When using cleaning products, many people assume what they are using is wholly safe to be around. That being said, more than half of cleaning products contain ingredients that could damage some part of the body, namely the lungs. To help make sure you can get used to using safer and more reliable home cleaning products, this guide should help you to find the best non-toxic cleaning solutions.
Cleaning your home should keep you safe, and with less than a tenth of all cleaning products telling you exactly what it is in the solution it’s vital to put safety first. The collection of toxic ingredients can be harmful to you, and it could cause you a lot of problems later down the line if you don’t adjust the kind of cleaning utensils and tools that you use to get the job done.
Avoiding products with the likes of glycol ethers, chlorine, butyl cellosolve, ethanolamine’s, formaldehyde, sodium sulfate and various other volatile organic compounds is a must for your health. Since these products tend to bypass the liver and kidney, too, most of these cleaning products can contribute to illness and poor health as they miss out the part of your body that directly deals with toxins, making the damage even worse!
Using Homemade Cleaning Products
Instead, we recommend that you save money on expensive cleaning products and start making your own. This allows you to get the same level of cleanliness, without any of the disheartening and toxic ingredients listed above. Just some of the most reliable homemade cleaning products that you could use create instead include:
- A general cleaner is one you’ll be used to using and might find it hard to work without. Instead, simply mix together ½ a cup of vinegar, a ¼ cup of baking soda and a ½ g of water and mix it all together. This is great for getting rid of everything from water stains to cleaning windows and mirrors with. In general, though, this solution could be used for most general cleaning issues.
- One of the most common reasons to use cleaning products is to get rid of mold, and you can do that yourself by mixing together one-part hydrogen peroxide (3% only) and two parts water. This will work well enough to clean up even the worst of mold; just spray it with the solution, come back in an hour and it should all come off without much trouble.
- Got a ghastly smell in the air? Then mix together a combination of some lemon juice with baking soda or vinegar can help to lift up most negative odors in the air. Vinegar is a great solution for killing of smells in general; from the smell in the oven to lingering smells of the food you cooked. Vinegar and soap water is usually enough to lift such horrible smells.
- To clean a carpet, we recommend that a bottle of vinegar mixed with water is usually enough to do the trick. Stains that have damaged the carpet for a while, though, usually need to be leafed with the help of a mixture of borax (around a ¼ cup) with some salt and vinegar. This turns into a thick past and when left on the carpet can sook up all the mess before being vacuumed up for a nice, quick solution.
- To lift up any kind of grease, we find that some corn starch can lift up most grease – especially if it has landed on a carpet. Give it half an hour and come back with the vacuum to scoop it all up.
- For washing dishes and things like chopping boards, we recommend that you create your own cleaning solution. Simply use full-strength vinegar to clean the product down with (vinegar battles bacteria well, making it a great disinfectant) and then get a half-lemon and rub the board down with the lemon to make sure it’s totally clean. Soak stains that won’t budge for 5-10 mins with lemon juice, then give it a go.
- Another good dishwasher is to combine together 2 tablespoons of vinegar into a cup of warm, soapy water.
- For general stains from cups and drinks, we recommend that you use a simple sponge and soak it in vinegar to wipe down the stained glass, mug or cup. If you need to clean down a kettle or similar appliance, a batch of water with some vinegar thrown in and then boiled can be enough to work with. Just make sure it’s cooled down first or you might get scolded!
- To help clean out products that are beginning to get a rancid smell, we recommend that you get some warm water with some baking soda and scrub, scrub, scrub!
- We heartily recommend that you clean out any kind of appliance like your garbage disposal with some orange peel throws in there; this will help to add a bit of zesty freshness and lift a lot of the garbage that gets stuck and begins to decay.
Of course, this only covers some parts of the house – what about appliances and other more specific areas that need a regular clean?
- For example, your furniture. To clean furniture like wooden tables, we recommend using a mix of lemon oil and some warm water and spray that on, wiping down with a microfiber cloth to get rid of any streaks or excess.
- Your walls may need cleaned down, too, if the kids decide to get creative and use the living room wall as a canvas. What you need to do here is get a damp sponge and dip it in some baking soda, then use a towel to wipe it down.
- For metals, you can use a whole host of different solutions. Gold, for example, will clean up with a mix of salt, vinegar and flour. Silver cleans with boiling water, a tablespoon of salt and some aluminum foil. Trust us, it works! Stainless steel cleans best with a large helping (3-4 tablespoons) of baking soda mixed with some water.
- To combat signs of architectural mold, get some white vinegar & some full-power lemon juice and mix it together and use that to help defeat the mold and mildew before it gets worse.
- Your oven needs to be cleaned and the best way to clean out an oven, we found, is to use a ½ cup of baking soda with 3 tablespoons of water with some vinegar added for good effect.
- Of course, what of the toilet? To clean a toilet, we recommend 2 parts Borax and 1-part lemon juice, mix that together and use that as your cleaner. This should pick up even the most horrifying of toilet stains and smells.
Overall, you might find that using this kind of system can be just what you need to try and lift some of those god-awful smells and tastes that linger around the home. You can usually find that a variety of these products, when combined together, can work as a natural cleaner for just about anything; vinegar and citrus-based oils tend to do the trick for most general-purpose cleaning.
Don’t accept that you need to keep using the store cleaning devices. With the ideas above, you can combat most household issues without having to resort to chemicals.