Available commercial cleaners are not only pricey, but also contain many toxic chemicals that can endanger yours and your family’s health.
Their ingredients can cause various health issues – ranging from “minor” skin irritations and rashes to allergies, poisoning and respiratory problems. This is the reason why so many people have become fond of using “green-and-natural” agents for their household cleaning tasks.
These 7 “super domestic workers” can deal with almost all sorts of cleaning nuisances you come across in your home or office.” They are inexpensive, efficient and easy to find because, in most cases, they are already in your utility cupboard!
The cleaning properties of sodium bicarbonate were also known to ancient Egyptians. They used the natural substance natron (which basically consisted of sodium bicarbonate and sodium carbonate dehydrate) as a cleaning agent.
Baking soda is an abrasive product which makes it suitable to remove all kinds of build-up dirt. It is easy to clean your bathroom tiles, substituting a chemical product with it. You can also use soda to remove scruff marks from walls, furniture and rugs. Even the toughest ones come out if you use wet sponge and baking soda and gently rub the spot until it is gone.
Soda is also a great deodorant. It can be used as a toothpaste, as a drain cleaner, etc.
Salt is the oldest mineral on our planet. It can be found literally everywhere and it’s a substance any household cannot do without.
Cooking salt, known as sodium chloride, is crystalline or powder substance that easily dissolves any type of grease. So, instead of using a chemical product to clean your oven, you can just spray the surfaces with warm water and sprinkle salt on the oily spots. Leave it like this for a few minutes, and then gently rub out the stains. If you are not happy with the result, do not freak – just repeat the “treatment”. Even the most stubborn, old grease spots can be cleaned safely and green in this way. No toxic chemicals to inhale – no danger for your health!
Cooking salt is also good at removing greasy stains from your garments, rugs, or any other kind of textile.
A tip: This method works best when the stain is fresh. When you drop an oily salad dressing on your favorite piece of clothing, instead of applying a commercial stain remover, put a thick layer of salt on the dirty area and leave it until it sucks the grease out. After a while, remove the salt and wash the garment as usual.
Did you know that people have been making vinegar for over 10, 000 years? It’s true! There is data, that Babylonians used it as a food preservative and they were the first to spice it up with herbs.
Nowadays, it is widely used as a natural conserving agent, condiment and a domestic cleaning aid. You can safely use it when doing your laundry to restore the bright colors of any kind of fabric, to whiten white clothes, to preserve linen or linen containing fabrics.
Housewives know well that vinegar is a great substance to clean glassware, stainless steel appliances and to remove grease and foul odors from plastic and ordinary dishes, cooking pots or even to polish the laminate floor!
This time use your extra lemon juice as an efficient cleaner. The lemon has anti-bacterial properties, so the juice not only cleans, but sanitizes as well.
Do not throw anything: You can use the peels, as well as the whole fruit or only the juice. It works great as a remover of fish, garlic or any other strong smell. Just take a piece of lemon and rub it onto the porcelain dishes and plates (or your hands) before washing them.
Just throw a few cut wedges of lemon in your garbage bin and never worry about the unpleasant odor in it!
5. Natural oils
For thousands of years people have used the natural oils in cooking, cosmetics and medicine. Natural oils like linseed and olive oil, coconut butter, or even ordinary cooking oil, can be used as natural conditioners for leather and leather items – car seats, sofa, jackets and shoes.
Use: Drop a small amount of natural oil on a clean dry cloth and gently rub it onto the leather surface. Leave it like this for a while and wipe the residue with clean cloth. You can add few drops of lemon juice if you want to brighten the colors of your leather furniture or jacket.
A tip: Use a wool cloth if you want to make the leather look shiny and polished. You can use linseed oil or coconut butter to easily remove kids ‘chewing gums from your leather car seats too.
6. Castile soap
Castile soap is another “super cleaning” product. It’s olive-based, hypo-allergenic natural cleaner.
Use: You can melt some soap in warm water and use this solution to wash your dishes, clean your hard floor and remove light stains from your carpets or furniture. Also, you can use Castile soap to hand wash delicate garments and lingerie because there is virtually no risk of skin irritations, or damage for the fabric.
This is probably the most nature-friendly way of cleaning. Soapnuts are actually fruits, growing on bushes and small trees from the genius Sapindus, which is naturally found in warm tropical regions. Soapnuts contain natural saponins in their pods.
Use: There are many ways to use the soapberries pods – you can just put 4-5 pods in cotton bag, or in an old sock in the washing machine and replace your laundry detergent. You can make your own cleaning solution by boiling the soapnut shells and use them to clean everything around the house – floors, countertops and dishes.
Extra use: You can use the same solution as a shampoo or shower gel because it doesn’t cause any allergies – actually soapnuts have been used as a folk remedy for number of skin conditions in Ayurvedic medicine.
Although soapnuts are not something you can find in every home, they are quite inexpensive and there are many online shops that sell them.
One last note:
In addition to the items we have mentioned, there is one more thing to reconsider if you want to make your home shine without resorting to heavy duty chemistry. The second best cleaner is STEAM!
So, think about investing in a steam cleaner. The extremely heated water eliminates all types of microbes, bacteria, dust mites and you may not need any other agents!
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