4 of the Best Safe and Natural Cleaning Products to Use Around the Home
Cleaning the house is a task that many of us dread doing, because let’s face it… it can be a real drag. Not only is it time consuming and saps your energy, but it also takes your time away from doing things you love, like spending time with family and friends.
And further to that, you quite often end up with hands that sting and smell like industrial strength chemicals!
But as undesirable as it is, it needs to be done to maintain a healthy environment and keep germs and bacteria at bay. One challenge I found when cleaning the house is that there are limited choices when shopping for cleaning solutions that are not harmful to the environment, and are safe even for kids and pets.
If you’re like me, you have probably planned to ditch the products that contain harsh chemicals, and go for cleaning solutions that will let you practice sustainable cleaning. Clean your house with basic cleaning ingredients that is natural and safe.
In this post, I’ll cover some of the eco-friendly cleaning solutions that you can use to clean your home easily, and minimize any harm to the environment.
1. Use the versatile white vinegar
Vinegar can do more than just add flavor to a recipe. It can be used to kill germs in the house and what’s better is that it’s readily available, as you probably have a bottle of vinegar in stock in your kitchen. Vinegar is a great multi-purpose agent that is particularly effective in removing stains, deodorizing, and disinfecting different areas within your home.
To make a natural disinfectant with vinegar, mix equal parts water and white vinegar, and store the solution in a spray bottle for convenient use. This versatile disinfectant can be used to clean so many things, including doorknobs, telephones, mirrors and glass, and even freezer and refrigerator.
2. Grab that lemon
Lemons are high in citric acid, d-limonene, and lemon oil which are effective ingredients for disinfecting and deodorizing surfaces.
The citrusy scent of lemon will give your home a refreshed smell, and will inspire you to get serious in cleaning the house. To make a lemon juice cleaning spray, simply mix the juice of one lemon with one cup of water, or you can also add lime juice and one cup of distilled white vinegar to make the solution more potent. Keep the solution in a spray bottle, and shake well before using.
Use the lemon juice spray to clean cutting boards, remove stains, get rid of tarnish from your brass or copper wares, and remove rust from your grill. Lemon juice is also great for combatting germs as it creates an inhospitable environment for microorganisms to grow.
3. Get rid of fruit flies the natural way
Eradicating fruit flies and gnats will make your home a more cozy place to stay in. You won’t have to worry about dealing with pesky fruit flies by making all-natural solutions that will banish them from your kitchen for good:
1. Create a trap by pouring leftover red wine into a mason jar or similar container. The scent of the red wine will attract gnats and flies. You can also add dish ship to the red wine to trap the flies.
2. Mix apple cider vinegar with dish soap and store in a container. The vinegar works by attracting the fruit flies, while the dish soap is added to trap them within the solution.
3. Place rotten fruits in a jar to attract the flies and gnats, and cover the jar with a plastic wrap. Make sure to create a few tiny holes to trap the flies, and place the solution near the source of the gnats.
4. Use baking soda
Baking soda is non-toxic, and acts as an effective cleaning agent that can lift grease and dirt a for easy removal. You can use baking soda for cleaning steel, glass, chrome, enamel, and even plastic. It is a natural product so it safe to use around kids and pets.
Baking soda is also an effective deodorizer as it works to neutralize unpleasant odors to leave your home smelling fresh.
There you have it: 4 clean, natural ways to clean around the home, keeping your house nice and hygienic. By using these natural cleaning products you’ll also help save the environment from the harsh chemicals used in industrial cleaning products – everyone wins!
If you any tips of suggestions on how you use any of this products please share them with use in the comment section!
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