Today, Kathleen is sharing her tips and recipes for toxin-free cleaning to help you keep your family safe, your home clean, and more money in your budget!
Natural Cleaning Alternatives & 5 Easy Recipes for Everyday Cleaners
Oh, cleaning. One of the most burdensome and tiring jobs in the world. And one of the nastiest as well. Having to come face to face with so many disgusting germs and grime is a sad reality we come to terms with each and every day. Nevertheless, we all enjoy the smell of a clean home. Unfortunately, it usually comes with the smell of toxic chemicals. The sad truth is that we use too many harmful substances to treat our living spaces.
It’s no secret that many household cleaners are loaded with chemical compounds which are anything but safe for our families and pets. Then why use them at all? Isn’t the price we have to pay too steep? Are we ready to sacrifice our health for the sake of a clean environment? If the answer to this question is “no”, we suggest you have a look at the natural cleaning alternatives we have provided down below because it is possible to keep your home clean with safe, natural cleaning alternatives.
Natural Cleaning Alternatives
It’s no secret that vinegar has amazing cleaning powers. Our great grandmothers probably used it all the time to sanitize their homes before toxic store-bought cleaners came to light. It has antimicrobial properties, which make it a perfect pick for any cleaning and disinfecting job. Mixing it with other natural ingredients, you can create powerful house cleaners. And while vinegar is an inexpensive alternative to store-bought cleaners, you shouldn’t use it on iron, stone floor tiles, marble and granite countertops and hardwood floors. But it’s ideal for the rest of fixtures and fittings.
It can work its magic when it comes to killing bacteria and loosening dirt and grime. A bowl filled with water and lemon juice will leave your microwave sparkling in just 10 minutes.
The white powder has been known for centuries for its deodorizing and cleaning properties. It is slightly abrasive, which makes it a strong yet gentle cleaner. It scours, softens water and cleans.
Rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol.
Whenever you need a natural disinfectant, use rubbing alcohol. It is safe to use and it works miracles.
Cornstarch can be used to absorb spills, polish furniture and clean windows. If you like implementing natural substances into your cosmetic products, you should know that cornstarch is a basic ingredient in homemade deodorants. So many uses, so little money.
5 Easy Recipes for Everyday Cleaners
1. All-purpose cleaner.
Mix together 1 cup of water (distilled), ½ tablespoon of castile soap (liquid) and 10-15 drops of essential oils (of your choice). Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and use around the home.
2. Mold remover.
Combine two parts water with one part hydrogen peroxide in a clean spray bottle. Apply to moldy areas. Let it sit for a couple of hours. Rinse well.
3. Bathroom cleaner.
Mix together 2 tablespoons of vinegar (white), ½ cup of water, ½ cup of liquid soap and 1 ½ cups baking soda in a spray bottle and shake vigorously. Use on bathroom sinks, tiles, floor and bath tub.
4. Glass cleaner.
Mix about 4 cups of water (warm), 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, ½ cup rubbing alcohol and ½ cup white vinegar into a bowl and give it a stir. Transfer the mixture into a spray bottle and clean your windows with a microfiber cloth.
5. Sink cleaner
(for stainless steel, copper and brass fixtures and sinks). Combine equal parts salt and lemon juice and stir until you form a paste. Cover your sink with the paste and let sit for a while. After that gently scrub and rinse.
Hope these tips help you to move away from using harsh chemicals to clean your home. Being environmentally-friendly is no longer a trend. It’s a reality that thousands of people have come to embrace. It deserves a try.
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This article was written by Kathleen Crane of City Cleaners Tooting, UK.
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