When you want to keep a nice, clean house there are many ways to do so without the use of potentially harmful cleaning chemicals. Whether you’re concerned about your children or pets getting into your cleaning solutions, or when you yourself clean your house it irritates your eyes and breathing, try these natural cleaning solutions for your every day cleaning needs to keep your home safe and healthy for all!
To clean your bathroom, such as your tubs, sinks, around the toilet, etc, mix equal parts vinegar and water and apply to the surface. Vinegar will not harm most surfaces (it’s not recommended for marble, however) and it is a natural deodorizer and antibacterial cleaner all in one. The smell dissipates as soon as it dries, and it won’t harm your skin and is non-toxic. Just be sure to not use too much vinegar, as a higher concentration of vinegar can eat away your tile grout. Just make sure to use equal parts vinegar and water and you should be fine. Use the mixture in a spray bottle to spray surfaces, or fill the sink or tub with the solution and use a rag to clean your surfaces. For your toilet to eat away rings pour straight vinegar into the bowl and leave for 5 minutes, then scrub the bowl as usual. Flush your toilet once or twice to rid the bowl of the vinegar scent. Once the vinegar dries, you will have a nice, clean bathroom free of bacteria without using toxic chemicals.
To leave behind a pleasant scent add a few drops of lavender oil or tea tree oil to your solution. The vinegar scent will fade but the scented oils will linger and leave behind a yummy aroma. Vanilla oils and ginger are lovely as well.
A half cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle while doing laundry works as an excellent fabric softener, and has the added bonus of helping detergents break down in your clothing. This tip is excellent for individuals who are sensitive to laundry detergents and softeners as it won’t irritate the skin and helps clothes leave the washer without the itchy detergent remnants that irritate sensitive skin.
Lemon juice and baking soda are excellent cleaning solutions as well. Mix lemon juice and baking soda into a paste to remove stubborn soap scum and hard water deposits in your bathroom and kitchen. Baking soda can be used anywhere you would normally use Ajax to break down stains and hard water stains. To clean your dishes, take a lemon cut in half sprinkled with baking soda to remove stubborn coffee stains and tomato stains from your dishware. Pour a carafe of water with a few tablespoons of lemon juice through your coffee maker to help break down burned-on coffee stains and clean the tubing inside your coffee maker for fresher brewing.
You can add lemon juice to equal parts water and vinegar to wipe down your cupboards and tiles and floors, and put the baking soda/lemon juice paste to set-in stains on your counter tops, like juice and coffee stains. Leave on for a moment or two and wipe away. The vinegar and water solution with a few drops of lemon juice is great in a spray bottle for wiping down windows and getting rid of water spots and bug stains!
For dusting, use olive oil and lemon juice for shiny furniture. Mix one cup olive oil with 1/2 cup of lemon juice for a nicely scented, non-damaging furniture polish that is healthy for your wood and will keep it from drying out.
Great tips for a chemical-free home!