Keeping your home clean and sanitized can be challenging, especially if you have to deal with dizzying toxic cleaning chemicals. While the conventional household cleaners do the job of eliminating grease, stains, and harmful microbes, exposure to their noxious fumes will harm your health. They may also damage your precious furniture surfaces if used in excess.
The good news is your kitchen and garden may offer natural ingredients effective in cleaning and sanitizing your home. The best part? These natural cleaners are safer to use and less toxic than your usual bleach and acidic options. Now, all you need is a look in your pantry to see which ingredients you already have. Here is a list of natural cleaners you may already have in your kitchen, how to use them, and where to use them.
Vinegar has been used as a cleaning agent since the Middle Ages. Not only is it inexpensive and easy to get, but it is a non-toxic and non-abrasive disinfectant. Mix it with water and spritz it on wooden surfaces, tiles, brass, and on your stove. Keep a bottle of vinegar for all your cooking–and cleaning–needs. Vinegar is excellent for removing mildew, stubborn stains, streaks, and wax build-up. You can also use vinegar to get rid of foul odors or to clean your microwave after a messy recipe.
Vegetable or Olive Oil
Your vegetable and olive oils aren’t limited to salad dressings and healthy fried foods. Use a couple of drops to polish your wooden furniture pieces and floorboards. Homeowners with hardwood floors may use these organic oils to polish their floors if they run out of their conventional wood polish.
Like vinegar, baking soda has been used to clean and whiten stains for centuries. Baking soda is usually mixed with water to create a paste that you can use to clean water stains, lime scales, and mildew from bathroom fixtures. Mix it with vinegar to create an inexpensive carpet cleaner. This can also be a non-toxic alternative to your sink declogger. Just pour in some baking soda into your clogged drain, add some vinegar, and cover for a few minutes to let the mixture work its magic.
Lemon isn’t just good for flushing out toxins in your body; its acids are excellent for killing bacteria. Mix lemon juice with salt and baking soda and you’ll have a scrub that will clean off the grease from your cookware, brass cups, mugs, and pans. The lemon scrub also polishes the metal surface.
Besides being the primary flavoring agent, use salt to whiten yellow stains on the underarm parts of t-shirts. It can also be used to clean non-lacquered cabinet pulls and bathroom fixtures. Salt is also a handy tool if you want to clean your cast iron kitchen cookware without damaging them!
You might have a bottle of cheap vodka lying around in your cupboard. You may also have some bottles and jars you want to reuse. First things first, remove the labels on those bottles. And now that the holiday celebrations and parties are over, use your cheap vodka as an alternative to rubbing alcohol to clean the sticky grime off the containers you want to repurpose. You can also mix a half cup of vodka with six drops of dish soap to clean your stone, granite, or marble countertops.
Hydrogen peroxide isn’t just great for cleansing wounds, but it is also excellent for removing urine stains on your kids’ or pets’ beds. Use it to remove period stains on your clothes, bedsheets, or blankets as well.
A cornstarch paste is a cheaper alternative to glass window cleaning solutions, furniture polish, and stain removers for carpets and rugs. This kitchen staple can also help you iron your clothes and keep wrinkles at bay!
Keeping your home clean and sanitized doesn’t have to be costly and toxic. You can find these ingredients in your kitchen or medicine cabinet to help you clean your home without inhaling noxious fumes or spending on conventional house cleaners. You will also be doing the environment a favor by using natural homemade cleaners.