Today’s modern home is loaded with polluting and toxic substances designed to make domestic life easier. Many of the ingredients used in conventional cleaning products — like ammonia and Detergents — are less than kind to Mother Earth. The indiscriminate use of toxic chemicals in commercial cleaning products has negative effects on both our personal health and the health of the environment. Cleaning is supposed to be about maintaining a healthy home, yet some common household cleaning products contain chemicals that can harm human health and the environment.
Fortunately, there are solutions that are kinder to the environment. You can clean anything in your home in a less toxic way, often with ingredients that you already have on hand. Switching to natural cleaning options is the best way and an important part of creating a natural home. Natural cleaning options can save time, money, and reduce chemical exposure. We’ve got 12 ways to clean your house that are healthier for your body, your wallet, and the environment.
. Baking Soda
Cleans, deodorizes, softens water, scours. Baking soda doesn’t kill anything, but it does a terrific cleaning job on sinks and tubs. Combined with vinegar, baking soda produces an impressive foaming reaction that gives off harmless carbon dioxide gas.
. Black Tea
Black tea is a great morning beverage, but it turns out that it’s also an excellent way to clean your windows. The tannic acid in the tea helps dissolve dirt and grease on the windows.
one of the strongest food-acids, effective against most household bacteria. Dilute some lemon juice with water to clean stains on cutting boards and kill germs, spray a lemon juice to keep your kitchen countertops clean and smelling great.
. Olive oil
Olive oil is a great natural cleaner and polisher. Add some lemon juice or vinegar and you’ve got a great natural wood polisher. Rub it into leather to get scratches out, add some salt and you can scrub pots and pans or you can use it to lubricate all your kitchen appliances, from blenders and grinders to any cookware with movable parts—or even fix a squeaky door.
The salt we are talking about here is simple table salt, or sodium chloride (NaCl) to give it it’s chemical name. Salt serves as a catalyst for other ingredients, such as vinegar, lemon juice, and washing up liquid all combine safely with salt for various cleaning tasks. Cleaning with salt, alone or in combination with other natural cleaners can tackle a wide range of household cleaning tasks.
Switching to natural cleaning options is an important part of creating a natural home. Natural cleaning options can save time, money, and reduce chemical exposure.