Cleaning your home is something you should do regularly. There are some times however, when your supplies might be doing more harm than good. It might begin to corrode your furniture and household appliances or make them look old. So today, I’ll be showing you some useful natural cleaning tips for cleaning your home. These tips are not only effective but also highly hygienic. They are also very simple and something you can learn in no time. It also helps you save a ton of bucks, going to get the commercial over-the-shelf products.
There are many products you may want to use, but basic amongst them is the baking soda, vinegar, citrus fruit and borax amongst others.
The toolkit you’ll need includes; an empty spray bottle, baking soda, citrus fruit, vinegar and borax. You may also want to get hydrogen peroxide, castile soap, cornstarch and tea tree oil. You could also get other kinds of scented essential oil to add fragrance to your mixture.
Part of the toolkit will include a microfiber cloth or an old t-shirt made of cotton. Avoid using paper towels, it is more wasteful.
Chances are that you probably have all these (or most of them) supplies at home. Thus you may not need to get most of them save cash.
Natural Cleaning Tips For Your Home
- Using the multipurpose spray
Using the spray, you can do a lot of cleaning. The first mixture you can try out is the water and vinegar mixture. Fill your spray bottle with half water/half vinegar. Later on in this article, I’ll tell you the cleansing property of all these ingredients. Most people don’t like the smell of vinegar, so you could add your essential oil that smells nice. You could add lemon or lime scented essential oil to give your mixture that love scent. You can use this mixture to clean surfaces like the dining table, mirror, sink, bathroom tubs, ceramic tops and hobs. So long as it is water friendly, you can clean it with your mixture.
- Trying out olive oil
Although it is not part of my toolkit list, it is also one essential ingredient you can use for natural cleaning. It is actually an excellent alternative for polishing your furniture. You can use just about any kind of olive oil. Simple polish the surface gently with the olive oil and allow it to dry up. Dabbing an oil cloth in the oil and polishing the surface will do the trick. You can also add lemon juice for a good smell. A squeeze of lemon for a quarter of a cup of olive oil will do the trick.
- Using Castile soap
Castile soap is both non-toxic and biodegradable will brings it under the definition of “natural”. This soap is suitable for lot of things; washing the dishes, as a laundry detergent, hand wash, ground/floor wash, and even as a shampoo
All you need to do is to mix four parts of the soap in an old container and mix. Alternatively, you add ¼ cup of vinegar, if you want a sparkly floor. The water should be hot. Squeeze the castile soap generously into the water.
Castile soap has in it oleuropein, which is a cleaning and antibacterial property. The soap is made from plant oil and it is very skin sensitive. The oil in it penetrates the pores and cleanses the skin. Finally, it has some ant-radical property, that is, it is an antioxidant with vitamins A and E. Thus, it helps to protect against skin deterioration.
- Baking soda
Bicarbonate soda is very good for cleaning. First of all it deodorizes a bad smell, by absorbing the smell till it is completely gone. It also comes in hand in taking out grease. When it is wet, it fizzes so it can effectively penetrate the grease, thereby taking it out. It is also a very good and gentle abrasive. You can use it to clean your bathroom. However, it will leave residues in your bathroom so you can use a vinegar spray to shine it up.
Baking soda is also very good in cleaning oven. It is also very perfect for unclogging your drains. Using the baking soda in your oven is easy. You simply let your oven cool down when you’re done using it. Let it still be a little warm, and then you sprinkle the bicarbonate soda on the floor of the oven. Add a little water to it and let it sit for half an hour. The grease and particles in the oven will come out easily afterwards. For drains, all you need to do is to sprinkle the soda down the drain and pour some vinegar to it. The mixture will fizz for a while then it will dislodge the grease in the drains.
Baking soda contains hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and sodium each of unequal proportions. It is odorless and colorless and has deodorizing properties. It also has dissolving properties and can evaporate when put in water. It reacts to acid because of the alkalinity in it, which is why it is perfect to unclogging drains.
- Tea tree oil and vinegar for fighting mold
Mildews and molds are something people don’t like to see in their homes. One for the very reason that it is a health hazard is a very serious reason to get rid of this mold. Secondly, it is really disgusting to look at.
Mix your white vinegar and a few drops of tea tree oilin a spray container. Spray the mildew or mold with the mixture and let it sit for 30 minutes. Gently scrub it off afterwards, using warm water.
- White vinegar
White vinegar is a natural disinfectant. It is relatively ideal for home cleaning. It also acts as a solvent. It has deodorizing properties as well. It is mildly acidic and aids in effective cleaning.
Natural cleaning tips and mixtures is something that you should definitely use and encourage. It is safe and healthy, easy to make and an affordable option.