Because you and your family spend most of your time at home, keeping it clean is a top priority. But did you ever stop to think about how you’re doing it? Some of our modern cleaning supplies do more than just scrub surfaces, they can leave behind a chemical residue or contribute to in-door air pollution. Others work so well that they are creating “super bugs” – microbes and viruses resistant to normal medical treatment. You may feel that you have no other choices if you want a tidy house. Thankfully, you do.
And, you don’t need to spend a fortune on cleaning products. Our mothers and grandmothers kept a nice house using natural cleaning supplies – in other words, items that you likely have in your kitchen cupboard.
What are your options for natural cleaning supplies that keep your home safe and save you money?
Your choices are endless when it comes to looking for natural cleaning supplies. Once you realize how simple it is to make your own natural cleaning products, you’ll never go back to chemicals. Here are a few examples:
Vinegar is a natural acid made from fermented sugar cane. Because of its high concentration, it is often used as a disinfectant and deodorizer. Vinegar is also great in cleaning furniture surfaces in diluted amounts. Pure vinegar, on the other hand, is perfect for bleaching yellowed tiles and removing toilet bowl stains.
Like vinegar, lemon juice is also an acidic compound but its acid concentration is less. It can be used to remove soap residues and water stains. It can also be used as a metal polisher and works best on brass and copper. It can also be used as an air freshener.
Of all the natural cleaning supplies, baking soda is probably the most common. It serves as an all around cleaner because it helps wash away grime, bleaches yellowed tiles and even removes foul odors in your refrigerator. Because it is versatile, it is safe to use in any surface.
Isopropyl alcohol works as a good disinfectant as it kills germs in no time.
You can also mix these products for a more efficient result. Here are some “recipes” for natural ways to scrub your house:
1. Mix lemon juice with toothpaste and use it as a polisher for you silverwares.
2. A mixture of vinegar, soap and water can be good in cleaning floor tiles and linoleums.
3. A cup of olive oil mixed with equal parts of lemon juice can be used to wipe wood furniture, It also gives it a glossy finish.
There are many more concoctions that you can develop using natural cleaning supplies. You can be creative and invent your own home remedies. Use these products and save up on your cleaning expenditures.