5 Chemical-Free Solutions for Cleaning Your House

· December 28, 2018
Using natural products for cleaning your house is not only effective, it can also be better for your family's health and cheaper than using chemicals.

Cleaning your house with natural products can be very effective. It’s also less harmful for your family’s health than chemical products, you’ll be helping protect the environment, and you’ll save money.

In recent years, using organic cleaning supplies has become much more popular, which has replaced those sold in stores that are loaded with aggressive chemicals.

But it’s not just a passing fad. Using natural ingredients has become one of the most convenient alternatives both for health as well as for caring for the environment.

Although companies that manufacture these types of products deny that they are harmful, more and more studies are proving the connection they have to a greater risk of various types of diseases.

They are also one of the primary factors in environmental pollution, as their residues have created irreversible damage to nature.

Fortunately there are several homemade solutions that are low-cost and which can be used as a substitute for chemicals when cleaning.

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Today we would like to share 5 excellent natural solutions that you’ll surely find useful when cleaning your house.

1. Floors and counter tops

Wear gloves when cleaning your house.

Floors and kitchen counter tops generally accumulate filth and large amounts of bacteria, which could be harmful.

To disinfect these areas, you’ll need to combine the anti-bacterial properties of ingredients like baking soda and vinegar, along with other products which will also help to whiten stains.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. white vinegar (125 mL)
  • 1/2 c. water (125 mL)
  • 2 Tbsp. baking soda (20 grams)
  • 1 tsp. pine essential oil (5 mL)

Directions

  • Add all ingredients in a clean bowl and stir completely.
  • Once ready, spray on surfaces that you would like to clean, and scrub with a cloth, sponge or brush.

2. Bathroom and shower tiles

Shower and bathroom tiles accumulate mildew and filth from being exposed to a moist environment, which promotes the growth of mold.

One easy way of disinfecting this area and leaving it as good as new is to dilute a bit of baking sodium with hydrogen peroxide.  Try it!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c. hydrogen peroxide (62 mL)
  • 1/2 c. baking soda (125 grams)
  • 1 Tbsp. liquid soap

Directions

  • Pour the baking soda into the hydrogen peroxide and add the liquid soap.
  • Once well combined, use however much you need and use a sponge to scrub the surfaces you would like to clean.
  • If it’s pretty firmly stuck, apply the product and allow to set for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse with plenty of water and the difference will be clear!

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3. Cleaning your house: windows

Cleaning your house can be easy with a spray bottle.

Glass cleaners contain chemicals that could cause allergic reactions. Scrubbing windows with a bit of water and newspaper is one simple way to substitute these glass cleaners.

If this doesn’t work because the window is too dirty, you could also try the following recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 glass water (100 mL)
  • 1 spray bottle

Directions

  • Pour the baking soda into the half glass of water and then pour into the spray bottle.
  • Spray the liquid onto the glass, then rub off with a smooth cloth or a dry piece of newspaper.

4. Silverware

There are lots of different alternatives for removing grime and excess food from silverware.  In this case, we recommend using lemon, which is one of the best ingredients for disinfecting, whitening, and cutting through grease.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp.hard, biodegradable soap (30 grams)
  • 3 liters of water
  • 1/2 c. white vinegar (125 mL)
  • 1 lemon

Directions

  • Grate off 3 tablespoons of soap and dissolve it in the 3 liters of water.
  • Add the half cup of white vinegar, along with the lemon juice.
  • Mix all ingredients well and use to wash plates, pots and other kitchenware.

5. Refrigerator

Cleaning your house with a sponge.

In order to prevent cross-contamination and bad odors within the fridge, you’ll need to do an occasional deep cleaning.

For disinfecting and removing stuck-on food particles, all you have to do is take advantage of some great qualities that baking soda has to offer.

Ingredients

Directions

  • Dissolve the two tablespoons of baking soda into the half cup of water and use to clean both the interior and exterior of the fridge.
  • Allow to set for 10 minutes, then scrub with a damp cloth.
  • If you want to prevent bad odors, feel free to leave a bit of coffee grounds or lemon slices in the fridge.

All of these alternatives for cleaning your house are very healthy, they’re inexpensive, and they end up being great for keeping your house clean.

Do you know of even more organic tricks for cleaning your house?  If so, we invite you to share them here.

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