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8 Ways to Clean a Bathroom Using Baking Soda

8 Ways to Clean a Bathroom Using Baking Soda

By Clifford Woods

8 Ways to Clean a Bathroom Using Baking SodaThe restroom is a place where all of your cleaning is likely to be focused on managing bacteria.

If the primary cleaning tools you use contain loads of chemical-based cleaners, then you may want to reconsider using such products.

Cleaning and disinfecting an area requires you to eliminate the bacteria living on it. The issue is that most of the solutions that remove dangerous germs tend to be dangerous. Of course you would like to make sure your restrooms are totally free of bacteria since many of them may cause health problems.

To deal with bacteria without chemicals, you will have to look into organic solutions. It is very likely that you already own such a solution without even realizing it. Baking soda is an ingredient that can be used to wipe down every surface in your bathroom. It cleans just as well as chemical-based products and is one hundred percent risk free.
Below are the top eight areas where t can be used in the restroom:

Shower Curtains
Thoroughly clean your shower curtains by scattering baking soda over a sponge and scrubbing hard. Rinse off well. If there is a mold stain on the shower curtain, it can be handled with by quickly rubbing in a water and baking soda paste. If your shower curtain is in really bad condition, take it off and throw it in the washer on the cold cycle, putting only baking soda and vinegar as the detergent.

Countertops
Scrub marble areas with a composite made from white vinegar and baking soda. Wipe thoroughly clean and then polish.

Floors
Wash a bathroom floor with of half a cup of baking soda to a container of warm water. Mop the tiles using this remedy and rinse off. Incorporating lemon or lime juice into the rinsing water can give it a nice refreshing smell.

Grout
Work with a baking soda and water paste to get rid of mildew spots on the grout all around your bathtub or shower. Put on the paste and wash it away with a brush until the spot is completely gone. Make sure to rinse the area thoroughly.

Toilets
Once per week, you need to pour about a half cup white vinegar right into the toilets of your home and allow it to sit for thirty minutes. After that, put some baking soda on the toilet bowl brush and clean off any leftover tarnished areas. When done, flush.

Trash Cans
Scatter baking soda into your bathroom’s trash can right after you empty it. This will assist with eliminating potential odor.

Drains
Just like your kitchen drain, you need to take care of your bathroom and shower drains as well. Once weekly, raise the drain cover in the bathtub or shower and use a cotton swab to get rid of the hair which has built up there. Then dump a half cup of baking soda accompanied by one cup of vinegar down the drain. Allow this solution to sit for twenty minutes and then rinse the drain with scorching hot water.

Showers and Tubs
If the bathtub or shower is made of fiberglass, wash it simply by spreading a blend of dishwashing liquid and baking soda on it and scrubbing with a sponge. Additionally, the exact same mix will help get rid of hard water and rust spots on porcelain tiles. Spraying the edges of your shower and tub with white vinegar can release accumulated soap residue.

In addition to baking soda and the natural ingredients mentioned above, an all-natural purpose cleaner with beneficial microorganisms will also help in the cleaning your bathroom.

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Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology
We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Natural Organic Solutions.

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The Truth About Air Fresheners

The Truth About Air Fresheners

By Clifford Woods

Do you buy air fresheners for your home or office? Hard to believe that something so small that smells so nice has ingredients in it that are actually dangerous chemicals. Chemicals that you, your family or your co-workers breath in on a daily basis. And to make it worse, there are no labeling requirements to warn you and even “natural” products can contain toxic chemicals.

the truth about air fresheners

It is virtually impossible for the average consumer to know which products may pose a risk or not.

These chemicals in air fresheners have been found to be toxic to humans and these chemicals have been recently investigated for their safety. Investigations concluded that these substances may cause or increase health problems. Air fresheners that are natural and healthy are now being used as alternatives in order to minimize health hazards and environmental pollution.

Basic Ingredients in air fresheners are:

  1. Phthalates
  2. Formaldehyde
  3. Petroleum distillates
  4. DCBs

1. Phthalates are known as “endocrine disruptors” because they mimic the body’s hormones and have, in laboratory animal tests, been shown to cause reproductive and neurological damage.

Toxic phthalates found in some air fresheners:

  • Diethyl Phthalate (DEP): May cause damage to the liver and central nervous system.
  • Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP): May cause damage to the liver and central nervous system.
  • Diisobutyl Phthalate (DIBP): May be harmful if inhaled. May cause respiratory tract irritation.
  • Dimethyl Phthalate (DMP): The substance is toxic to the nervous system.
  • Diisohexyl Phthalate (DIHP): The available studies demonstrate significant effects on the male reproductive organs and developmental effects.2. Formaldehyde (CH2O) Nasal cancer, respiratory tract irritation; reproductive disorders, asthma, dermatitis; multiple organ damage.

