaning solution, mix vinegar and water half and half in a spray bottle. Sprinkle some baking soda onto the stained area. Spray the area with your natural vinegar and water solution. As the stain is bubbling up, dab it away with the dry cloths. Repeat this process until it's gone. Once done, rinse the treated area by dabbing it with regular water from a cold, wet cloth. Dry it by dabbing with a dry cloth.
Remove Tea from Kitchen Surfaces the Natural Way
To remove tea from countertops, you're going to use the same vinegar and water solution mentioned above for carpets and furniture. First, try spraying and lightly wiping away the area with a dry cloth. If that doesn't work, sprinkle on some baking soda. Then, spray again. As the solution bubbles, dab away the tea stain it pulls up. This same method works well on kitchen stove tops and most floor surfaces, such as linoleum, tile, and hardwood. Remember that hardwood cannot stay wet for long, so if your kitchen floor is hardwood, do this quickly and be sure to dry it well right afterward.
*I originally published this via Yahoo Contributor Network
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