The trickiest part of cleaning is never sweeping, vacuuming or mopping. The most difficult and tiresome job is always trying to remove the stains. They are a stubborn, agitating bunch that, once they make a home on your carpet or couch, or even the wall, refuse to go unless you have brought out all the big toys, like the cleaning supplies and chemical solutions. However, it’s not always a good idea to use chemical solutions from the market, especially when you can just as easily make alternatives from your household items that are much more environment-friendly.
If you are in dilemma about what to do about the big, discolored red splash on your carpet, here are some tips on ways to scrub off stains and more with everyday household items.
1 . White Vinegar
Vinegar can get rid of most stains and white vinegar is capable of cleaning literally anything. And we don’t say that lightly. There isn’t a stain, dirt or grime that white vinegar can’t get rid of. It is quite simply the most important cleaning ingredient and should be your go to natural cleaner in most situations. Don’t forget to stock up on white vinegar, preferably a giant bottle of it.
To apply white vinegar, you can mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle before applying it on the stain. Rub it off with a microfibre clothing. When you are done, spray water on the area to rinse it before wiping it again with a clean towel.
The greater the concentration of vinegar to water, the better the result and ease of cleaning the stains is. It’s not just removing stains, it can do simple jobs like cleaning, disinfecting (in case of your rugs), and even getting rid of the nasty smells that follows after a place has been dirty for too long.
If you don’t like the smell of the vinegar, then don’t worry, the smell wears off as soon as it’s dry. In fact, it’s better than store bought chemicals, since the smell lingers for a longer time.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda, like vinegar, has a lot to offer beyond making your food tastier and making a cake soft and spongy. It not only makes your surrounding fresher, it can clean many things in your home. It’s an abrasive that is quite effective, despite being gentle enough to not seriously harm anyone. It also acts like a natural deodorizer, so a good smell is guaranteed all around. You can even clean something like your coffee machine with it. Instead of pouring coffee into the filter, try running a few tablespoons of baking soda in it. You will be amazed at dirt that filters out. You can even use it to unclog your sink. First pour about half cup of baking soda in the drain, and then follow it by pouring 1 cup of boiling water or white vinegar. And you have a clean drain!
3. Hydrogen Peroxide
The advantages of Hydrogen peroxide is akin to that of bleach. It is capable of killing bacteria, mold, and salmonella. It is also capable of providing countermeasures against bacteria, mold and mildew. So, not only does it completely clean the place you apply it on, but it stops any more dirt and grime from settling in. Compared to bleach, it is also nontoxic for all parties involved, be it human beings, plants or aquatic life.
This is another of the cleaners that can be used for pretty much everything. Whether you want to clean your mirror so perfectly that it reflects your face clearly or you want to clean the litter box of your cat, Hydrogen Peroxide can help you. Since hydrogen peroxide is capable of cleaning almost anything, that amount of cleaning products you are going to need while cleaning also decreases. You can even disinfect your sponge, mop, pads and other cleaning products with hydrogen peroxide. A cleaner that cleans cleaners!
Making hydrogen peroxide solution at home is quite easy. All you need to is mix 2 cups of water with 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide and a half cup of lemon juice. You can mix it depending on what you are most comfortable with.
4. Citrus Fruit
It is not a secret that citrus fruit are associated with natural polishers and mildew removers. In fact, if you are quick enough to remove a spill the moment it happens, you never need to worry about a stain forming. They also have the same advantages as bleach. Plus, it doesn’t matter whether you use lemon or grapefruit, both are sure to make your house smell a little more fresh and clean.
Lemon acts as an antioxidant and is environment-friendly as far as cleaners go. The citric acid ensures everything is shining and fresh after it has been applied. Pan, pots, baseboards, everything can do a with a little bit of lemon. It also helps dissolve the scum left behind by soaps and the deposits left from hard water. It can also make metals like brass and copper shine.
Are you surprised by this list? Who knew that everyday household items that you wouldn’t normally use for beyond cooking can be used for cleaning as well? Well, if you have professional cleaners working for you, they most certainly do. If not, it might be time to hire professional cleaners, ones who know a lot about green, eco-friendly household items that won’t harm the nature.
If you are looking for some advice, you can always come to us. At SwiftClean, the first thing we will assure you of is our environment-friendly products. The second thing we boast is having the best maids in Los Angeles area who care about the environment just as much as you. Contact us today to get your home cleaned by professionals who care about your home as much as you do.