There’s no doubt that a lot of household cleaning products available today are extremely effective; however, the biggest concern is that a lot of them appear to be petroleum-based, which is something that has been hotly-debated for a long time in terms of both environmental and health effects. Additionally, it doesn’t necessarily help that many of these products have labels such as “caution” and “danger” attached to them.
Thankfully, there are a lot of ways that we can clean our homes fast having to use these types of products, which can potentially cause a lot of harm. The one surefire method is to purchase green cleaning products, which are typically made from renewable resources and are both biodegradable and non-toxic in nature. While it can be easy to purchase these products from stores, it can be even easier to make your own right from the comfort of your own home just by using ingredients that are found in your pantry.
Here are some ideas that you can make note of.
This is something that can be used to clean practically anything, whether it’s used on its own or mixed with a little water. For instance, you can sprinkle it on your carpet to get rid of odors before vacuuming it up, or you can use it as a non-abrasive cleaner for areas in your kitchen, such as your countertops, sink, and oven. Simply sprinkle it on a wet sponge or cloth.
You can also use baking soda for the following:
- *Sprinkle some on a damp sponge to clean your microwave.
- *Create a paste made of one part water and three parts baking soda to clean silver.
- *Wash your coffeemaker by adding one-fourth of a cup of baking soda to one quart of warm water.
- *Sprinkle baking soda onto the bottom of your oven, dampen it with water, and allow it to sit overnight before scrubbing it the next morning.
- *Clean non-waxed and tile flooring with one-half of a cup of baking soda in a bucket of warm water.
- *Use a small amount of baking soda on a damp sponge to clean furniture instead of using furniture polish.
This is a substance that is stronger than baking soda, and it’s highly recommended that you wear gloves whenever you use it. You can use this in the same manner that you use baking soda; however, it is not to be used on materials such as aluminum, waxed flooring, or fiberglass. In terms of removing grease, oily stains, and wax, washing soda is a great deal more effective than baking soda.
White Vinegar and Lemon Juice
These are great for helping to get rid of issues such as tarnish, gummy buildup, and dirt from wooden surfaces. In terms of lemon juice, you can use this to create your own lemon-scented furniture polish by mixing together equal parts of lemon juice and olive oil. Afterward, pour just a tiny amount onto a clean cloth and rub it onto a furniture piece of your choice.
Any kind of vinegar is considered to be a great cleaning agent because of the fact that the acid contained in it acts as both a disinfectant and neutralizer. It’s so powerful that you can even use it instead of bleach to clean tile grouting. All you have to do is allow it to soak in before scrubbing it with a toothbrush. Additionally, you can also create a glass cleaner by mixing together one quart of water with one-fourth cup of vinegar, as well as a floor cleaner by mixing together a gallon of hot water with four cups of white distilled vinegar.
This is something that isn’t just reserved for breakfast. In fact, it can also be a very effective cleaning agent that can leave your room smelling wonderful! Half of one large single grapefruit can clean your entire bath and/or shower from top to bottom, including all of the fixtures. If you’re dealing with tougher stains, try sprinkling each half with salt before scrubbing and rinsing.