Tired of cleaning and scrubbing your home every other day? Well, we all hate that too. Keeping your house spotless is not an easy job these days since our generation is caught up in building careers and partying on weekends. We prefer someone else to do these chores for us. We mostly outsource jobs such as laundry, snow removal, pest control and general cleaning around the house. This trend can be supported by the fact that the cleaning industry is now worth $78 billion. It has grown at a rate of 6.6 percent over the past ten years.
If you can afford to outsource your chores, well and good. But if the cleaning services are putting a dent on your pocket, then we have some super and natural products. These will help you keep your house clean without any hassle and mindless scrubbing. Moreover, they are natural and hence will keep you safe from all the harmful chemicals found in those house cleaning products.
This acidic transparent liquid is apparently an excellent cleaner, especially even for the toughest jobs. It is a great product for windows and glass. Use a mixture of vinegar and water and wipe those windows without leaving any scratches behind.
Vinegar is a very good cleaning agent for greasy oil fryers and coffee makers. Just fill them up with distilled vinegar and run the machine. Rinse the residue with water and your machine will be as good as new. A similar technique can be used for the microwave. Just boil a mixture of ¼ cup of white vinegar and 1 cup water and wipe away the food residue with ease.
Vinegar is also very useful for removing tarnish of metal things. So if you have any metals that are just collecting dust, clean them up with a mixture of salt, vinegar, and flour. Let the paste stand for 15 minutes and then rinse it with water.
Vinegar is no doubt a great cleaning tool. However, you have to be careful with it as well. Don’t clean hardwood floors or natural stones with as it will leave stains due to its acidity. Also, never mix vinegar with bleach as it will create a toxic chlorine vapor.
2. Baking Soda
Cheap and effective, baking soda is one kitchen item that can make your life easy. It can do much more than just making those delicious cakes and cookies.
The next time you burn your enameled cookware, don’t just throw it away or keep scrubbing it. Boil some water in the utensil and then add baking soda to it. Once the mixture simmers, remove the stains with the help of a wooden spoon. Similarly, if you have rusty pans then, you can just get rid of the rust with potato and baking soda. Yes, it is that easy. Just cut a potato into half dip it in baking soda and then rub it off on the pans.
It also helps if you have guests coming over and you don’t want your house to smell like food. Simply add some baking soda in a bowl with lemon peel and keep it in the kitchen. This magic powder will absorb all the smells.
One of the best uses of baking soda is to open a clogged sink. You don’t need to call that plumber. Just put in some baking soda and top it with some fresh lemon juice or vinegar and your clogged sink will pop open.
3. Olive oil
It may seem surprising to you that olive oil is not only good for health, but it can also be a very good cleaning agent. You can use it to refresh your surfaces and remove stains. For all the stainless steel things at your home, just take a wipe dipped in olive oil. Remove any grease, stains and add shine.
Moreover, olive oil can be a real saver of your leather stuff. Just take an olive oil dipped wipe and restore color and repair scratches from your leather chairs. You can also add value to the look of your wooden cabinets. Just wipe them with a mixture of olive oil with lemon juice and your cabinets will start sparkling.
When life gives you lemons, use them for cleaning. This gift from nature not only adds zest to your dishes but also makes your house look meticulously clean. Lemon can be used for multiple purposes. Use them to remove rust and stains from your utensils. Other than that, you can also use them to make a fresh, aromatic all-purpose cleaner. Peel lemons and put them in a jar. Once the jar is almost full, pour vinegar on top. Let the jar sit for two weeks so that the vinegar is infused with the citrus smell. After two weeks, strain the cleaner and put it in a spray bottle.
You can also use lemons to clean your plastic containers. Unlike other materials, plastic containers get stinky and old real quick.
5. Washing Soda
Washing soda, or soda ash or soda crystals is not just an ingredient for homemade detergent, it can be used for multiple purposes. You can use it for your kitchen, bathroom and any other place that has tough dirt. Use it in the kitchen to clean countertops, utensils, and oven. Just mix some soda with water and remove all those stains.
As for the laundry section, you can use it to remove the tough stains of grease, coffee, tea or blood from cotton and linen. You can also use it to soften water that improves your machine’s efficiency and reduces the repair bills.
These ingredients are cost effective and easily available at home. You should also try to use products that are organic and chemical free. Today, a lot of companies are coming up with products that are environmentally friendly. For example, Terra Merra has introduced a proof bed bug spray which is plant-based and hence safe to use. Remember, all your actions impact the environment.
Evie Harrison, the author of this post, is a blogger by choice. She loves to discover the world around her. She likes to share her discoveries, experiences and express herself through her blogs. Find her on Twitter: @iamevieharrison