Many people are trying to lead a greener lifestyle using less chemicals and products that could be harmful to health. This also includes cleaning products for your home and in this article we will discuss what you can use for certain cleaning jobs and the results you can expect. Say goodbye to harsh chemical fumes, abrasive cleaners and powerful man-made smells with our green spring cleaning guide.
Vinegar – Nature’s Best Cleaning Product
Highly acidic but harmless vinegar is something we all have in our stock cupboard. We use it in cooking with no ill effects but did you know how powerful vinegar is as a natural cleaner? You can use vinegar as a cleaning product throughout your home, it is especially useful in the bathroom where it will remove any limescale build up and soap scum without damaging your fittings. Vinegar is also useful at keeping mold and mildew away and is also a fantastic product to get any glass clean and streak free. You should dilute vinegar 1:1 with water before use but can safely put neat vinegar into your toilet bowl to remove stains, distilled white vinegar is said to be the best for cleaning.
Baking Soda – Old Fashioned but Making a Comeback
Baking soda is a product that many of our ancestors would use to help keep their homes clean. It is naturally quite abrasive and therefore ideal for scrubbing stubborn dirt from your surfaces. Baking soda is also a natural deodorizer and great at removing any unwanted aromas, sprinkle lightly onto carpets before vacuuming for a fresher smelling home. You can combine baking soda and vinegar for extra cleaning power. Baking soda and vinegar can also be used to remove small blockages from your toilet.
Lemon Juice – Whiten your Clothes Naturally
Lemon juice has a natural bleaching effect and can be used to remove stains from your clothes effectively. However a test patch should always be done prior to ascertain that you will get the desired results. Another acid, lemon juice can also be used to remove soap scum and hard water deposits, it cleans bathroom and kitchen surfaces and can be used for cleaning brass and copper items.
Soap nuts grow on trees, the trees are called Sapindus and are a part of the lychee family. Used for thousands of years for washing the soap nut is making a comeback as a green and natural alternative to chemical products. Soap nuts can be used in a variety of ways and provide a great starter to making your own cleaning products. Boil the soap nuts to make a cleaning liquid or use them in your washing machine in place of laundry detergent for clean, fresh smelling clothes. Soap nuts can be made into shampoo, household cleaners, incorporated into natural fly sprays and similar.
Castile soap is made without any animal fats and is a gentle cleaner that can even be used to bathe your pets. As a gentle soap it can also be mixed with many of the substances previously mentioned to get your home clean quickly and without any side effects. Castile soap is effective and should not irritate your skin.
Many of the essential oils we have today can be used to help keep our homes smelling fresh and looking good. On their own they may not function as cleaning products too well with the exception of citrus oils, but mixed with any of the natural cleaners that we have already mentioned they become a useful addition to your green spring cleaning programme.
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