No one likes staying in a dirty house full of dirt, grime, stains, mould and other stuff. So we use lots of commercial cleaning products as they promise to make our floors, bathroom fixtures, counter tops, etc. dust free and shining. We all have become so use to using these cleaners but have you ever read some of the labels on these cleaners and the warnings written on them like these:
“Use them only in well-ventilated areas”
“Can cause severe burn if skin contact occurs”
“These may be fatal or harmful if swallowed”
Such warnings are so common that they often go unread by us. If these cleaners have health threatening effects and are so harmful with hazardous stuff in them then can you imagine what harm they can bring to the environment?
From the start of their manufacturing to use and finally disposal they are not at all environment friendly. If these products are made of stuff that is not eco-friendly then using such harmful products can cause many problems.
When we throw the empty plastic bottles of the commercial cleansers they again contribute to the degradation on the environment and our surroundings. So don’t you think that natural cleansers are a better option?
Natural cleansers are mixtures of materials which are commonly found around the house and are very inexpensive, like white distilled vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda and oil soaps. While using natural cleansers by mixing different materials up at your house you are not just making your home and the environment a better place to live in but also saving the money you spent on commercial cleansers.
Now-a-days many companies have started manufacturing natural cleansers, so we should read the label before buying a cleanser so that you buy a product that is natural or less harmful.
Effective cleaning with Lemon Juice and Vinegar
These wonderful cleansers can clean as effectively as commercial cleansers but without harming the environment. To make your countertops, tubs, sinks and floor spick and span mix these products 50-50 with distilled water and use them. To make it easier, go to a hardware or drugs store and buy a spray bottle and put the mix in it and make the use more convenient.
While using these we should be careful that some grounds are sensitive so you should test it before use or rinse and wipe clean the area after washing. This blend cuts through the soap residue very quickly so its works great in the shower or bathing area. You can even add a bit of lemon juice if you don’t like the aroma that comes from the place after cleaning. Once dry, the vinegar scent disappears.
If you add about’½ cup of this mixture during your rinse cycle to your washing machine it will help by eliminating the soap not usually washed away. This will be a great help for family members who are allergic to the perfumed smells of commercially made cleansers.
Lemon mixed with baking powder acts as a great polish to make metallic surfaces shine. To reach the crevices keep a toothbrush with you while polishing.
Baking Soda and Catsup as Cleansers
Catsup or Tomato juice mixed into a paste form and scrubbed on the surface of metal (brass and copper) is an alternative to lemon juice. Baking soda and lemon juice can also be used for cleaning the dish washer and for stopping the nasty aromas or smells coming from garbage disposal. More of liquid is required than paste for this purpose. For best results the dish washer should be run empty. You can also add a little bit of white vinegar to the mix.
Take a box of baking soda and keep it opens in the refrigerator and all the bad smell coming from there will be gone. To clean the stubborn oven spots just sprinkle some baking soda over the spots and leave it to soak with water and vinegar. Leave it for an hour or so and you will find the spots wash off almost effortlessly.
Tips on Using Natural Cleansers at Home
All-Purpose Natural Cleanser
Mixing a few tablespoons of baking powder with warm water, or vinegar and salt with warm water works great for typical cleaning jobs.
Natural Air Freshener
After washing dishes wash the sink with lemon juice to prevent any bad smell coming from it. Take a bowl, put some vinegar in it and place it on a counter top to stop bad odours. Neals Yard Organic have a range of air fresheners, candles and aromatherapy products which are environmentally friendly and certified organic.
Natural Drain Cleaner
To clean a drain naturally without using the chemical commercial drain cleaners pour half a cup of baking soda in the drain then a half cup of vinegar. Let the baking soda and vinegar sit in the drain for about twenty minutes and then pour a half gallon of boiling water down the drain. For a clogged drain, use a drain snake or plunger.
Natural Floor Cleaner
Equal parts vinegar and warm water can be used for light floor cleaning. In case of wooden floors or for deep cleaning floors use a vegetable-based liquid soap, like Murphy’s Oil Soap. Read the instructions for the flooring material you have before using any type of cleanser.
Natural Furniture Polish
A mixture of olive oil and lemon juice can be used for polishing furniture. But before using anything try it on an small part of the furniture which is out of sight. Many commercial furniture polish products contain petroleum distillates, which are flammable and the manufacturing process is very eco-unfriendly. Murphy’s Oil Soap is also a good commercial product to try.
Natural Glass Cleaner
Certain brands of commercial glass cleaners are less toxic and harmful than others. But by using club soda or mixture of vinegar and warm water you can save money and it is very natural. Using a newspaper to clean glass mirrors and windows is a great ides as the results are very good plus newspaper is a recyclable thing and this reduces the need to wash rags.
Natural Scouring Cleansers
Many of the commercial scouring cleaners contain chlorine bleach, which, when mixed with ammonia, release hazardous gases. It is a better option to use salt or baking soda, mixed with hot water and a bit of borax for scouring jobs.
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Commercial toilet cleaners can burn your skin and eyes and harm the environment. Pour half a cup of vinegar, mixed with baking soda in your toilet bowl and scrubbing the bowl with a brush. You can also use half a cup of borax mixed with a third of a cup of lemon juice to make your natural toilet bowl cleanser.