Clean your House with Natural Cleaning Products

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Chemical Free Cleaners

It is important that we keep a clean home and environment. Bacteria and viruses which live on our surfaces can cause illness, and dust can make us chesty.

It’s not always easy to keep on top of the housework, but keeping things tidy and clean relieves the stress of clutter.

Choosing the Right Products

In the past I have been guilty of bleaching every surface in sight and sterilizing all that I touch. This was certainly the case when my son was a baby.

When we had colds and flu I would spray Dettol everywhere and immerse myself in alcohol hand gel, to kill off the virus.

Although I thought I was doing the right thing, there must have been millions of chemicals floating around.

All of which would be absorbed into our skin and not doing any good for us or the environment.

Dangerous Chemicals

The chemicals in cleaning products are toxic. They can corrode skin, be harmful if swallowed and mixing chlorine bleach with other chemicals (such as ammonia) can release toxic gases. These are dangerous for our health and for the environment.

What is the Alternative?

We can actually clean our homes (and in some cases ourselves) using ingredients found in our kitchen cupboards.

There are natural ways to clean off dirt, polish up brass, deodorise the air and kill germs.

Most of what we can use may be sitting in the store cupboard for another purpose. But we can mix safer solutions and fight the grime!

Natural ways to Clean

If you want to wipe down you kitchen worktops or mop the floor, try these ideas.

Use vinegar and water to clean glass
Use vinegar and water to clean glass

Vinegar

Mix equal parts of plain water to vinegar and you can clean almost anything.

Use it on surfaces, floors and to bring up a streak free shine to windows. Even use it on your car windscreen

Use this solution in the bathroom to bring up shine on your taps and shower heads. Use neat down the toilet to disinfect.

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To lift limescale from your kettle, add half vinegar, half water and boil. Empty then repeat.

Grapefruits and Lemons

These citrus fruits have bacteria eating enzymes which are great for killing germs.

Use natural lemon juice and mix it with a few drops of vinegar for a lemon fresh scent. Clean work surfaces around the home.

Grapefruits can be great for our skin and the atmosphere.

Cut a grapefruit in half and squeeze the juice in a bowl of hot water. It is safe for your child’s room, your bedroom and the play room. Kill germs on door handles, telephones, plastic toys and table mats.

You can also add a small amount of vinegar if you wish.

clean with items from your kitchen cupboard
clean with items from your kitchen cupboard
clean cooker tops with baking powder
clean cooker tops with baking powder

Bicarbonate of Soda

The reason why bicarbonate of soda and baking powder are used in toothpaste is down to them being great stain removers. They can be used to remove stains from other things too.

Use a spoonful of powder and mix to a paste with water to clean out tea stained cups and mugs.

It will clean up ovens and grill pans, polish up stainless steel and remove odours from fridges and dishwashers.

Soak stained clothes in water with a few tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda. Then run them through the washing machine.

Use half baking powder to vinegar and put down your smelly kitchen sink or outdoor drain. Flush with boiling water to remove the smells.

another use for cola!
another use for cola!

Cola

Cola may taste good but it is also great for cleaning!

The phosphoric acid is the active ingredient to remove stains.

Use neat down the toilet and leave for an hour. Clean with a toilet brush and flush to get rid of stains.

Cola can also clean grease and oil. Use it to clean up your pushbike or kids scooter by dipping a scouring pad or aluminium foil in cola.

Soak your greasy overalls in cola before washing in the washing machine.

White Wine

Okay, only use this if you really, really have to!

White wine can be good for removing red wine stains.

If you accidentally spill red wine on your clothes, dab off the excess and put a small amount of white wine on a cloth.

Dab onto the stain to helpfully remove the red wine mark.

Use a little baking powder if the stain is stubborn and wash the item of clothing as normal.

Will you switch from chemical cleaners to natural products?

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Salt

Table salt is great for neutralizing carpet odours and cleaning all around.

Salt can be mixed with vinegar or lemon juice to make a solution. This is great for polishing stainless steel, door knobs and brass.

Use the mixture to clean your kitchen utensils, cooker top, fridge and bathroom.

By using two or three of these products can save you money and effectively help with your household chores.

Use empty spray bottles to make up a vinegar and water spray which is ready to use. Always label clearly, and don’t mix with chemicals cleaners.

Try an alternative way to clean!

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Comments 17 comments

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suzettenaples 4 years ago from Taos, NM

Great tips for cleaning with other products other than what is bought at the store. I use some of these, but some I didn't know about before reading your article. Very interesting and informative. Voted up and shared!


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Thanks suzettenaples! My sister in law cleans using grapefruit as she hates the chemicals around her children. It really works well.


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watergeek 4 years ago

I use baking soda (bicarbonate) for almost everything, including my hair and clothes as a softener. For coffee stains in the sink, baking soda doesn't work, so I use lemon. There were really bad stains in both sinks when I first moved here, but now you can hardly see any at all. Whenever I use a lemon slice for tea, I squish the remainder onto a stain in the sink and leave it overnight.


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

I guess it's just trial and error. If one thing doesn't work, try something else. Baking soda brings a nice shine to my cooker tops - although I've never used it on my hair. Must try that one.

I always have a bottle of vinegar and water to clean with, but lemon smells so much nicer.

Thanks for commenting watergeek :D


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rfmoran 4 years ago from Long Island, New York

We get lazy and just grab a product whose marketing has worked on us. Voted up and useful. Vinegar is an amazing product. We clean our ceramic floors with it. The smell dissipates quickly.


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Hi rfmoran - it can be quite easy to buy products to clean with, but if there's a bottle of vinegar and water in a spray bottle, I'll grab that.

The smell doesn't last which is good. Vinegar is great for loads of things! Thanks for the vote!


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

I've been cleaning with most of this natural stuff, but never tried using grapefruits and Cola! Thanks for these eco-friendly tips, Emma. Rated up and useful :)


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Thanks Om. Yep, cola and grapefruit actually clean stuff! You can also make a nice grapefruit body scrub too :)


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

I am going to try the cola trick on our toilets soon - I can't get the stains out with traditional cleaners, so maybe the phosphoric acid in soda will do the trick! Great tips, Emma!


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Give it a try leahlefler and see if it helps. It worked wonders on our toilet!


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

This is a great article Emma...so good to use inexpensive home made natural cleaning products if possible...Up, useful & shared...


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Hi carter06 - it's so nice to avoid using lots of nasty chemicals around the home. Thanks for the votes and share!


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Enjoyed your suggestions here. I use vinegar but never thought to put some lemon juice in it...GOing to do that today. Voted UP.


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Hi carol7777 - thank you so much for voting up. I hope this was useful to you!


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kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

I love the smell of vinegar cleaning. Voting up.


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK Author

Thanks kikalina. I always clean with vinegar. If you don't like the smell it soon disappears.


Cheryl 3 years ago

I agree with all the solutions you have provided, but I doubt the cola thing will work. I think people go a little over the top when it comes to its mystical side effects, bla bla. Can't deny that vinegar is one of my favourite natural cleaning alternatives. I sometimes hire home cleaners that clean with the products I provide. They are not troubled with using my homemade vinegar and dishwashing liquid solutions. My house cleaners are at: http://www.cleaninghouselondon.co.uk/ .

Best regards,

Cheryl Parker

London

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