How to Clean the House Without Chemical Products

· November 21, 2014

It is believed that to keep the house clean, one must use store-bought products.  This is not only false but also harmful to our health.  Oftentimes, the chemicals used in disinfectants are highly dangerous to our family members as well as to the environment.  Learn about a few natural homemade options to keep your house sparkling clean and chemical-free.

Chemicals, Enemies of Health

The main problem with all the store-bought cleaning products is that they contain harmful ingredients to our health, as they are synthetic and petrochemical.  Breathing them in can be toxic and can produce allergic reactions.

There is a disease that is common among housewives and those who clean houses and offices that includes eczema on the fingers, hands, and arms, skin allergies, repiratory disorders, hypersensitivity, etc.  This is due to the excessive exposure to these products without using gloves or masks.

On the other hand, millions of tons of detergents end up in the rivers and seas of the plant, leaving a huge impact on the environment.  The “faster” the action of a disinfectant or cleaner, the more chemicals it contains, and the more toxic it is.  It is vital to be careful when using these household cleaners, and even more so if there are children or pets in the house.

Vinegar, The Main Ally

If you want to clean your house using homemade or natural methods, don’t forget to have some vinegar on hand.  It is the necessary ingredient for any environment and the result is marvelous.  It disinfectants, eliminates grease, removes stains, removes unpleasant odors, kills bacteria, eliminates rust, cleans coffee makers, and removes carpet stains.  Some ways to use vinegar around the house are:

  • Clean the whole refrigerator interior with vinegar, especially any areas that have rust.  Let sit for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.
  • Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar and 4 cups of water to clean glass, windows, and mirrors.  You can use newspaper to leave them even shinier.
  • Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 4 cups of water and 1 Tablespoon of baking soda.  With this mixture, you can clean any surface, whether it be the kitchen counter or the bathtub.IMG_4606
  • Pour a splash of white vinegar in the washing machine to eliminate clothing odors, remove detergent residue, and avoid static.  Add the vinegar in that last wash cycle, once the detergent or dry laundry soap have been rinsed out.
  • Rub a little vinegar in with a sponge to remove soap residue or stains from tile or the bathtub.
  • Pour a splash of vinegar in a bucket of water and put in any clothing that stinks of cigarette smoke.  Later, dry as usual.
  • Make a mixture of salt and vinegar.  Use to wash the coffee pot and later rinse with water.
  • To elimnate the smell of onion or garlic after cutting them, put vinegar on your hands and then rinse with water.
  • It also works well to wash glass jars if you want to reuse them to make preserves or jams.  Leave them to soak a few minutes, then add a little vinegar to the water.  Rinse.

Baking Soda and Other Allies

In addition to using vinegar to clean the house, baking soda is also very good.  It will help you not expose your family to as many chemicals found in commonly-used cleaning products.  It is very cheap and may be found in pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, etc.  Some uses of baking soda are:

  • Clean the bathtub and bathroom tiles, as it is a gentle abrasive, and does not scratch.  Sprinkle a little onto a wet sponge and rub the surfaces.  Rinse well and dry.  If you want to achieve a better cleaning, you can make a baking soda, salt, and water paste.natural-cleaners3
  • Use as a detergente for your silverware.  Fill the kitchen sink with the items to wash and cover with water.  Place two Tablespoons of baking soda and let sit.  It will be much easier to remove foods stuck to plates, pots, pans, etc.
  • It works to shine silver.  Make a paste of 3 parts baking soda and 1 part water.  Rub each piece with a dry rag.  Then rinse and dry.
  • Dust a little inside the oven.  Sprinkle with water to wet it and let sit overnight.  Scrub and remove with a sponge.
  • To clean the floor, use half a cup of baking soda per bucket of warm water.  Mop as usual and you will see how shiny it leaves the floors without marks or streaks.
  • Deoderize and at the same time clean the shower curtain.  Just sprinkle the baking soda directly onto the curtain and scrub with a brush.  Rinse and hang from the bar to let it dry.

This product is also very good to deoderize the air and objects, such as the refrigerator (leave a little open box in the upper part), cutting boards (dust with baking soda, let sit, and rinse), the garbage can (dust with baking soda, and leave some in the bottom), drains (half a cup of baking soda per drain, and then warm water), carpets (spread over the carpets, let sit overnight.  Sweep and vacuum), closets (same as the refrigerator), cars (place on the seats and floormats), slippers (as if it were baby powder, not forgetting to remove it before putting them on yoru feet), dirty clothing (especially smelly, sweaty, or damp clothing, and for that, put half a cup of baking soda in the washload.)natural-cleaners4

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