Most of our home cleaning supplies are easily available at the stores, and reasonably cheap. We are guaranteed to find a wide array of products to choose from, most of which help keep our homes clean and fresh. But, are they safe to use?
Store-bought cleaning supplies contain chemicals, some of which can have negative effects on our lives. More so, if you have young children, such as toddlers who spend a lot of their time on the floor, touching surfaces that are regularly cleaned with detergent.
Fortunately, there are safer and equally effective homemade cleaning solutions, which guarantee not just a clean, but a safe and healthy home.
Natural Cleaning Tips
In The Kitchen
One of the areas in the kitchen that get a lot of stains and dirt are the kitchen countertops. To clean them up, simply mix equal parts of water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray and clean the surface. If your countertops are made of stone, marble or granite, use rubbing alcohol or vodka instead of white vinegar. The acid present in the white vinegar can corrode these surfaces over time.
Most people barely know how to deal with cutting boards, especially if made of wood. Simply cut a lemon in half and run one-half generously over the board. Allow the juice to sit for at least ten minutes before rinsing it off with cold running water. For a deep clean, dip the lemon half in Kosher salt and then scrub the surface of the board.
Did you know that you can make your own dishwashing detergent? It’s quite simple! All you need to do is mix 1 cup of Castile soap, 1 cup of room temperature water, and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice into a plastic container. And, you’re good to go!
In The Bathroom
Cleaning toilet bowls can be such a nightmare. For a thorough cleanup, use half a cup of baking powder with 10 drops of essential tea tree oil. Mix the ingredients, and put them in a spray bottle filled with water. Mix to combine. Spray generously, inside and outside the bowl. As the bowl marinates in the cleaning mixture, pour a quarter cup of white vinegar and scrub vigorously. The chemical reaction will produce a fizzle. Once satisfied with the results, close and flush the toilet. You’ll have a clean, deodorized toilet bowl in no time!
To help eliminate mildew from your tub and shower, spray white vinegar generously on the affected area, and leave it for at least 30 minutes. Then, rinse it off with warm water.
You can give your laundry that clean, fresh scent using your desired array of dried herbs, such as peppermint and lavender. Simply stuff these herbs in a tightly sealed sachet, and toss it in the dryer. When your clothes come out, they’ll have the heavenly scent of the herbs on them.
You can also bleach your clothes by adding lemon juice to the rinse sequence.
General Areas And Surfaces
For cleaning the floor, mix two parts of warm water with one part of white vinegar in a bucket, and mob away.
Clean your windows using a mixture of white vinegar and water, mixed in the ratio of 1 to 4 respectively.
For your wooden furniture, make organic varnish using two tablespoons of olive oil, some warm water, and a tablespoon of white vinegar.