Harmful chemicals have become commonplace in many homes. Most people don’t even think twice about the toxins that are included in cleaners. Do you? Here are some environmentally friendly alternatives to clean your home without threat of toxins.
1. Distilled Vinegar: Distilled vinegar has many uses. It can be used for cleaning kitchen and bathroom surfaces (including countertops and floors) as well as softening clothes. Vinegar is effective for:
- Coffee and tea stains
- Carpet stains
- Cleaning drains
2. Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is another natural agent that can help you with the laundry. It can be used in the place of bleach or as a spot treatment. It can even get rid of blood stains! Hydrogen peroxide can also help in the bathroom; use it for bathroom mould in a spray bottle in combination with two parts water.
Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil can be used on tough muold and mildew stains instead of harsh bathroom cleaners. The oil should be mixed with water and sprayed onto the offending area. Don’t rinse. The area may have a strong smell that will eventually fade.
Baking Soda: Baking soda has many household benefits. You can even use it in the place of drain cleaner: pour a cup of baking soda down the drain followed by boiling water. Tough clogs can be followed by vinegar. Baking soda can also be used for:
- Cleaning burnt on spots at the bottom of pots and pans
- Dissolving grease on kitchen areas
- Getting rid of offending odours and stains from clothing and carpeting
Lemon Juice: Lemon juice is a completely non-toxic alternative to many cleaning agents. It can be used to clean and freshen up pots and pans as well as aluminum and porcelain surfaces.
Borax: Borax, or sodium borate, can also clean, deodorize and disinfect. It can even be used to clean wallpaper. It’s a great way to use a natural ingredient to clean painted surfaces as well.
Washing Soda: Like some of the other alternatives, washing soda has many cleaning abilities. It can be used to soften water, clean walls, or even remove stains and grease. It’s important to use caution when using washing soda because it has been known to irritate mucous membranes.