When Cleaning Is Not a Chore

| 11/21/2008 11:16:27 AM

Sometimes, cleaning is my escape from stress and other responsibilities. I spend an hour or an afternoon taking everything off my floor and tables, and scrubing every counter until it is shiny clean.

But most cleaning products can be bad for you to breathe in, and the smell of ammonia isn't very refreshing, either. What starts as a relaxing hobby could quickly become an unhealthy chore.

So what are some eco-friendly alternatives? Here are some common concerns when it comes to cleaning products and habits, and what I suggest you do to make positive decisions regarding your cleaning supply closet.

Lemons are antibacterial and helpful with cleaning.

Are there any ways to use produce in my cleaning? 

Lemon, lime and grapefruit juices, fresh or in concentrate, are acidic and antibacterial and can be an addition to any cleaning formula, according to our story "Clean Deep, Clean Sweet with Herbs."

Here's a recipe for lemon-mint window wash, to get your sliding doors, windows and mirrors clean.

I have some essential oils but no use for them. How can I make my own cleaning products with oils?

Essential oils are good for so many uses, especially cleaning. But be careful to dilute them a lot. A little goes a long way with essential oils.