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Natural Cleaners for Your Home

Updated on November 11, 2012
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Natural Cleaners For Your Home

Cleaners today are full of chemicals that can poison someone who does not know how to use them correctly. They can also poison children who get into them accidentally. They can be dangerous even if they are used in the correct manner. Natural cleaners are much safer, and usually they are cheaper, as well. Here are some natural cleaners you can use that will not empty your bank account.

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a milk alkali the can be used several ways. But, do not confuse this substance with washing soda. They are two very different compounds. Baking soda is a mild abrasive and can be used as a scrubbing agent. It can also be used to deodorize many kitchen and bath areas.

The juice from lemons, limes, and grapefruit can be used as antibacterials. They are very acidic and will also bring a lovely scent to any cleaning chore. These can be used fresh or from concentrate.

Another abrasive substance that can be used to scrub away dirt and stains is Borax, or sodium bromate. It is a mildly alkaline and water-soluable salt. Like baking soda, it will also remove odors.

To clean wood carnauba and olive oils are an excellent choice. They will not only clean the wood, but also recondition and polish. Add some beeswax and you have a paste for waxing and shining.

Lanolin is a natural oil that is extracted from wool. It is great for restoring natural sheen to surfaces. It will also add a water repellent agent when added to wool-washing soaps.

A very mild abrasive that can be used for scrubbing more delicate areas is clay powder. It will absorb essential oils and make them easier to disperse. This mixture can be added to other powdered cleaning formulas for added fragrance and odor removal.

If you have a big job, pumice is the natural cleaner to use. It is a finely ground volcanic rock and has tough abrasive action. Do not use this on anything that is easily scratched, though.

There are many dangerous chemicals that are included in commercial cleaning products. Many of them are familiar, such as ammonia, bleach, ethanol, formaldehyde, lye, and sulfuric acid. These chemicals are known to cause harm to both humans and animals. So, why would anyone want to have them in their homes when there are natural alternatives that are just as useful? Hopefully, these tips will help you replace many, if not all, of the dangerous chemicals you are keeping around the house.


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  • Myfanwy profile image

    Myfanwy 6 years ago from Tennessee, USA

    Thank you, Dallaswriter. :)

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    dallaswriter 6 years ago from North Carolina

    I appreciate so much these natual alternatives to harsh chemicals. WOnderful Hub and very useful...