Maintaining Cleaner And Greener Homes Naturally

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If you were a housewife or simply a homeowner who is just as meticulous as me when it comes to cleaning their house, then you would understand me when I say that it takes more than just mopping the floors, wiping the furniture, and scrubbing the toilets. It’s true – there are always germs and bacteria hidden somewhere, even if you think everything in the house is clean. There are harmful substances that can make our kids sick; chemicals that cause us to have allergic reactions and even heightened blood pressure.

And do you know where we get some of these substances? Yes, from the deodorizers, cleaning detergents, and other products that we use to make our homes look as tidy as can be. We must now learn to utilize the healthier and safer substitutes to these products – those that are natural and most probably just sitting right around your kitchen.

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Recyclable Containers And Food Wraps. If you use these instead of containers that are not paraben-free, you’re helping save the earth and your health as well. Phthalate, the chemical found in plastic food containers, slowly penetrate the food, especially when the container is heated. This may result in allergies, asthma, and hypertension. A wise reminder to always follow: please do not heat food in any kind of plastic but only in glass or china.

Orange Oil As Air Freshener. Perfumes and other fragrances that are used in air fresheners can commonly cause different endocrine problems, cancer, and environmental pollution. But organic stores have now started to utilize orange oil to make into air fresheners. It is natural, it has a great scent, and you can make it at home.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar And Baking Soda For Cleaning Drains. The main ingredients in drain cleaners that we buy at the supermarket are sodium chloride, aluminum, and sodium hydroxide. These three are all linked to air pollution and are harmful to the planet and of course, to its inhabitants. Try using natural by first pouring some baking soda in the drain, followed by one-half cup of vinegar, preferably apple cider. After a few minutes, you can flush the drain with hot water. This combination is a strong and effective drain cleaner we can use twice or three times a week if we want.

Microfiber As Paper Towels. These types of cloth are effective kitchen counter cleaners, even without any other product. Microfibers act as solvents that loosen dirt particles and trap them in the fiber as they are sucked into it. If you look for a good quality microfiber cloth, then you can recycle it, and it should last relatively longer. It’s also better to use them instead of paper towels, which are not biodegradable and can add more harm to the environment.

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Baking Soda As A Stain Remover. More and more people have learned this technique now, adding a half-cup of baking soda to their laundry detergent to increase the power of the bleach that they’re using for their white shirts and dresses. Also, the baking soda can soften the water so one can use less detergent when doing their laundry.

These are only some of the many brilliant ways to use natural ingredients in cleaning, brushing, and keeping your homes safe and clean. You can experiment with whatever you have kept in your kitchen. It doesn’t necessarily need to be in the book. You just need to use natural, experiment with it, and see their amazing powers in helping save the planet and keep a cleaner and safer home.

 

Energy Sources We Can Use To Prevent Further Environmental Damage

 

For the past decades, the debate on environmental damage due to harmful gases pumped out of the air has been constant. Advocates have discussed the ways on how to prevent further destruction, and some of these ways have actually been implemented by law or simply by social awareness. These ways include recycling, proper trash segregation, and the use of alternative energy sources.

This article will discuss the last and one of the most important ways to help keep our environment clean and healthy – alternative energy sources.

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Wind Power

This is not a new way to produce energy, as the early human beings hundreds of years ago used the capacity of the wind to send their ships to the oceans. They also used this to grind their grains, saw wood, and pump water. Wind power is considered a clean and safe energy source because it doesn’t dues chemical process to produce power. Also, it has no harmful by-products, such as carbon dioxide, which causes water or air pollution. It’s a great energy source that has been very useful to people who are living in secluded parts of the country where power is hard to connect through wires. Plus, wind power is cheap and never runs out.

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Hydroelectric Power

Hydroelectricity means power generated from using water. Like wind power, this energy source is not new to early humans, as evidenced by the water wheels that people utilized to produce energy. Later on, hydroelectricity was also used for crop irrigations, water pumps, and textile mills. Currently, water turbines are now used to produce electricity. Hydroelectric power doesn’t produce harmful waste, just like the wind power, but the difference is that the former is more reliable, as its energy can be saved through a dam that holds water back and is released only when necessary. It requires a relatively large power plant, though, so it is not a cheap source to create. It also requires the dams to be built on rivers, slightly changing the ecosystem of the specific environment.

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Solar Power

This is simple. It uses the sun’s light to produce energy. People nowadays use solar cells to convert sunlight into electricity. This is done by utilizing solar panels or using the sun’s energy to let the sunlight go through the windows to increase the temperature of the building. Sunlight is said to be one of the best sources of energy for the future. Like the first two energy sources, solar power does not pollute the plants and the flowers. It is also very effective in providing light and heat through solar water heaters, solar ovens, the use of skylights, and solar home heaters.

Biofuel

This large category has different inclusions, some of which are biodiesel ethanol, biomass, and methanol, among others. The fundamental process here is to utilize organic waste, usually from plants, as a source of fuel. Biodiesel is derived by combining soy or canola oil with alcohol, like ethanol. Then a substance is added to increase the speed of reaction between the oil and the alcohol. The process is referred to as the transesterification. Biodiesel is an ideal fuel to use because when it is burnt, it is still clean and can also be used in different diesel engines.

Hydrogen

Hydrogen has a large supply, and its clean-burning qualities have had scientists agree that it is one of the most popular fuels of the future. In fact, they, along with other environmentalists, are looking to use it as a solution to substituting fossil fuels without rapidly changing people’s dependence on their vehicles. It is non-carbon, and it doesn’t produce carbon dioxide when it is burned. Hydrogen is the most abundant component that is found in air, water, and every organic matter.