Finding natural cleaning products for your home is easier than you think. You can either choose to buy eco-friendly products from supermarkets and stores, or you can use some simple everyday items to make your own. Keep reading for a list of some of the best items you can use to clean your home without harming the environment.
In a similar way to commercial, non-abrasive cleaners, baking soda can be used to scrub surfaces clean of dirt and grime. It’s also a great natural deodoriser, and can be placed anywhere that needs to smell a bit fresher. One top tip is to place it in a box in your refrigerator – it absorbs odours from food, and can even help food items to have a longer shelf life. It can also be placed in the washing machine when doing the laundry as it helps to clean clothes and freshen them up at the same time.
Lemon juice is a miracle ingredient that can be used in many cleaning situations throughout the home. Ideal for shining copper and brass, it can also be used to help dissolve the dirt that builds up from hard water. Because of its natural bleaching properties, lemon juice is the ideal ingredient for treating stains, especially those that appear in the kitchen and bathroom. By combining it with baking soda and vinegar, you can create a cleaning paste that can be used when doing the dishes, and when trying to remove hard to shift stains. Finally, lemon juice can also be combined with olive oil and used as a furniture polish on hardwood furniture. It’s not only good for the environment – it’s cheaper too!
Vinegar is actually very similar to an all purpose cleaner, and by mixing a combination of water and vinegar, you will have a spray that can be used in all areas of your home. As well as being a great cleaning product, vinegar is also a fantastic deodoriser and disinfectant – and it won’t make your home smell either as the smell disappears when it dries. Be aware, however, that whilst vinegar is a great cleaning product, it is acidic, so it’s best to test a sample on a specific surface if you think there may be an issue. That said, the acidity levels in vinegar make it perfect for grouting, and for removing scum stains.
If you’re looking for a natural cleaner that can clean brass and copper cookware, ketchup is the ideal solution. Simply squeeze some ketchup onto a cloth and then rub your brass and copper items. Rinse them with water, and dry with a towel. You’ll end up with items that look as good as they did when you first bought them, and it only takes a few minutes. Ketchup also works well at getting rid of animal odours due to its tomato smell.
Instead of buying harsh chemical products, give one of the above cleaners a go. They’re eco-friendly and a lot cheaper than the store bought alternatives.