Natural Cleaners for Your Home

A fresh clean home can make just about anyone smile, but using chemicals and harsh cleaners to get there is not only expensive, it can be dangerous.

Let’s take a look at some natural ways to keep your home clean and fresh while avoiding the caustic smells and harshness of chemicals.

First, there are a few items to keep on hand for safer cleaning:

  • Lemons – antibacterial, effective against most household bacteria
  • Baking Soda – cleans and deodorizes, general purpose cleaner
  • Borax – cleans and deodorizes, great for wallpaper, painted walls, and floors
  • White Vinegar – cuts grease, removes odors and mildew
  • Hydrogen Peroxide – antibacterial agent

With these few ingredients, you can take care of even the toughest jobs in your home.

General Purpose Cleaning

A 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 gallon of water works wonders on surfaces and floors.  I keep a spray bottle handy to wipe off counters, tables, bathroom fixtures, and clean floors. Vinegar is great at cutting grease, and adding hydrogen peroxide to the mix creates a natural antibacterial agent.

Bathrooms

Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 3 parts water.  Spray on bathroom tile and grout, and let sit for at least 1 hour before rinsing.

Pour 1 cup of baking soda into toilet, and let sit for an hour.  Add 1 cup of vinegar, and let stand 5 minutes.

Wooden Cutting Boards

Cut a lemon in half, and rub across the board.  In addition, keep wooden boards in top condition by applying a cutting board oil or wax periodically.  This properly seals the surface to prevent bacteria from settling in.

Deodorizing
  • Carpets – sprinkle baking soda, let sit for several hours, and vacuum
  • Garbage Disposals – cut up lemons and grind up in the unit
  • Air fresheners – boil water on the stove and throw in your favorite smells such as vanilla, ginger, or cinnamon, orange, and nutmeg
Marks on Walls

Apply baking soda to a damp sponge and rub carefully.  Wipe off with water.

Tough Grease and Stains

Create your own scouring powder by mixing 2 parts baking soda, 1 part salt, and 1 part Borax. This mixture cuts through the toughest spills and grease.

Cutting back on harsh chemical usage creates a safer home environment and is far more environmentally friendly.  With a few basic items, you can naturally take care of most household grime, and enjoy a more chemical free home.

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