An important part of creating a natural home is switching to natural cleaning options – they can money, time and most importantly reduce chemical exposure. When it comes to natural cleaners, the most often used option are DIY cleaners as they are the easiest to make and obtain. However, if you are not really keen on mixing things yourself, there are plenty of stores nowadays allowing for a good, healthy, natural purchase.
Still, for those who are into home-aids as their first choice, here’s a list of our favorite natural cleaners that will help you out.
Baking Soda for … almost anything
First, you can use baking soda for cleaning your oven and unclogging drains.
Ovens – make a paste of baking soda and water. Put the paste on the bottom of the oven and leave for a few hours. Then, just wipe off for a shiny, chemical free oven.
Drains – Baking soda turns out to be good for unclogging drains, too! Pour baking soda powder into the problematic drain (a mini baking soda bag or a few spoons of it will do) and pour boiling hot water over it in a quick, steady motion. You’ll see a little bubbling and probably feel a weird smell. This is all normal. After a few minutes, your drains will be unclogged and function perfectly.
Citrus Infused Vinegar
A natural cleaner with a rather pleasant smell using vinegar and citrus peels will leave you amazed! It is pretty easy to make and it will last for a long time. You should use it as a window cleaner (dilute with water), for mopping floors, or for disinfecting surfaces.
How to make: Fill an empty, clean jar with citrus peels and pour undiluted white vinegar over them. Leave for a few days (no longer than 2 weeks) and strain out the vinegar to use as a natural cleaner.
Treat Stains Naturally
Some of the worst offenders for toxic chemicals are definitely laundry soaps and stain treaters. This doesn’t mean you have to stop cleaning to avoid toxins but switch to natural options that work amazingly well.
Different natural options will work better on different types of stains which is why it wouldn’t hurt for you to know a little chemistry.
The reference sheet everyone should keep by their washer for quick reference is this:
Ink or Paint Stains: Spray with hair spray or soak in rubbing alcohol for 30 minutes (ink only) and wash out.
Tea or Coffee Stains: Boiling water is yet again your friend. Pour it over the stain until it is gone. If you’ve got a problem with a stain that’s already set, sscrub with a paste of borax and water and wash immediately.
Grass stains: Treat with a 50/50 Hydrogen Peroxide and water mix or scrub with liquid dish soap.
Mud stains: Let the stain dry so you can easily brush the dirt off. After, scrub with a borax/water paste and wash immediately.
Tomato Based Stains: White vinegar directly on the stain will do the trick! You must wash immediately.
Food Stains: A mix of 50/50 Hydrogen Peroxide and water is best. Soak the stain and wash.
Blood, Vomit, Gelatin, Urine, Poop, Egg, Glue or other protein based stains: Remember this – THESE DO NOT WASH IN WARM WATER! Warm water will only set in the smell. Use cool water for the stains to soak in and then wash with an added mixture of 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide in the washing machine.
Rubbish removal is one of the essential aspects of keeping your air clean. Instead of using typical plastic bags, use those made of recycled materials and throw out trash on regular basis. Don’t let the smell set in as it will be really hard to get rid of it.
Natural Air Freshener
Use a medium saucepan and simmer a quart of water with natural ingredients. Just make sure not to let the water evaporate off completely!
Combinations that have proven amazing are:
- 1 sliced lime and 1 piece chopped ginger root
- 1 sliced lemon, 2 tablespoons rosemary and a dash of vanilla
- 1 sliced lime and 2 tablespoons thyme
- 1 sliced orange, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg and cloves (smells like pumpkin pie!).
We hope our guide helped! If you know some good natural cleaners yourself, please share them with us!
Diana Smith, the author of this article is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls.
Diana is interested in topics related to home improvement and DIY.
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