Conventional cleaners used in the home are extremely toxic to humans and animals alike. These products contain poisonous chemicals like ammonia and chlorine that can cause asthma, respiratory damage, kidney failure, severe reactions to the skin and eyes or even death. Chemical solutions are also very abrasive and damaging when used consistently on delicate surfaces. The following article will detail some natural cleaners that are both inexpensive and completely safe to use.
Lemon is an effective cleaner for hard surfaces and cuts through grease and food stains easily. Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section of the lemon and rub on dishes and surfaces. Lemon is a disinfectant and can be rubbed across chopping boards and countertops to kill germs. The citrus fragrance of lemon will leave your kitchen smelling fresh and inviting so you won’t need to use harmful air freshener sprays that can interfere with your ability to smell properly. Lemon also removes stains from brass and copper ornaments. Remember that it has a bleaching effect, so test it on a conspicuous area before use.
Vinegar is a multi-purpose cleaner that cuts through stains with ease. Simply mix a solution of equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray in the toilet or on sinks and countertops. Vinegar also eats away at lime scale on bathroom fixtures. Mopping the floor with vinegar and water gives it a sparkling shine. Just remember not to use vinegar on marble or tile grout because it’s too abrasive for these porous surfaces. Don’t worry about the smell of vinegar because it leaves no odor or residue once it’s dry.
Baking soda is a natural deodorizer and a great substitute for aerosol sprays. Leave a small tub of baking soda in the refrigerator or freezer to combat bad food smells. Sprinkle some baking soda into sweaty sneakers to absorb the odor. It’s a very gentle cleaner and can be scrubbed onto enamel surfaces too. Baking soda is also mild enough to clean copper pots and pans – leaving them wonderful shine. Ovens are always stubborn to clean but baking soda is a great scrub for the interior. Dishwasher detergents often leave residue on dishes, which can be dangerous when ingested over long periods of time. Baking soda is a much safer and cheaper substitute for detergents.
Borax is a very versatile natural cleaner for the home. It serves as an excellent disinfectant for germy surfaces. Mix ½ cup of Borax with ½ gallon of hot water and spray on bathroom surfaces, counter tops, kitchen floors and toilets. Instead of using toxic chemical gels to unclog your drain, use ½ cup of Borax with a couple of cups of boiling water and pour down the drain. This should dissolve any blockages whilst deodorizing the drain. Borax is also a mould inhibitor and can be used on inconspicuous areas on walls. Mix some borax and water into a paste and rub over the mould. Leave the paste overnight until it sets. Rinse the powder off to reveal clean, mould-free walls.