Baking soda is affordable, widely available and great for many uses. The uses for baking soda around your home are almost endless, which is really cool since baking soda is natural, non toxic and cheap. The reason that bicarb has so many uses is because of its amazing chemical structure. Mixing your own basic baking soda solution is the first step in limiting your family’s exposure to harmful household chemicals. You can substitute some or all of your cleaning products with this formula and other natural cleaning solutions made from safe, readily available ingredients.
Baking Soda cleans, deodorizes, softens water, scours… It is commonly used for deodorizing your refrigerator, but did you know that you can also use it for heat rash and as a substitute for spackle?
More and more people are becoming aware that many of the traditional products used for home cleaning can in fact be harmful to us and our families and the environment. Household cleaners contain a multitude of different chemicals and most homes now have many different bottles to deal with a wide variety of jobs such as the laundry, toilet cleaning, oven cleaning, window cleaning, floor cleaning, kitchen cleaning, bathroom cleaning, washing up etc.
The average household has around 28 different bottles of home cleaning chemicals when they are all counted up. This number is on the increase as chemical companies produce more and more products for more and more specific jobs, eg. stainless steel cleaning or lime scale removal.
As we all know breathing in clean, pure air is important for our health. So you should get a good quality air cleaner installed in your office or home. The market is flooded with hosts of air cleaning products. These products use a lot of acronyms that can leave any average user bewildered. We would like to your answer some of your questions on understanding these acronyms to assist you in purchasing the right product for your use.
What is HEPA?
High Efficiency Particulate Arrestance (HEPA) filters were originated during the Second World War. They were designed to prevent the radioactive particles from entering the human respiratory system. Today, they are the best air cleaners in the market with their filtration rate slightly below 100%. They can remove all particles of size 0.3 microns.
The best way to prevent odor is to eliminate its source (take out the garbage, smoke or keep pets outside etc.), but what about existing odors already permeating your home? Carpet and upholstery are examples of porous materials that may harbor and emit odors. Rather than covering offensive smells with deodorizing sprays or powders, consider greener solutions.
Sprinkling baking soda on carpet or upholstery and vacuuming can eliminate odors through adsorption (spelled with a “d” because odor molecules adhereto the baking soda particles, and vacuuming removes the baking soda along with the odor source).
Most of us have heard of mold, but don’t really know much about it. If you live in an area with high humidity, then you should always be on the lookout for potential mold problems. Until it makes it sick, or we notice that something in our refrigerator or cupboard has grown a layer of green fuzz, we don’t really think about it. The fact is mold is a living fungus that exists all around us. It grows in our houses, often unseen, and we should really have a good mold disinfectant on hand.
Mold spreads easily because it sends out tiny spores that the air carries everywhere. The spores are invisible and their goal in life is to be warm, damp, and find food. The trouble is many common materials in our homes are what give them life.
An important part of vacuum cleaner maintenance is regular, thorough cleaning of the vacuum filter. If the filter is not clean, the vacuum cleaner has to work harder to absorb and eliminate dirt and allergens from your home. Improper cleaning of the filter reduces the suctioning capability of the vacuum cleaner over time. Your vacuum cleaner doesn’t need very much attention, but a simple maintenance will keep it working and cleaning as efficiently as it can. Maintaining your vacuum cleaner properly can also head off more costly repairs or replacement.
HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters being one of the most popular, because of its ability to remove up to 99 percent of the smallest particles in the air.