We are currently living in a time where the environment is at the forefront of our thinking. We focus more on the plastics that we are putting out into the world, the fat we are washing down the drains and we are swapping our cars from gas-run to electric vehicles. We are more aware of our surroundings now more than ever, and part of this awareness is turning to natural cleaners.
Not all cleaning products are safe, and that’s why you need to look into using natural products in your home. The thing is, eco-friendly cleaning supplies aren’t the cheapest out there, which is why it’s so much easier to make them yourself. Let’s take a look at some of the simplest tips for eco-friendly cleaning!
Go Back To Basics
So, what do you think about when you think of the cleaning products under your sink? Is it the bleach for the toilet or the pine-fresh spray you use for the wooden coffee table? These cleaners can be bought fairly cheaply, but they’re not natural cleaning products. The ingredients aren’t always safe, and you have to keep them away from the children and your pets. Natural cleaning products are safer, and while you still have to keep them away from the children, they’re not as toxic as the alternative. So, for a natural cleaning kit that packs a punch, try these:
- White vinegar for loosening dirt
- Olive oil polishes wood
- Lemon juice cuts through grease
- Washing soda is a great stain remover!
No More Drain Troubles
There’s nothing worse than slow-running drains that tell you that there is too much gunk running down them. Instead of worrying about it, think about how you can prevent the drains from clogging up. You can add a sink strainer to the shower drains and stop any unwanted hair from rinsing down the pipes. When you do get a clog, go with an old fashioned plunger and some baking soda to get the job done. No muss, no fuss, no nasty bleaches!
Going Green With Wood
Polishing the tables and scrubbing the wood of the surfaces in your home usually comes with a duster and several different types of polish. For a more eco-friendly method, think about olive oil and vinegar. With hot water and vinegar, you can clean most wood tables, and with a cup of vinegar and a teaspoon of oil, you can have your wooden furniture shining up beautifully!
Through The Looking Glass
The windows are the eyes of the home, and when your eyes get dirt on them, you rub them until you can see. Well, your windows are no different at all! With a simple mix of vinegar and water, you can have gleaming windows in no time. For a little tip – to avoid smearing the windows as you wipe them, use a squeegee and then kitchen paper to dry them off. There are no smudges when you use kitchen paper!
Scrubbing the Oven
It’s the job most chefs in the kitchen hate – the oven. Thankfully, most ovens are self-cleaning now, but there are plenty of green cleaning options around to ensure that you don’t go overboard with the chemicals. Instead of industrial-strength oven cleaners, try the baking soda and a scouring pad. You can use a little elbow grease to get right into those cracks and crevices, too!
It’s All About The Bathroom
Bathrooms are a breeding ground for bacteria. Wet floor mats, humidity and soap scum at the bottom of the shower? All places that can grow some impressive-looking bacteria. Use baking soda and vinegar to scrub the toilet and use Borax for the tub and the tiles. Your bathroom doesn't need to be the next starting point for the plague. You deserve a bathroom as polished and scrubbed as the rest of the house, so think about how you want the bathroom to look and then jump on the products that will help you to get there.
Natural Cleaner = Natural Scent
Burning those smelly candles and spraying those air fresheners do nothing but make your home fill up with chemicals that give your lungs a shake. Phthalates are hormone-disrupting chemicals, and they are found in many different household air fresheners and cleaners. Instead of spraying these around your house, keeping your house naturally clean should be enough to eliminate any stench around the house. Throw open the windows and let the fresh air inside the house. It’s the best natural air freshener there is!
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