How To Clean House Without Chemicals
Clean with simple, safe products you already have in your home!
You don't have to use harsh chemicals to clean your home effectively. You'd be surprised at the power of the simple products you already have around your home that can double as cleansers.
Items such as salt, vinegar,and baking soda, are literally 'safe enough to eat', (although I admit, none of them are very tasty eaten alone). Try some of these cleaning tips with safer, household products, and you won't have to worry as much about kids or pets getting into your cleaning supplies either.
Soap is Soap!
Did you know that regular soaps and shampoos will work as well as specially marked cleansers for most things? It's true!
This is especially handy in the bathroom, where a quick wipe-down with a soapy cloth will retard mildew and keep everything smelling fresh. All it takes is an old washcloth and a bit of leftover shampoo or soap. This is a great use for the shampoo you thought smelled great in the store, but found out that didn't work well on your hair when you got it home.
Don't waste money on chemical-laden products when the milder products that clean you can be cleaning your house, too!
Cleaning with Salt
Salt is a safe, cheap and effective cleaner. Regular table salt is a natural cleaner and has tons of uses. It's easy to find, inexpensive to buy, and it's literally 'safe enough to eat'!
Your regular brand of table salt from your local supermarket will clean perfectly well, regardless of whether you use the iodized kind or not.
Here are some ways to clean with salt:
- Clean metals ~ Mix salt with lemon or lime juice, and it will clean brass and pewter. Just sprinkle the salt into an empty squeezed-out lemon half and then rub down the metal. Rinse thoroughly after-wards, and buff the surface to a shine with a soft cloth.
- Use salt instead of dish-washing soap ~ Just sprinkle salt into the water and wash as usual. Rinse the dishes well. Remember than because salt can be drying to your skin, you may want to wear gloves or use a good lotion after washing dishes with it.
- Clean off burned-on food ~ Add 3 or 4 tablespoons of salt to burned pans as soon as the damage occurs. It will mask them *much* easier to clean.
- Clean cast iron pans ~ Just sprinkle some salt in your cast iron cookware, and then wipe clean. If you haven't burned on any food, you can actually do this instead of washing it in water. It will help protect the surface and it will make your cast iron cookware more like a non-stick pan. (But don't wash your real non-stick pans with salt, because it can damage the finish.)
- Mosquito bites ~ Salt takes away the itchiness! Just wet the the bite and rub some salt in the area. (I know, this one isn't about cleaning; but I really hate to itch!)
- De-stain glass ~ Ice and salt, used together, will rinse away stains in glass container. This is especially useful for coffee carafes.
- Break down suds and grease ~ If you end up with too much suds in the sink, sprinkle a bit of salt to break down some of the bubbles. (You'll still be able to use the soapy water as usual.) After you've finished the dishes, clean away remaining grease out of the sink by rubbing it with salt on a wet sponge.
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Cleaning with Vinegar
Here are some ways to clean with vinegar:
- Kill Bathroom Germs ~ Load a spray-bottle with fill-strength white distilled vinegar, then wipe clean with a damp clothl.
- De-Yuck Sponges and Dishrags ~ Place your icky sponges and dishrags in just enough water to cover them. Then, add 1/4 cup of vinegar, and let then soak overnight.
- Remove Paint Splatters ~ Get those pesky paint splatters off of your windows by wiping them with a paint brush soaked in vinegar.
- De-Germ Doorknobs ~ Doorknobs are some of the most germ-covered places in your house! Make them, less gross by applying full-strength vinegar to them with a spray-bottle, and then letting them air dry.
- Clean Grill ~ Spray white distilled vinegar over a ball of crumpled-up aluminum foil and use it to scrub the cooked-on charred bits away.
- Sanitize Baby Books ~ Vinyl baby books and board books that your kids have chewed on will be fresh and germ-free again after a wipe-down with white distilled vinegar. (Just be sure to wipe away the bitter taste with a water-dampened cloth or sponge before your baby puts them back in his or her mouth!)
- De-Lime Shower-head ~ Fill a plastic bag with about a third of a cup of white distilled vinegar, and and tie it over your shower-head, (so that the shwoer-head is soaking in the vinegar). Leave it there for at least two or three hour. It will break up the lime deposits and unclog the sprayer holes so you'll get a better shower.
- Deodorize Garbage Disposal ~ Put full-strength white distilled vinegar into a few holes of an ice cube tray and freeze. Run several cubes down the disposal while flushing with cold water. (Caution: Don't mix up vinegar cubes with regular ice cubes and put them in your drink!)
- Cut Fridge-top Grime ~ You know that icky layer of grime that accumulate on top of your refrigerator? You can wipe it away with a paper towel soaked in vinegar!
Cleaning with Baking Soda
Here are some ways to clean with baking soda:
- Clean Stuffed Animal ~ Those hard to wash bundles of love will perk right up if you dust them with baking soda, let them sit for 15 minutes, and then dust them off.
- Fluff and Freshen Laundry ~ Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle of your washer to make your sheets and towels extra fluffy and fresh-smelling.
- Garage Stains ~ Get rid of that oil stain that the car made on the garage floor by dumping baking soda directly and scrubbing with a stiff brush.
- Clean Dentures and Retainers ~ Soak your dentures or orthodontic retainers in a solution of warm water with 2 teaspoons of baking soda to disinfect and deodorize them.
- Clean Tile Floors~ Add 1/4 cup of baking soda to a bucket of warm water and mop, them rinse, for shiny tile floors.
- Deodorize Your Dog ~ Yes, you can even use baking soda on your dog! Just sprinkle your pup's fur, and then brush it through.
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