Do you want to get rid of your chemical cleaners but have no idea how to clean your home without them? If you’re looking for natural cleaning alternatives, you’re in the right place! Below are ten tips that will show you how to clean your home without resorting to dangerous chemicals and ingredients. Follow these steps to transform your house into a completely chemical-free zone!
1) Baking Soda and Vinegar
Mix one cup of white vinegar with three cups of water in a spray bottle. Add one tablespoon of baking soda. Shake well before using to make sure the ingredients are mixed together. Spray the mixture on surfaces and wipe clean with paper towels or wash cloths, then rinse away any residue with warm water and let air dry. Works great on glass and mirrors, too!
2) Citrus peels, coffee grounds, tea bags
It’s not difficult to clean your home using natural ingredients. Dried citrus peels, coffee grounds, and tea bags are just a few of the surprisingly effective items you can use to make your floors sparkle. Try them out on different types of surfaces: tile, linoleum, wooden floors – they work wonders everywhere!
3) Dusters and sprays
- Add a cup of baking soda to the bottom of your garbage can to absorb and control odor.
- Sprinkle baking soda in the kitchen sink drain to clean and deodorize the sink, pipes, and garbage disposal.
- Place lemon juice on a cloth, leave overnight or for a few hours, then gently scrub surfaces like wood or stainless steel counters.
4) Hair dryer
Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the filter of the dryer (such as lavender or lemon) and then set it to cool to get rid of odors. If you’re in a hurry, there’s no need to turn off the dryer; just open up your windows, shut down any heaters, and allow the appliance to cool on its own.
5) Never, ever use bleach!
Bleach is a chemical that’s used to whiten whites, remove stains and sanitize household surfaces. In order to avoid the toxic chemicals in bleach, try natural cleaning methods like vinegar and baking soda. Plus, these cleaners are all-natural and better for your family’s health!
6) Paper towels
Paper towels are one of the most harmful, polluting products on the market. They contain chemical binding agents that are released when you use them, and they don’t degrade in landfills. Paper towels also release dioxins, a carcinogen and pollutant, into the air when they are burned after use. Luckily there are natural cleaning alternatives to paper towels that can be used all around your home!
7) Put wet things in the sink or tub
Beware of antibacterial soaps. They contain a lot of chemicals and the FDA has recently said that these chemicals are not effective in killing germs. Just because a product is called antibacterial does not mean it will kill bacteria; there’s no scientific proof for it. Some research suggests that these chemical ingredients can lead to bacterial resistance, also known as superbugs. They can also be irritating to your skin and lungs, especially if you have asthma or allergies.
8) Put rags in the washer
If you’re going to do laundry anyway, why not put in some cleaning rags, too? It’s an eco-friendly way to keep your home clean and it will save you money. Instead of throwing out used rags, just toss them in the wash with your clothes. You can also line dry these so they last longer! Use vinegar: Vinegar is one of the best natural cleaners out there because it disinfects and deodorizes surfaces while leaving a nice smell behind. Put down some newspaper: Lay down newspaper or a drop cloth before starting any scrubbing or sweeping projects so that you don’t get any stains on carpeting or furniture.
9) Use your vacuum
I always vacuum my carpets and upholstery before I do a deep clean of my house. Vacuuming helps to pick up pet hair, dust, and other debris that the carpet or furniture will trap. This will make your deep cleaning session much quicker and easier. Plus it’s worth it to do a quick vacuum once in awhile so you can cut down on how often you have to do an extensive deep clean!
10) Check ingredients on cleaning products you already have
Organic cleaners are a popular choice for those who care about what they use to clean their home. Not only is it better for the environment, but it’s also cheaper in the long run. They are usually safer to use and will not irritate you or your pets like most traditional cleaners do.