Note from Christi: We’ve been trying to use more natural cleaners in our home, so this guest post felt like a great fit. I hope you’ll enjoy these tips for cleaning your home naturally – and saving money while you’re at it!
Taking a look in the cupboards of the modern household can yield some pretty unsettling results.
Our homes are full of overpriced, chemical-laden products that can hold some serious long-term health implications for you and your family, and let’s not forget the environmental impact caused by the disposal of these toxic chemicals.
There are a growing number of natural cleaning products available on the market; however, they can still be quite pricey because the demand is increasing as more and more people become conscious of their health and environment.
Instead of paying through the nose for household cleaning products, try replacing them with some of the following methods:
- Leave an open pack of baking soda in your refrigerator. The baking soda will absorb unpleasant odors and keep your fridge smelling fresher for longer.
- Make your sponges and scouring pads last longer by microwaving them for a minute, this will kill any bacteria.
- Vinegar and baking soda make a excellent cleaning products which can be used to disinfect your floors, countertops, and tiled surfaces. You can also try using apple cider vinegar to leave your home with a nice apple scent.
- Baking soda is also great for deodorizing carpets; just sprinkle some over your carpets an hour or two before you vacuum.
- This may sound obvious, but always clean from the top and work your way down; start by cleaning shelves, blinds, and cabinets, and finish by vacuuming the floor. This ensures you pick up all the dust and dirt that falls to the floor while you clean the higher objects.
- Adding a touch of vinegar to the water when cleaning silverware, windows, and faucets will prevent smudges and water spots.
- Toothbrushes make excellent tools, ideal for cleaning keyboards, cheese graters, faucets, showerheads, hard-to-reach piping, and any other tight spots that could stand to benefit from scrub.
- Stained cups can be brought back to their former glory by simply tossing in some vinegar and wiping with a cloth. You can also remove stains from kettles and coffee makers by boiling four parts water with one part vinegar.
- To thoroughly clean your chopping blocks, squeeze lemon juice into the cracks and indentations, leave to sit for 5-10 minutes, and then wipe clean. This will fully disinfect the surface.
- Lemon juice and vinegar are both great for removing grease, mildew, and many other stains. Before using harsh chemical cleaners, always give these acidic alternatives a shot and you might be pleasantly surprised.
The possibilities really are endless when it comes to cleaning your home in an economical and non-toxic way. Don’t limit yourself to just the suggestions made here; use your imagination and see what other alternatives you can come up with.
The companies who manufacture commercial cleaning products don’t want you to know this but you can easily kit yourself out with an arsenal of largely safe and environmentally-friendly cleaning products that will are a fraction of the cost.
How about a challenge: See if you can clean your entire home using only natural alternatives!