If you are all about green cleaning and you wish to stop using harsh chemicals for your home, you best turn to safer solutions. There are quite a few options you have since people have found the use for some 100% safe and natural products. The best part is you likely already own these in your home, maybe you just didn’t consider their cleaning prowess. Following is a guide on how to use some of these eco-friendly cleaners to great success:
- Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) – if you are all about domestic cleaning, then baking soda should be high on your list of solutions you use around your home. In fact, you may want to reconsider the uses of baking as being merely an ingredient you use in your cooking efforts. It serves wonders with its deodorising qualities, as it absorbs unpleasant smells in the fridge, carpet or mattress. Put baking soda in a cup and leave it in your fridge, or sprinkle a generous amount of it on the carpet or mattress and you will see the difference it makes. What you can also use baking soda for is stain removal. Mix a paste of water and baking soda to clean stubborn stains on your sink, cooker, worktop or pans. You will find baking soda also works wonders for unclogging drains when paired with vinegar.
- White vinegar (distilled) – vinegar is another eco-friendly cleaning solution that you should use around the home. One notable use it sees is removing limescale in the bathroom or kitchen. Instead of spraying with some strong chemical, you can use vinegar. Spray directly on the problem area, let it sit for a while and then wipe. You can even use it on the showerhead when it gets too soiled. Tie a bag with vinegar around it and let it sit overnight. Rinse, and you will find the item looking as good as new. Vinegar is also an excellent way to neutralise unpleasant smells.
- Lemon juice – other than using on your fish, lemon juice can be a wonderful cleaner. It contains natural bleaching agents, which, unlike traditional bleach, will not make your head dizzy. It is also a nice way to sanitise the chopping board and garbage bin. Rub the area with half a lemon and add some salt as a scouring agent. You will find the area not just clean but also refreshed with a pleasant scent. You can brighten your whites with a cup of lemon added to your wash load.
- Washing soda crystals – the thing about soda crystals is that they are biodegradable, come with zero bleach, phosphate and enzyme content and are therefore 100% safe to use on fabric. Washing soda is an excellent choice if you don’t want to use strong chemicals. It is a decent solution for ink, blood, grass, coffee and red wine. You can apply on fabric and non-fabric stains, such as on pans, chopping boards and cups.