Avoiding potentially toxic cleaning products is a smart move. Many common household products contain harsh chemicals that are bad for you, and bad for the environment. One way to cut down on the amount of chemicals in your home is to hire a green carpet cleaning service. But what do you do about everyday cleaning once the cleaning service has done their work? Don't worry. There are many alternatives to caustic household cleaners, and the ingredients are already on your pantry shelf. Check out our list of the top 5 homemade natural cleaners made from everyday ingredients:
White vinegar is great for dissolving grease and built up dirt on kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Vinegar's acidic nature makes it a powerful tool against hard water stains and soap scum. It also makes a surprisingly effective antibacterial cleaner. Add one cup of vinegar to a bucket of water and and use the diluted mixture to clean hard surfaces. It does a great job of cleaning everything from glass to counters, floors, and even toilets.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a popular way to deodorize refrigerators and freezers. It's also useful for keeping cat box odors under control. But baking soda also has mildly abrasive qualities that work better than commercial powdered cleaning products. For stubborn stains on hard surfaces, add a pinch of salt to the baking power to increase the mixture’s ability to scrub things until they really shine.
3. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is prized for its ability to provide a clean, fresh scent to everything from air fresheners to surface cleaners. It can do much more than just add a pleasant scent to your cleaning chores. Lemon juice is also an effective cleaner in its own right. Lemon juice also has the power to kill mold. Since mold can cause serious allergic reactions, using lemon juice as a cleaner does more than just clean. It improves indoor air quality naturally. Like vinegar, it also is very good at cutting grease.
4. Olive Oil
Olive oil is a tasty, healthy ingredient used in many kinds of cooking. Not many people know how useful it can be for cleaning tasks as well. A mixture of a half cup of lemon juice blended with one cup of olive oil makes an easy to us, fresh-scented solution for polishing wood floors and furniture. The mixture has the added benefit of moisturizing the wood as it cleans. Use a soft cloth to work the solution into the wood to give the wood a shine and a fresh scent.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide mixed with water is terrific at removing many types of stains. It can even be used as a spot cleaner on laundry during pre-wash preparations. Always handle hydrogen peroxide carefully, however, because it can be dangerous if it's overheated.
Why Choose Natural Cleaners?
Natural cleaners are growing in popularity, but not everyone knows how safe and effective they can be. Non toxic cleaning solutions have to compete with years of product advertising for harsh chemical cleaners that claim to be more effective at removing stains and bacteria than an organic cleaning solution. But there are many good reasons to avoid standard chemical cleaners. They contain harsh ingredients that can irritate sensitive skin or respiratory systems. Natural cleaners are kinder to people with chemical sensitivities than commercial cleaners. Not only do natural cleaners work more effectively and more safely, you'll be amazed at how inexpensive they are when compared to chemical cleaners.
Living Green Everyday
Making non-toxic cleaning solutions is easy and fun. Use these simple recipes to make inexpensive, natural cleaners that are as safe as they are effective. While regular spot cleaning with natural cleaners is important, you'll get the best results if you also schedule regular appointments for low-moisture carpet cleaning using non-toxic products from Naturally Green Cleaning.