2. Formaldehyde (CH2O) Nasal cancer, respiratory tract irritation; reproductive disorders, asthma, dermatitis; multiple organ damage.

3. Petroleum distillates (PDs) – can affect the nervous system causing headache, dizziness, nausea, and loss of balance and coordination. If inhaled – can irritate the nose, throat and lungs. Petroleum Distillates are on the Right to Know Hazardous Substance List because they are cited by OSHA, DOT, NIOSH and IARC. This chemical is on the Special Health Hazard Substance List.

4. Dichlorobenzene (DCBs) – there are three forms of dichlorobenzene. These chemicals are man-made and do not occur in nature.

1,2-Dichlorobenzene, 1,3-Dichlorobenzene, 1,4-Dichlorobenzene

  • 1,2-Dichlorobenzene- This substance is toxic to kidneys, liver, mucous membranes.
  • 1,3-Dichlorobenzene- Very little is known about the human health effects of this substance.
  • 1,4-Dichlorobenzene- This substance is toxic to kidneys, lungs, liver, mucous membranes. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage. Repeated or prolonged inhalation of dust may lead to chronic respiratory irritation.

Some Helpful Tips

1. Read the labels and you may be able to identify phthalates in some products by their chemical names or abbreviations: (DEP)(DBP)(DIBP)(DIHP)

  • DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and DEP (diethyl phthalate) are often found in nail polishes, deodorants, perfumes, cologne, aftershave lotions, shampoos, hair gels and hand lotions.
  • DEHP (di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate) is used in PVC plastics, including some medical devices.
  • BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate) is used in some flooring, car products and personal care products.

Be wary of the term “fragrance,” which is used to with a combination of compounds, possibly including phthatates, which are a subject of recent concern because of studies showing they can mimic certain hormones.

Preventative Measures

Ventilation: Good ventilation systems reduce the need for air fresheners by stopping the need to cover up odors and naturally eliminate unpleasant odors. Air fresheners cannot substitute for adequate ventilation.

Use Natural and Safe Air Freshener: Alternatives: many products are available that offer healthy alternatives to commercial air fresheners.

  • Organic Odor Control
  • organic soy and beeswax candles
  • natural potpourri
  • fresh flowers or herbs
  • natural essential oils
  • baking soda

Businesses that are looking to find non-toxic air fresheners should investigate available products to ensure not only their own health but also the health of their employees.

the truth about air fresheners

References:

United States Environmental Protection Agency
Science Lab
Sigma Aldrich
ECHA – European Chemicals Agency
Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS): Formaldehyde
Refuels Recycling Contaminated Fuels
State of New Jersey


Clifford WoodsClifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services
and Organic Environmental Technology.
We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Natural Organic Solutions

Fighting Microbes with Microbes | The Scientist Magazine®

Like humans, with their complement of microbes that aid in everything from immune responses to nutrition, plants rely on a vast array of bacteria and fungi for health and defense. Over the last decade, research has revealed many new functional aspects of the crosstalk between human-associated microbes and human cells, but plant biologists are only beginning to scratch the surface of the often surprising ways that soil microbiota impact plants, from underground fungus-wired alarm systems to soil bacteria that can trigger defensive plant behavior or even act as a sort of vaccine. But despite these benefits, microbes are still primarily thought of as harbingers of disease……

Fighting Microbes with Microbes | The Scientist Magazine®.

Beneficial Bacteria: 12 Ways Microbes Help The Environment | WebEcoist

Beneficial Bacteria: 12 Ways Microbes Help The Environment | WebEcoist.

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Keeping a Ranch Organically Clean

Keeping a Ranch Organically Clean

By Clifford Woods

Just because you live on a ranch doesn’t mean that you have to live in the filth and dirt that goes along with ranch life. People have been much more enthusiastic about cleaning their homes in a green way, and if you are dedicated to keeping an all organic ranch, then you should bring that same style of thinking into the ranch as well.

Now you can buy all sorts of products that claim to be “all-organic”, but they don’t always offer the power that you need to get the smells, filth and dirt off a ranch. You might need to really start making your own organic ranch cleaners, so that you know exactly what is going into them and be able to determine and measure out exactly what it is that you want to use for keeping a ranch organically clean.

Making your very own organic cleaners means that you control the scent, the style and even what you want to use for cleaning purposes. You can be confident in knowing that it will be safe for you, your children livestock and any pets that you might have as well.

Things like making your own all natural dish soap is as easy as getting yourself a large container of Castile Soap in its liquid form and then adding the scents that will make you happy, including things like lemon grass oil, lavender oil, lime oil, orange oil and so on. When doing so, you won’t have to worry about the wash water contaminating any other parts of the ranch that you live on and run.

