Category Archives: Chemical-free Cleaning

How to Clean Stovetop With Ease

By Hui Xie-Zukauskas

Do you want to see your stovetop spotless and shining?

Does stovetop cleaning sound like a daunting task especially with all the grease, stains, spills and dirt buildup?

Well, let me share with you a simple but effective way to clean it just using water, based on my own experience. Seen on the photo is our 21-year-old stovetop, and we’ve been cleaning it with e-cloth for the last several years (quite honestly, I wipe down our whole kitchen with it). The result is fantastic! Quite shiny isn’t it?

(Note: This image is untouched and taken by an ordinary digital camera).

How did I do?

First, get rid of tough grease, spills and drips with the damp, striped side of the Range e-cloth.

Next, I use the general purpose e-cloth to wipe it dry as a final touch. Sometimes, I just flip the Range e-cloth over to the smooth side for the same effect.

It’s a real time saver. I also use it to clean coils and reflector bowls of the electric stovetop. As a routine maintenance, it’s always better to wipe the surface clean with a damp e-cloth after each cooking and general purpose e-cloth can do most of the job.

Now stovetop cleaning became an easier-to-perform job. Best of all, it’s chemical-free, toxin-free and carcinogen-free cleaning – a cleaning solution with tremendous health benefit!

For other cleaning suggestions with e-cloth, check out this mom/homemaker’s video.

Do you use e-cloth? What do you think? Do you have any tip?

A Chemical-free, Health-wise Cleaning Performer

We now know that household cleaners contain an array of harmful materials from acids, volatile organic compounds (VOC) and lye, to toxic chemicals and carcinogens. As the EPA stresses, “The release of these toxic chemicals into our environment can cause air pollution, as well as soil and groundwater damage. Contaminating our air and water can threaten human health and other organisms living in our environment.”

Now the question is — What do we use to clean instead?

This question brings back my own memories of cleaning. When I grew up, there were no household cleaners. My “cleaning crew” was a cloth, baking soda, and hot water. We did almost all the house cleaning jobs. For me, it’s not difficult to go back to work with my old cleaning buddies. Surprisingly, I found an evolutionary, effective performer — E-Cloth.

The Ultimate Chemical-free Cleaning

The Ultimate Chemical-free Cleaning

Welcome to this new, chemical-free way of cleaning up the toughest grime and grease on any surface. Unlike conventional cloths, as you draw an E-Cloth across a surface, the fibers clean by breaking up, trapping, and absorbing dirt and grease into the material. The E-Cloth uses over 500 million micro-fibers to lift unwanted dirt and germs, which are invisible to the naked eye from the smallest and hardest to clean places. All this works with just water. It has made my cleaning easy.

Because E-Cloth’s individual fibers are nearly four times finer than those of the typical or common micro-fiber cloth, E-Cloth carries four-times the cleaning power. The best news of all, no chemicals are involved, so there is no “upstream and downstream contamination” to be concerned about. Using E-Cloth gives us another tool that allows us to take responsibility for making our homes safer, our bodies healthier, and our environment less dangerous.

For more information on how E-Cloth addresses house cleaning, health, environment, and financial saving issues, visit Cancer Prevention Daily.

What are your thoughts on chemical-free cleaning? We’d love to hear your comments.

The Dirt on Household Cleaners: Hazardous or Beneficial?

Are you ready for the Spring Cleaning? What cleaning products do you use to make your home clean and sparkle? Without realizing it, people have put health hazards in their homes while using many popular cleaners. Additionally, they may use spray bottles with these potentially toxic chemicals that go into the air they breathe. With tiny droplets and residue, the risks are substantially increased from asthma to cancer.

What’s hiding in those “cleaning agents”?

Toxic ingredients in household cleaning products contain carcinogens, i.e., cancer-causing chemicals, in addition to endocrine disrupters and neurotoxins. Several carcinogens, classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), are commonly found in household cleaners. Here are some examples:

A carpet cleaner may contain perchlorethylene, a known carcinogen.
A paint stripper may contain methylene chloride, listed as a possible human carcinogen.
Moth balls and moth crystals contain either naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene, listed as a possible human carcinogen.
Laundry detergents may contain trisodium nitrilotriacetate (NTA), listed as a possible human carcinogen.

Other known carcinogens such as benzene, formaldehyde, vinyl chloride, and carbon tetrachloride are also present in household cleaning products. (Learn more about their cancer-causing properties in this in-depth article “Eliminate Cancerous Roots in Our Homes”)

The ugly truth is that it often takes years and decades to develop cancer, through continual exposure to hazardous chemicals or even possibly long after chronic exposure. It’s such a sad consequence, given the fact that, with the right knowledge, we can control the exposure and avoid cancer risks discussed here.

What paths do these toxins travel?

1. They can remain on any surface you’ve cleaned.
2. They can enter your body via inhalation, contact, or possible ingestion.
3. For a pregnant woman, these chemicals or toxins can migrate through her own body into that of her baby, where they can damage the developing brain or other organs. As a result, a baby could be born with a defect or illness.
4. They can cycle back into your home. Although you may feel safe after watching the used chemicals disappear down the drain or toilet, it is possible for them to leach back into the tap water systems.

The point is — Even if the amounts are tiny, they can build up over time, contaminating the water we use to drink or cook, shower in, and wash our clothes and dishes. So, make sure what you’re using at home is safe, not just convenient. Think before you pour any chemicals down the drain.

More importantly, take action to protect yourself and your loved ones. Go through your household cleaners, such as bathroom disinfectants, glass cleaners, drain cleaners, oven cleaners, dish detergents, garden pesticides, paints, paint strippers, stain removers, furniture polish, detergents, degreasers, and even flea powders. Check to see if any toxic and cancerous ingredients are present, and safely eliminate them.

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