Make Cleaning an Eco-friendly Exercise

Chances are that you are spoiled by the plethora of advertisements convincing you to buy some of the synthetic products for basic household cleaning. Not only are many of these expensive, but they are a danger to environment as well.

But the fact is that there are many natural and economic materials available around that could help you with the basic cleaning. This may provide you with a more eco-friendly and thrifty option for your domestic clean-up. Here are five easy natural sources for your household cleaning.

Vegetable oil (Castile) Soap

This is one awesome option for floor cleaning. It can also be used for multiple cleaning purposes when rightly mixed with vinegar, borax and ideal amount of warm water. You can make an all purpose cleaner by adding 1⁄2 teaspoon of soap to either 2 cups of water. Mix up 2 spoons of soap to three gallons of water for cleaning the floor. The only thing you have to make sure is to rinse the cleansed surface well to avoid any dulling soap scum.


Citric acid, the natural ingredient in Lemon will disintegrate the stubborn greases, all the while providing a fresh smell to the house. Juice of lemon can also function as natural bleach when applied in sun. You can also revive the cutting boards by rubbing sliced lemon over its surface. It can also be used to get rid of fish smell, to dissolve soap scum and hard water residues.

Distilled White Vinegar

This one is the star in the list with many functions. It can get rid of grease, lime deposits and other unwanted odors that are degrading your house atmosphere. Its neutralizing properties make it an ideal candidate for mopping windows, disinfecting kitchen counters and sanitizing bathroom appliances. You can use this for shining your wash basins and mirrors. Dilute the Vinegar and water in 1:4 proportions, which is a good antibacterial, caustic cleaner for toilets and floors.


If you are looking for an easy solution for your grungy ovens, use this natural abrasive to clean the dirt, and make it look anew. You might have the salt applied for some time, and later swab it with a sponge for a scratch free dirt removal. Salt is also good for soaking the food stains like red wine, coffee or Ink on clothes and carpets. If you find a wet stain, immediately apply a pinch of salt and don’t worry about it drying there. You can easily vacuum it later.

Baking Soda

You might be already using this one as laundry aid. Baking Soda has the property to cut through the tough grease that can be a in the past be a menace while cleaning grills, broiler pans and ovens. This strong alkaline agent can be used to dab the dirty linoleum floors, or to strip wax and peel paint.  If you have tough grease stain blemish on your floor for a long time, apply 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 teaspoon of washing soda to 32 ounces of hot water to rub, you may get lucky.

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