There are many ways to green your home, and one of them is to get rid of toxic chemical cleaning products. Here are some all-natural ways to keep your home spic and span.
Cleaning your home the eco-friendly way has its benefits. Many cleansers are expensive, harsh on skin, can cause allergic reactions, are generally toxic and may leave a residue that could potentially be harmful to pets and small children, so a solution to keeping your home clean and fresh is to use chemical-free alternatives such as the ones listed below.
Pure and simple, distilled white vinegar is a miracle product found right in your own pantry. More than just an ingredient for your salad dressing, it is also a powerful cleaning agent! The ways to use vinegar to clean your home are seemingly endless, but here are just some of the uses for this wonder cleanser.
- Mix a half-and-half solution of vinegar to water in a spray bottle. Use it for general cleaning around your home, including keeping mirrors, windows, sinks and stainless steel appliances streak free and sparkling.
- Full-strength vinegar will cut through soap scum, lime buildup, and mineral deposits as well as unsightly toilet stains.
- It is a handy stain remover for carpets.
- It kills mildew and mould spores, so it’s great for cleaning humidifiers, tiles, and around toilets, and it’s a perfect final rinse for a container contaminated by mould so the container can be used again.
The tangy citrus scent of lemon is reminiscent of a fresh, clean day, and when you use it as a cleanser, your home will smell and feel much like that!
- Throw a handful of lemon slices down the garbage disposal, and run it to freshen up the drain and sink.
- Clean your real brass and copper with a mixture of lemon juice and salt.
- It is a great stain remover since it’s a natural bleach. Use it to remove stains from plastic and counter tops.
- Fill a small microwaveable container with water and lemon slices, heat to boiling, then remove the bowl from the microwave. This will loosen the stuck-on food for easy cleanup and leave your microwave smelling fresh.
Most of us are familiar with using a box of baking soda to absorb odours in our fridge, but a box of this super-cleanser does much more than just that!
- Use it as a general deodorizer around your home. Pour it into the bottom of garbage containers and in a kitty litter box, and add a box to a closet to help keep odours at bay.
- A three-to-one mixture of baking soda to water will create a scouring paste that will clean away difficult stains from countertops and silverware.
- Easily removes scuffs from your floors with just a sprinkle and a quick wipe with a wet cloth.
- Use a baking soda paste as a non-abrasive cleanser to clean tubs and showers, cookware and anything else you don’t want to scratch.
A more recent addition to the natural approach on the war on grime is a microfibre cloth or towel. Made of millions of minute fibres that are lint free and basically just suck up dirt, these cloths are a powerhouse in the cleaning world. They come in various sizes to suit any purpose and need nothing more than a spritz of water to help clean your home efficiently.