Cleaning is definitely a tedious task that, unfortunately, has to be performed on a regular basis. However, things get even worse when you know that the majority of the cleaning products on the market are bad for your health. They contain toxic materials and besides that are known to emit noxious fumes that irritate the skin and the eyes. And not to mention the ever-growing price of these products. So, the conclusion basically is that one gives a lot of money for the risk of damaging his or her health and that of the others in the family. However, there is an easy solution to avoid this. The solution lays in the so-called ‘green cleaning’. This means that there are healthy alternatives to almost all cleaning detergents on the market and they are nothing more than everyday household products. Here is a small list, which will prove you that.
Baking soda is a natural substance. It has powerful ingredients, which neutralize acids and bases, too. Many housewives tend to us it as an abrasive cleaner anytime they have to get rid of nasty stains on the sink, counter top or even fine china. It is simply ideal for the cleaning of these. When mixed with water, one gets a detergent that is powerful enough to dissolve grease, which makes it perfect for cleaning fridges and stove tops. The baking soda’s cleaning force is strong enough to also get you rid of coffee stains. They can be easily removed by sprinkling them with baking soda and wiped down with a wet cloth.
Just like the baking soda, vinegar is a natural substance. Plus, it is also organic as well as biodegradable, which makes it environmentally friendly. It doesn’t contain any toxic ingredients and that is why you can be sure that it is safe enough to be used in the household on a daily basis. Vinegar needs no refrigeration as it is of acidic nature. That liquid agent could be used for many cleaning purposes. Floor tiles, microwaves and even windows can get sparkling if you use vinegar to clean them. It could even be applied on carpets in order to remove stains or to pour it down the drain twice a month to fight bacteria. Vinegar is also really powerful against mildew and mold.
It could be hard to believe it, but ordinary toothpaste can be used for a lot more purposes than just for cleaning your teeth. As a cleaning gel, it will get the job done quite well, as the paste will stick to the stain to remove it. What the toothpaste is best at is removing liquid stains from all wooden surfaces. You know, those circles which are usually caused by not using a coaster underneath a glass. Also, you can use toothpaste for polishing all kinds of shiny metal objects – from chrome to silver ones.
Lemons are of acidic nature, just like vinegar. And just like vinegar, they also make an effective cleaning agent. Lemon’s juice is ideal for scrubbing copper pots and pans. It can also be used in the form of an alternative to bleach, a natural one. And if you mix lemon juice with vinegar on a ratio of 1:1, you will get an even stronger cleaning product. It is to be poured in a spray bottle and always kept somewhere handy. One of the best quality the lemon juice has is its nice aroma. It makes the lemon juice perfect for cleaning microwaves and ovens, for it also fights the bad odor there.
A guest post by Finsbury Park Cleaning Solutions