Cleaning a home to kick out 99.9% germs may be possible, but at what expense? The chemicals used in the process often interfere with all bacteria it encounters, irrespective of their nature. Thus, they pose quite a problem if they are ingested in any way (a problem that can’t be avoided if they have children and pets at home). Moreover, it is not like using chemical cleaners to promise safety against the flu that you eventually catch as the season changes.
Hence, switching to an economically and chemically natural source will help you strike off at the very least one fear. They can match up to the abrasive nature of the cleaners yet be natural on the body. Here are the top cleaning solutions to stock up.
For Your Glasses!
Glasses and windows are some of the most effortless spaces to clean using a natural soap solution. Many household alternatives can replace industrial cleaning chemicals. However, our top pick goes to the vinegar solution made of one vinegar solution (preferably, white vinegar) and water (preferably, distilled water). Mix the mixture well in a spray bottle and spray them over windows during the cleaning sessions. The soft fragrance of vinegar helps to curb any odor while leaving the windows sparkling. If you find streaks remaining, rub them off using rubbing alcohol to get the final finish.
For General Surfaces
Baking/washing soda is a powerful ingredient for cleaning and is pretty abrasive. Concoct a mixture of washing soda in warm water and top it with any essential oil to leave a soft fragrance. Spray the cleaning solution on surfaces like countertops, floors, and even grills and wipe them off using a microfiber towel. If the stains still do not go, let the solution soak the grime for half an hour before rubbing them off.
To clean the kitchen sinks, put some baking soda in the sinks, followed by boiling water. This will help to deodorize as well as de-clog the sink.
For Hardy Stains
Getting stains off some surfaces is hard enough for even harsh chemicals. But since they are a lot more abrasive in nature, they either tend to destroy the fabric/surface or are non-effective.
However, adding a teaspoon or two of vinegar or acetone to the cleaning soap solutions can make a lot of difference. First, soak the area with the above solution and then rub the area with baking soda for a few minutes. Finally, rinse the cloth or wipe the surface with a microfiber towel.
We all love clean laundry, and there are few natural alternatives here. But adding some of the natural cleaners will help you get fresher and cleaner laundry every day without much effort.
Next time you do laundry, in addition to detergent, add baking soda and a pinch of non-iodized salt, followed by vinegar and essential oils during the rinsing cycle. The baking soda, similar to washing soda, softens the water, making the detergent more effective. The vinegar softens the clothes, while the essential oils leave a mild fragrance.
For Toilets And Bathrooms
You have two things to fight off in the washrooms- the first is the scum, and the second is the bathroom rings.
The scums can be treated using washing soda. The scums are formed when the soap ( a base) reacts with the hard water. The washing soda softens the water; hence, you effectively neutralize the grimes, removing them off the surfaces. Make a washing soda mix using washing soda and salt mix to make it more effective.
For cleaning toilets, baking sodas are better. Put some baking soda into the toilet and keep it as such for an hour. Then, flush the entire thing out. If the toilets are too dirty, scrub the pot and add a cup of vinegar before flushing. However, make sure the cleaning is done regularly as they are not as potent as conventional cleaners.
Trash cans are one of the smelliest places. With rotten stuff adhering to the surfaces here and others, it is essential to clean them properly to get rid of both residues and smell. Use a powerful hose to loosen up the residues without having to scrub the can. Then, pour some vinegar solution (vinegar plus citric acid) into the trash can and leave it for a few hours.
Bleach is also another agent to clean the smelly trash cans. Spray some bleach solutions in the can and let it sit for half an hour before proceeding with the deodorizing part using the citrus vinegar solution.
Switch from toxic chemicals to a natural cleaning alternative that saves your dollars and gives you better results. Ditching the dangerous chemical-rich cleaners will not only keep your children and environment safe, but your skin will also give out a sigh of relief. Furthermore, going green won’t let you regret the decision as you are not compromising on anything, be it cleanliness or quality!