Cleaning – Air, Dishes, Dust, Laundry

Air & Dust

Unfortunately today we even have to clean the air!  The indoor air of our home is full of toxins – from formaldehyde being released from adhesive man-made woods like plywood or MDF cabinetry or furniture, to formaldehyde and other chemicals off gassing from carpeting, area rugs, paint, etc.  And toxic dust particles from flame-retardants applied to electronics and in furniture and mattress foams floating around in the air, etc.

Air Purifier

The Austin HealthMate+ filters out 10% more formaldehyde than the regular Healthmate.
  • Healthmate: $600
  • Healthmate+: $715

They both have carbon/zeolite and true med HEPA filters, but the HealthMate+ is different in that the carbon/zeolite is impregnated with potassium iodide, which provides the additional formaldehyde filtering action.

  1. Both recommended for those with allergies, asthma, odors, gases & chemicals
  2. 5 year guarantee
  3. both units can cover 1,500 square feet

 

Vacuum – HEPA filtered, sealed system

A legit sealed system vacuum will suck the toxins in, making your home less dusty, while also filtering out that dust, so that the vacuum doesn’t re-release them into the air. That’s where the sealed system and HEPA filter come in.

 

Dishes

Find more information about recommended items here.

 

Laundry

There are some GREAT DIY options, such as liquid soap made from horse chestnuts, as well as a powdered laundry wash made with castile soap and washing soda.

If you want to buy, choose Laundry Wash from http://www.MyGreenFills.com of 50 loads-worth costs $12.95 to start, and $18 for refill packet.
Find out more about why I choose My Green Fills.

To brighten white and colors: sodium percarbonate with a little sodium carbonate (soda ash).  Presoak garments or bedding in ROOM TEMPERATURE water for up to 24 hours — 2 T sodium percarbonate per gallon of water.  Mix in a little washing soda (soda ash aka sodium carbonate).  I already had these two ingredients around for use as brighteners for porcelain sinks, tubs and toilets. You will find the cheapest prices for sodium carbonate at Walmart, Blaine’s Farm and Fleet, Ace Hardware, and Walgreens.

For oil stains, keep a container of diatomaceous earth, cornstarch or arrowroot powder to  soak up the oil on the garment.

Container:

 

I like the following idea for parents with kids…Hey, maybe even for myself! 😉

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