Go Green With Home Cleaning

home cleaningMost home cleaning products today contain toxic chemicals, and ingredients that are unsafe.

These chemicals can be very harmful to pets and children in your home.

In addition, for those who have allergies or asthma, these chemicals can be irritating to the lungs.

However, cleaning your home does not require the use of harmful chemicals.

There are many homemade natural cleaning products you can make from safe substances that will work as good as, or better, than commercial cleaners.

Most of these cleaners can be mixed in bulk, and stored in the same way commercial cleaners are. Consider the following options to clean your home without chemicals.

Green Floor Cleaners

The type of floor cleaner you use in your home will be based on the material used to make up your floor. You don’t want to use the same thing to clean hard wood floors, that you use for laminate or tile floors.

  • Laminate and Tile Floors – Laminate and tile floors should be cleaned with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water. This mixture can be placed in a spray bottle or mixed in your mop bucket for easy use.
  • Wood Floors – To clean a wooden floor you will want to start by removing scuffs and shoe marks. The best natural solution is baking soda on a damp sponge. Rub the area gently until the mark is gone. Next wash the floor with equal parts vinegar and water. To finish the process and leave a natural shine, buff the floor with a soft rag that has been dipped in a mixture of ½ cup of olive oil and ¼ a cup of lemon juice.

Chemical Free Glass Cleaner

For cleaning windows or mirrors the best product is club soda. It does not need to be diluted and can be used while bubbly, or after it has gone flat.

Fill any spray container with club soda and spray it directly onto the glass you wish to clean. For lint free cleaning, use old newspapers rather than paper towels, for wiping.

Bathroom Cleaning Without Toxins

For the bathroom you will want to use a disinfectant spray. This mixture can be made by combining 16 ounces of water, 3 tablespoons of castile soap, and 15-20 of natural tea tree oil.

Mix these ingredients by shaking the bottle vigorously. This natural disinfectant can then be used to spray the shower, toilet bowl, or bathroom counters.

For areas covered in soap scum or tough dirt, it may be best to first sprinkle the area with baking soda. Wet the area first, and then sprinkle on dry baking soda. Let the mixture sit for about thirty minutes, and then scrub with a soft bristled brush.

All of these natural cleaners can be mixed with a natural essential oil for a better smell. Most health food stores have essential oils that smell like orange, pine, or lemon. You can enjoy natural cleaners that leave your house smelling wonderful without using any chemicals.

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