Chemical-based cleaners can be a big help with cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in your home. If used improperly, household chemicals can be dangerous. Below are articles about many common cleaners and how to use them safely. Click on the titles to read the entire articles.
Chlorine bleach aka sodium hypochlorite is a powerful disinfectant and is one of only a few widely available, inexpensive sanitizing agents.
Rubbing alcohol is frequently recommended by frugal and green bloggers for use as a household cleaner.
As a regular consumer you most likely will find oxygen bleach in the following forms: ultra, concentrated, and as an added ingredient to things like laundry detergent, and liquid.
Please remember that creating your own cleaning solutions is a great way to save money, but there are a few things to keep in mind.
Vinegar is the byproduct of ethanol fermentation. Basically, a specific kind of bacteria -genus Acetobacter metabolize (think of it as their equivalent of eating) alcohol and produce acetic acid as their waste. You’re just craving some french fries with malt vinegar, now aren’t you?
White vinegar seems as though it would be more environmentally friendly and less expensive than the commercial dishwasher rinse aid products. Is this true?
While double checking my research I was stunned by how many frugal websites recommend a homemade cleaning mixture that contains both bleach and vinegar in the recipe.
Here’s a list of seven places in your home to try out Bar Keepers Friend. One would think the fine folks behind Bar Keeper’s Friend would be banging down our door to sponsor us. 🙂
In which Heather answers the question: “I am perplexed. I have never had a good answer to the question: how should I dispose of cooking grease (that is, grease from hamburger, bacon, etc.)?”
Sodium percarbonate is replacing sodium perborate in many laundry products due to its more environmentally friendly characteristics.
Borax can be difficult to find because it’s not as marketing heavy as your other cleaning products. Washing soda can be even harder to find.
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