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Healthy Cleaning Recipes

All-Purpose Cleaner

2 tablespoons borax
¼ cup vinegar
2 cups hot water

Mix borax and vinegar with water in a spray bottle.
 



No-Streak Glass Cleaner

¼ cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
4 cups warm water

Mix the ingredients; apply with a sponge, or pour into a spray bottle. For lint-free results, wipe dry with crumpled newspaper, and buff to a shine.
 



Disinfectant

2 tablespoons borax
¼ cup vinegar
2 cups hot water

Combine the borax and vinegar with the water in a spray bottle. Use like any commercial all-purpose cleaner.
 



Furniture Polish

1 lemon
1 teaspoon olive oil (least expensive)
1 teaspoon water

Make fresh polish each time you use it. Extract the juice from the lemon. Mix with oil and water. Apply a thin coat on a wood surface, and let sit for 5 minutes. Use a soft cloth to buff to a deep shine.
 


 

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Mildew and mold growth can take place in damp areas of the home, including showers, sinks, bathrooms and kitchens. Clean damp areas, such as kitchens, bathtubs or under-sink cabinets, frequently to reduce mold-feeding spores and microbes. (Photo by Canstock)
Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative March 9, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi's humid climate creates a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew, especially in cluttered, unventilated homes.

Many people recognize these fungi by their musty smells on clothing and dark spots on walls and ceilings, but growth usually begins in areas that are unseen or difficult to access.

Eliminating clutter is one way to prevent bed bugs from becoming a problem. Once these parasites are introduced into a home, extermination requires professionals. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Blake Layton)
Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Healthy Homes Initiative, Health, Insects-Human Pests February 15, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Housecleaning and decluttering efforts can go a long way in preventing home-invading bed bugs from setting up residence where they can feed at night on human hosts.

Bed bugs are nuisance pests that often live, as their name suggests, in beds. Once the bugs are introduced into a home, their extermination requires professional services. The Mississippi State University Extension Service, through the Healthy Homes Initiative, is equipping residents with the knowledge to keep this problem out of their houses.

Residents of homes at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning should invest in alarms that can detect the odorless, toxic gas. Chimneys, gas appliances and other sources can produce carbon monoxide. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Linda Breazeale)
Filed Under: Family, Healthy Homes Initiative, Health February 7, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Most bill payers are keenly aware of the importance of energy efficiency, but a new initiative is placing similar emphasis on environmental concerns.

David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said weatherization focuses on reducing energy bills and increasing comfort, but families need a more comprehensive approach to home improvements.

Filed Under: Family, Healthy Homes Initiative, Health December 14, 2016

RAYMOND, Miss. -- When the new year rolls around, people often resolve to focus on personal fitness goals, but it is a great time to make sure homes are healthy as well.

"There are a lot of hazards our homes can pose that could be harmful to our health," said David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. "Some of these hazards give no warning signs."

Carbon monoxide, lead and radon are odorless, invisible contaminants that can cause serious health problems and even death if left unchecked.

Filed Under: Family, Healthy Homes Initiative, Health November 10, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- All the good smells of the holidays brought into the house by candles, cooking, live greenery and holiday plants can contribute to poor indoor air quality.

David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said indoor air quality affects human health in several ways.

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