You found out earlier in our cleansing & detoxing series that eliminating impurities in your life is a big aspect of cleansing our bodies. Household cleaning products are suped up, chemical versions of nature’s provisions. So, today Grace Bailey shares with us natural ways to clean our homes!
Living in times when ‘Going Green’ is something that everyone is concerned about and getting rid of all the chemicals used on a daily basis is a must, you should be familiar with the best natural substitutes for a safe and effective way to clean your home.
It is proven that using chemical cleaning products at home can be dangerous for the health of your little family members. Their immune system is not quite strong yet and often allergic reactions towards the harsh chemicals may occur.
Unfortunately, such consequences may have a lasting duration. That is why every modern mother and housewife is often in a dilemma whether to choose a better level of cleanliness or less allergens in the house.
But you don’t need to choose from the lesser of the two evils – simply clean your home with natural products.
You can substitute most of today’s cleaning substances with a natural soap, like lye. For that purpose grate the soap finely and mix it with water. Use the solution instead of a laundry detergent or cleaning product for parquet.
This is a pure lemon acid that works great on dissolving oil and grease, as well as removing any bad odors. Only a small amount of the lemon juice is needed to pour on the dirty surfaces and let it sit like that for half an hour; then, wipe it off with a rag or cloth sprinkled with salt.
But don’t think that this is the only application the lemon juice has as a cleaning product! If you mix it with olive oil following this proportion: 1 dose of lemon juice mixed up with 2 doses of olive oil, you will be given a quality product for polishing wooden furniture.
A mixture of lemon juice and salt is a great product for removing rust stains.
When you want to clean the oven, hotplates and burnt dishes, you can prepare a paste of baking soda by just mixing half a cup of it with a small amount of water and stir it up well until it gets a thick and creamy consistence.Baking soda is one of the most effective cleaning products because of its many applications. To name just a few, it removes oils and odors, cleans burnt dishes and different deposits, and can be used for unclogging the sink pipes and drains in the house.
Baking soda is a great for absorbing bad odors. To prevent strange odors coming from your refrigerator, simply place a bowl with baking soda in it.
You can use it for refreshing the old carpets and upholstery as you sprinkle the soda all over the desired item and leave it for a few hours. Vacuum it thoroughly after that. For added scent, you can add a few drops of your favourite essential oils to the baking soda before sprinkling on the carpet.
Do you know that one of the most effective ways for cleaning a toilet or unclogging pipes or drains is when using baking soda? Pour a cup of it, followed by a cup of vinegar. You don’t have to be a chemist to predict the strong reaction it will cause, the mixture will rise. Just wait for the bubbles to come down and rinse with hot water.
Plain vinegar is very good for cleaning limestone, stains on the windows, metal and other smooth surfaces as it makes them shiny. You can prepare an all-purpose cleaning product for your home by pouring a spoonful of vinegar into a plastic spray bottle (1.5 l or 50 ounces) and use it for cleaning the windows, mirrors and the bathroom.
They can be the perfect substitution for the full-of-chemicals air fresheners, and you can take advantage of their healing qualities as well.
Eucalyptus oil can be used to take care of the insects in your home. And Tea Tree Oil is a great anti-bacterial. To disinfect your bathroom for instance, just put a few drops of Tea Tree Oil in a spray bottle with hot water.
About the Author
Grace Bailey is a desperate housewife , dreamer and content writer. She enjoys writing about Cleaning and Organizing home. You can visit her and read more tips and ideas at http://www.londoncleaners.co.uk/domestic-cleaning/.
My favourite out of Grace’s list is the disinfecting tea tree oil trick. Do you have a natural cleaning solution you’ve been using and would like to share?