The average home plays host to more than 300 industrial chemicals found in cosmetics, toiletries, and household cleaning products. What’s more, there’s growing concern that these chemicals might not be as harmless as manufacturers would like you to believe. Currently, there is a lack of thorough investigation to prove their safety, meaning that consumers buy these products at their own risk.
As a general rule of thumb, the cleaning products you use shouldn’t be more dangerous than the things that you’re trying to clean. Splatters of food and dust on the floor might not be pleasant, but they’re probably a lot less harsh on your skin than some of the phthalates and surfactants in your average cleaning product.
The good news is that you can eliminate many of the harsh cleaning chemicals that you use in your home and replace them with natural, harmless alternatives. Take a look at the following ideas:
Use Natural Oven Cleaners
The oven is one of the places in your home where you really do need a genuinely powerful surface cleaner to eliminate all of the dirt and grime. But there is a problem: most oven cleaners contain a bunch of harsh chemicals neither you nor your children should be breathing in.
Fortunately, there are a variety of companies out there making less harsh, more natural oven cleaners. One of these is Shaklee’s Scour Off, which performs better than many of the homemade formulations you may have tried in the past.
De-Scale Your Kettle With Vinegar
Do you live in a hard water area? If so, then you’re probably used to small flakes of limescale building up in your kettle, clogging up the filter.
The easiest and most natural way to de-scale your kettle is to add some vinegar and water, then set it to boil. The vinegar will dissolve the limescale as it heats up. Once boiled, pour the contents down the sink.
Clean Your Sink With Vinegar, Olive Oil, And Baking Soda
There’s no need to use harsh chemicals in the sink. Occasionally our professional maid service will use a combination of baking soda, olive oil, and vinegar to remove stains and bad smells.
Mop Your Floors With Vinegar
Many people worry about mopping their floors with vinegar because of the smell. Fortunately, that distinctive aroma disappears once the water evaporates.
To make a natural floor cleaner, add a splash of vinegar to warm water in a bucket, along with a drop of essential oils. Then mop the floor as you would usually. You’ll find that the combination of vinegar and mopping action helps to lift stains and leave your tiles looking sparkling.
Make A Natural All-Purpose Cleaner
The good news is that while ovens and kettles are exceptions, you can clean most things in your house with a splash of non-toxic dish soap and some hot water. What’s more, it’s super simple to make. Just add some warm water to a bucket and a drop of your favorite brand of soap, and you’re good to go. If you’re uncomfortable with using soap, a couple of glugs of white spirit vinegar should be just as effective.
Clean Sealed Wood With An Olive Oil And Vinegar Solution
To clean wood without harsh chemicals, mix a small amount of olive oil into vinegar and then dab with a clean cloth.
Remember that the wood needs to be sealed first before applying cleaner. If the veneer is broken, chipped, or cracked, you’ll need to reseal it before applying any solution.
Clean Your Upholstery With Baking Soda
While smothering your expensive upholstery with baking soda might sound like a bad idea, it’s actually an effective method of cleaning fabric.
First, grab some baking soda and put it in a cheese shaker (or something similar with holes in it). Then sprinkle over the fabric you want to clean and leave for an hour or so. The baking soda should draw out the stains and impurities in the material naturally. Then vacuum up the mess with a powerful handheld, and your sofas and mattresses should look and feel a lot fresher.
Eliminate Smelly Drains With Baking Soda
Drain cleaning products often contain the harshest chemicals of all, so they’re best used only as a last resort. If you’ve got a problem with a smelly drain, try sprinkling some baking soda down the plughole followed by warm vinegar. The cleaning action of the baking soda and antibacterial vinegar should deliver a one-two punch to anything down there creating a smell.