Clean your House with Natural Cleaning Products
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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!