How to Clean Your House Without Chemicals
Did you know that, in fact, some cleaners leave your house less clean than when you started?
Did you know that the long-term health of you and your family may also be detrimental to them?
Your house may look clean, but chemicals fill your home with those cleaners, many of which are recognized as poisonous, toxic, or irritating.
Fortunately, without chemicals, you can clean, and your home will shine from top to bottom. Say hello to the cleaners at home! You probably have most of the ingredients already.
And with the bonus? They are incredibly simple to make, and also economical!
Here are 10 of your home's most common areas and how to keep them naturally clean.
1. The Kitchen Sink
- Sprinkle with salt and add a sliced lemon to scrub.
- Dry and rinse.
- Your sinks are going to sparkle and smell fresh, too!
2. The Oven and Stove
- Mix the baking soda and water and spread it over the oven to form a paste.
- For a few hours or overnight, leave.
- Wipe yourself with a damp cloth. Make sure all of the baking soda is removed!
- Baking soda and water will also clean the top of your stove.
3. The Counters
- Mix 1 cup of vinegar and 2 cups of water together for an all-purpose cleaning spray.
- Incorporate 20 drops of essential oils. I like eucalyptus, lavender, and tea trees.
- Spray and wipe the counter with a dry cloth.
- Find a homemade cleaning recipe here, if you have granite or stone counters.
4. The Fridge
- Mix 4 cups of warm water with about 2 tablespoons of baking soda.
- To clean all the surfaces, remove all the food from your fridge and use the baking soda mix and a soft cloth.
- Remove all drawers and wash with either a mixture of baking soda or dish soap.
- Dry all surfaces before food is replaced.
5. Bathroom Sinks and Tubs
- Sprinkle it with baking soda and dampen it slightly. A water spray bottle makes it really easy.
- Just scrub.
- Well rinse.
6. The Toilets
- Pour 1/4 to 1/2 cup of vinegar into the bathroom. I sometimes add 1 or 2 drops of essential oil from the tea tree as well.
- Just scrub.
- Set a timer if you forget what you're doing, like me, for 1 hour!
- Scrub and flush again.
7. The Floors
- Combine vinegar and water in equal parts.
- Add a little castile soap after mixing the vinegar and water if you have lots of dirty sticky spots.
- Mop, either with a traditional mop or a spray mop, as normal.
- Or use a spray bottle and cloth to scrub by hand, if your floors need a little extra attention.
- With wood floors, be careful. By making a weaker vinegar and water solution, spraying a small amount on the floor, and then mopping it with a dry mop, I use this on my wood floors.
8. The Carpets
- Use a few drops of essential oil to mix the baking soda. It works well with lemon, lavender or peppermint!
- Sprinkle the carpets over.
- Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, then vacuum it.
- Use a blend of equal parts vinegar and water instead of a chemical cleaner when steam-cleaning your carpets.
9. The Windows and Mirrors
- In a spray bottle, combine 1/2 cup of vinegar and 2 cups of water.
- Spray the surface of the window or mirror, and wipe with newsprint or a lint-free cloth.
- You could add a few drops of the essential oils to the mix if you like. Lemon is a lovely option.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of castile soap with 10 drops of lemon essential oil and 1 cup of water.
- Spray the cloth and the dust on.
- With wood, be careful! Test first on a small area. To help polish wood surfaces, add a tablespoon of olive oil, or try this recipe here.
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