Green Cleaning Makes Showers and Baths Shine

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Green Cleaning Makes Showers and Baths Shine

by: Alyson NcNutt English  via: National Association of REALTORS/HouseLogic.com Website

Green cleaning showers and tubs can wipe out soap scum without hurting your health. Some commercial cleaners, on the other hand, are made from harsh chemicals that can irritate skin, eyes, and lungs. Swish that stuff around in confined spaces like showers and bathtubs, and you increase the intensity of the fumes.

Here’s a look at the hazards of some commercial cleaners and some green clean solutions and scrubs that will make your bath sparkle without harming your health.

Commercial cleaner hazards

Bleach and ammonia are each toxic solutions that can burn lungs and irritate skin. Combined, as they are in commercial all-purpose cleaners, they create a dangerous plume of chlorine gas. If you use these cleaners, make sure you open your shower door and a window. 2-butoxyethanol belongs to a group of grease-cutting industrial solvents called glycol ethers, which are easily absorbed through the skin and have been linked to reproductive problems and birth defects in animal studies. Glycol ethers are commonly found in all-purpose and glass cleaners.

Green cleaners you can cook up at home

Your kitchen pantry contains everything you’ll need to concoct your own green cleaners for showers and tubs. To make a soft scrub for tub rings, mix baking soda, castile soap and a few drops of essential oils into a paste. Rub it on and wipe it off. For stubborn dirt, let the scrub sit on the stain for a few minutes, and then wash it off.

Green Cleaning Makes Showers and Baths Shine

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