Alternatives to toxic products used in the house

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

We know that poorly treated sewage harms coral reefs. However, we know little about the effects of the various toxic products we routinely pour down the drain on the biology of most coral reef creatures. The lack of scientific attention to this problem, given its enormity, is particularly troubling as we are quietly but continuously poisoning many of them. Consider the following alternatives to toxic cleaning products. Not only are they more environmentally friendly, but they are often cheaper too! Below are the commonly used products and the eco-friendly alternatives

Detergent & Soap                   Elbow grease

Bleach                                        Hydrogen peroxide

Scouring Powders                Baking soda or salt

Floor Cleaner                         One cup white vinegar in 2 gallons water

Window Cleaner                    One cup vinegar in 1-quart warm water, rinse & squeegee

Varnish Cleaner                    Wipe with ½ cup vinegar & ½ cup water mixed

Toilet Cleaner                        Baking soda & brush

Shower Cleaner                     Wet surface, sprinkle baking soda, rub with scouring cloth

Aluminium Cleaner             2 Tablespoons cream of tartar in 1-quart hot water

Chrome Cleaner/Polish     Apple cider vinegar to clean, baby oil to polish

Fibreglass Stain Remover   Baking soda paste

Drain Opener                         Disassemble & replace; do not use toxic substances

Mildew Remover                 Paste using equal parts of lemon juice & salt

Wood Polish                          3 parts olive oil & 1 part white vinegar, almond or olive oil (interior unvarnished wood only)