The vast majority of household cleaning items contain industrial chemicals, some of which are highly dangerous to our health. Not only are these chemical cleaning products pricey and pose health risks, are they also really bad for the environment. Long-term use of certain chemical cleaners could damage the sensitive surfaces of the house as well. Therefore, for all these reasons alone, it’s much safer to use eco-friendly, natural and biodegradable methods to clean your house. Here are several ways you can clean your house without using harsh chemicals:
Use Lemons to Disinfect
Have deep spring cleaning to do in areas most likely to get dirty like the kitchen and the bathroom? Instead of using bleach, consider using lemons. The lovely citrusy food is filled with an antiseptic acid that is good for our bodies and also can be used effectively for cleaning. You can combine lemons with salt or baking powder to remove rust stains, soap stains, and add sheen to shiny surface areas like bathroom tile or aluminium pots and pans. Lemon juice plus baking soda is great for cleaning stains off plastic containers. Lemon juice is relatively inexpensive to purchase as well.
In case you need to give your home a thorough clean between seasons and can’t manage without your regular cleaners, consider calling an eco-friendly cleaning service like Uber Clean House. The cleaners only use environmentally safe material. And yet, the results look just like after using harsh chemicals (minus the damage of course). You can use a cleaning service like this before or after the holiday seasons to handle the tough jobs.
Baking Soda Can Substitute for Bleach
Baking soda is like a base version of highly acidic bleach. Combine baking soda with some water, lemon, salt, or vinegar to create a highly potent cleaning solution. Baking soda has a gently abrasive quality that is perfect for removing dirt or rust stains. It’s a great natural cleaner for the kitchen or the bathroom. Baking soda effectively eliminates grease and oily stains. Make a paste with baking soda and water to clean that nightmarish bottom of the oven you haven’t touched in a year. The rust and burnt material would just peel off after rubbing the paste in for a bit. Baking soda also doesn’t leave a strong smell.
White Vinegar is a Great Disinfectant
Most people use artificial chemical-based cleaners for the disinfecting quality. There are certain natural substances that can do the same, mainly white vinegar. You can use white vinegar in laundry to remove lint, odours, and disinfect. Instead of pouring cleaning liquid or bleach down the toilet bowl, use white vinegar and some baking soda to remove stains and disinfect. It works well against deep-set stains as well. A white vinegar and a sponge will be all you need to remove those yellowish stains off ceramic tiles.
White vinegar is a weak form of acetic acid, so the cleaning options are endless. You can dilute it with water to use as a deodorizer on upholstery or curtains. You can clean windows with it too. Put white vinegar in the dishwasher instead of cleaning detergent from now on.
In addition to the above, you can also seek out biodegradable cleaning solutions. These are not widely available, but organic stores may have cleaning products made out of synthetic chemicals that are highly biodegradable.