Cleaning your home can be a long and exhausting process, but it can also be harmful to your health if you’re not careful with the products you use. However, there’s no reason to use any harmful cleaning products when you can make your own cleaning solutions and keep your home not just clean but also safe for your health and stay on the path of green living.
If you’d like to know how, here are seven ways to safely clean your home:
1. Remove any rust
We all know how hard it can be to get rid of rust, especially when it appears in places like inside your tea kettle. Moreover, most commercial rust removers are toxic, so you don’t really want to use those on something that comes into contact with your food or drinks.
Therefore, to clean the rusty kettle, add a cup of lime juice and just fill the kettle with water. Let it sit like that overnight and then boil it for 10-15 min. For more reachable spots, make a paste of salt and lime juice and let it sit on the rusty spot for a few hours.
2. Clean your windows and mirrors
If you’re looking for a safe and effective way to clean your windows and mirrors that are somehow always stained with fingerprints and whatnot, all you need to do is fill an empty spray bottle with some white vinegar and water (half the bottle of each). Use a microfiber cloth for best results, and you’ll have shiny windows and mirrors in no time.
3. Clean the tiles
Your bathroom tiles are the perfect place for mold, which is not only ugly but also unhealthy. The best way to remove it is by mixing carbonated water with vinegar and spraying it on the grout. If that doesn’t do the trick, add some baking soda to the mix in order to make a thick paste and let it stay on the moldy areas for at least 10-15 minutes.
4. Clean the toilet
Nobody really likes cleaning the toilet, but it still has to be done. Baking soda is a real lifesaver here, as all you need to do is throw a cup of it into the toilet bowl and let it sit for about an hour. Then add a cup of white vinegar, let it all sit for a bit longer, and flush.
5. Let in some fresh air
Nothing says clean like a home that smells good. If the weather is nice, leave your windows open to let in as much fresh air as you can. When that’s not an option, you can always get a couple of air fresheners and scented candles, so the air doesn’t get stale. Moreover, consider getting a quality air purifier for mold in order to protect your health by ridding the air of any potential mold.
6. Get rid of odors
There are many uses of lemons, and one of them is to help you get rid of unpleasant smells. Regardless of what you’ve been cooking, make some lemon juice, put it in an empty spray bottle and you’ll have your own all-natural air freshening spray. It’s much healthier and gets the job done better than many other commercial products.
7. Make use of old rags
Instead of using disposable paper towels try this:
- Make use of your old towels and kitchen rags. Just cut them up into more appropriate sizes, and you’ll get a dozen of free and perfectly fine cleaning rags.
- Similarly, instead of throwing away your mismatched socks, you can always use them for cleaning dust around your home. This works even better with athletic and winter socks that are turned inside-out, as they are usually textured and softer inside.
It’s better for the planet, and it saves you money, so there’s no need to buy something you can make on your own.
There are many safe and efficient ways to clean your home, so before you buy commercial products, check whether you can make your own cleaning solutions with basic ingredients. Most of the home-made ones are even more effective, so with a bit more time and effort, your home will be both clean and eco-friendly.
Author Bio: Catherine is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time. Follow on — Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100018999578591