Even during this ongoing drought, Milpitas California offers excellent tap water for its residents, new and old. As in the rest of California, water is a scarce and invaluable resource. Civic leaders have been careful to safeguard their water supplies and in 2014, Milpitas tap water met all US Environmental Protection Agency standards. Two-thirds of Milpitas water comes primarily from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. The rest comes from the Santa Clara Valley Water District. Two water treatment plants, Penetencia and Santa Teresa, filter and disinfect the water before it is sent into city homes. On average, over 16,000 Milpitas homes consume over 8.7 million gallons of water a day! Protecting the water, and the environment in general, is an excellent way to maintain the high quality of your new Milpitas home.
Help Keep Milpitas Environmentally Healthy!
An easy way to maintain environmental quality is to choose environmentally safe cleaning supplies. Standard cleaning supplies often contain harsh chemicals that can be toxic to biological organisms. When these toxins enter the food chain, they can be transmitted through to humans, and carry with them the harmful poisons. Packaging also presents problems, as most cleaning supplies are contained in plastics that don’t degrade or break down. The chemicals and plastics can stay in the environment for years, causing acute (immediate onset) or chronic (ongoing) health issues over generations.
There are many cleaning products available commercially that are certified to be environmentally safe. They come in sub-categories, too, such as “no animal testing”, vegetarian or vegan supplies, recyclable packaging, FairTrade, etc. Whatever your personal environmental cause might be, there are commercially available, environmental safe cleaning supplies that are made in response to that concern. You can support your cause when you clean your home!
For Do-It-Yourself-ers, natural cleaning products can be made from common grocery store supplies, usually for much less than the cost of a commercial product. Here are three cleaning “solutions” to this problem:
Standard glass cleaners contain ammonia, butyl cellosolve or glycol ether and phthalates. Ammonia is a strong irritant to eyes, skin and lungs. Accidentally mixing it with bleach can cause a lethal toxic cloud. The other two ingredients have been linked to health issues in children and men.
Instead, use this environmentally safe, effective and aromatic option:
2 Cups water
½ cup white or cider vinegar
¼ cup rubbing alcohol (70% concentration) and
1 to 2 drops of orange essence oil (optional, and any oil will work).
Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray on a cloth first, not the glass itself. Using this early in the day, before it gets too hot, will prevent streaks from forming as it dries.
The commercial versions of these often contain formaldehyde, which causes asthma and allergies, and has been identified as a carcinogen.
Instead, try this remarkable combination:
1 lemon, cut in half
½ cup borax (a laundry booster – it’s in the detergent aisle).
Dip the cut side of the lemon into the borax and scrub the affected areas. Rinse well.
These commercial products can contain a wide variety of toxic chemicals that can burn, poison or even kill. Their labels or technical documents frequently contain dire warnings about the possibility of permanent damage, burns that develop slowly over time, and even bone penetration of chemicals.
Instead, use this solution to remove the grime from your oven’s hood and grills:
½ sudsy ammonia diluted very thoroughly in a gallon of water.
Dip a sponge or cloth into the solution and wipe over greasy surfaces. Rinse well with clean water.
Every Milpitas Trumark home is sparkling clean. We suggest keeping it that way using environmentally safe cleaning products that protect its finishes, your family’s health and your new community. To learn more about Milpitas’s other great resources, contact us today.