What about if you have dirty windows that need to be taken care of? You can use all organic vinegar, which you can buy at speciality shops, add a bit of natural spring water and then add in a few drops of your favorite oil, especially things like lemon oil or lime oil, and you combine them all into a spray bottle.

Followed by that, simply using recycled newspaper, you can get your ranch windows sparkling clean. Organic ranch cleaners are really something that you should be making yourself. It might take a bit of work, but that work is really worth it in the end for all the cleanliness and health benefits you get out of it.

Keeping a Ranch Organically CleanHow about cleaning those hard to get to floors that you have around the ranch? You can make your very own floor washes that can be used on all types of floors all over the ranch. Combine a bucket full of hot spring water, add lemon juice, about a fourth of a cup, then add your favorite citrus oils, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and wash your floors like you would if you were washing them with any normal cleaner. Now, there won’t be much of foam or froth, but it will get up the grease, grime and dirt, so that you can have nice clean floors once more.

Keeping the ranch organically clean by using organic cleaners doesn’t mean you have to spend an arm and a leg on them as there are things you can make with the stuff that you already have around your ranch.

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Author: Clifford Woods is the CEO of Organic Environmental Technology. and Effective Environmental Services

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Natural Odor Control With Beneficial Microorganisms

Natural Odor Control With Beneficial Microorganisms

by Clifford Woods

From livestock farms, commercial establishments to homes, bad odor is a common problem. Instead of masking the smell, it’s more important that the very source of such bad odors is completely eliminated. Odor control with Beneficial Microorganisms is something that can provide a rapid solution. It’s also an approach that is cost-effective and friendly to the environment. As beneficial microorganisms do not contain any harmful chemical, using it won’t hurt humans, animals, plants or the environment.

Beneficial Microorganisms are made up of millions of friendly bacteria. Basically, what they do is eat up microbes that are responsible for the unpleasant smell detected by ones nose. When BM comes into contact with the source of bad smells, the problem is eradicated. In short, it is gone and does not require constant covering up.

Some of the beneficial microorganism bacteria can thrive even in environments where there is little or no oxygen present. Because of this, beneficial microorganisms are very effective no matter what the condition is. Other than being more affordable compared to other deodorizing solutions, the application is also very simple. Spray it where needed or pour it onto the source straight from the bottle.

Odor Control with Beneficial MicroorganismsIt works in an entirely different way than your usual deodorizer. Instead of covering up the smell with fancy fragrances, friendly bacteria present eliminate the microbes causing the problem. Furthermore, BM helps in speeding up the decomposition of the material which releases the stench into the air. But the benefits offered by this approach don’t stop there. Pathogens present which can spread diseases are also prevented from thriving in a beneficial microorganism rich environment.

Without relying on harmful chemicals, the planet can stay healthy and natural. BM contains nothing that cannot be found naturally in the environment. Do take note that it’s not something that is chemically synthesized or genetically modified. The friendly bacteria present are cultured ones that won’t damage or harm anything, except for the microbes causing the bad odors.

Beneficial microorganisms are capable of eliminating all sorts of odors, including ammonia and hydrogen sulfide.

It also doesn’t matter if the problem is indoors or outdoors. Thanks to the regenerative bacteria that enhance the power of each other, the effect of BM can be long-lasting too. Livestock farmers use BM to effectively get rid of the stench in the enclosures for their animals. More and more composting facilities and waste water treatment plants choose to go the natural way. Medical facilities, restaurants and other commercial establishments rely on it for both the deodorizing and sanitizing benefits offered. Home-owners who like a deodorizing solution that is friendly to the environment and pocket book go for Beneficial Microorganisms.

It may be applied on any type of surfaces, from concrete to fabrics. Because it’s not harmful to humans, it’s perfect for use in the kitchen or wherever bad odors and stench can be found in the home, inside or out. It’s also safe for use in areas where pets are kept, offering rapid and long-lasting odor elimination.

Odor control with Beneficial Microorganisms (BM) is a solution that is completely organic. It’s the perfect way to eliminate nasty odors as well as speed up the decomposition of its source, but without harming the environment. As a proof that it’s 100% organic and safe, it’s also being used by agricultural industry to enhance soil quality, as well as for food fermentation.

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Clifford Woods is the CEO of Effective Environmental Services and Organic Environmental Technology.

Find out more about Organic Odor Control

We brew Beneficial Microorganisms that eat toxins and offer Environmentally Friendly products

Effective Environmental Services Relaunches Odor Control Product

Effective Environmental Services Relaunches Odor Control Product

The product doesn’t need chemicals or perfumes, since it attacks the cause of the odor, rather than simply masking the unpleasant smells.

Effective Environmental Services Relaunches Odor Control Product

 

Organic Odor Control allows users to get rid of odor organically and is environmentally safe. The product doesn't need chemicals or perfumes, since it attacks the cause of the odor, rather than simply masking the unpleasant smells.

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