It can be very difficult to find an alternative to harsh cleaning chemicals. Whilst some consumers do not mind off the shelf cleaners, other consumers would like a green cleaning approach. A natural cleaning product is great for pets, children especially with allergies. If you wanted to explore a cleaning method that is 100% chemical I would recommend to clean with Steam. Steam is very effective in killing bacteria whilst a 100% chemical free clean.
After months of research a European study found that people who use a spray cleaner just once a week had a 50 percent higher chance of developing asthma! Glass and furniture cleaners, as well as air fresheners, were all found to be guilty of upping the risk.
Cleanliness is a valid concern in the family home and/or work office environment, and in food prep areas in particular. Some people fail to realise, that some natural methods are just as effective as cleaning chemicals – without any of the dangers. Here is a look at some top choices for natural cleaning.
Easy All Purpose Cleaners
A citrus vinegar cleaner is easy to make and will leave your house smelling clean and fresh. All you have to do is place some citrus peels in a glass jar. Cover them with white vinegar and let the jar sit for two weeks. After that time has passed, remove the peels from the jar and dilute the vinegar with water in a ratio of 1:1. Pour it into a spray bottle, and use it to clean glass, windows, bathrooms and certain counter tops. If you had the budget the alternative if steam cleaning
Get your chopping board perfect
Chopping boards can be a breeding ground for germs, particularly when raw meat is cut on the same board as fruits and vegetables. While doing this should be avoided, you’ll still need to clean your chopping board after each use. Thankfully, a lemon and some salt can get the job done with great results.
First, sprinkle the cutting board with some coarse salt if possible. Then take a lemon with the cut side down – one that has already been squeezed will work fine – and scrub the surface while squeezing gently to release a little lemon juice. After letting it sit for a few minutes, simply scrape the dirty liquid away. Use a clean cloth to give the surface another rinse, and you’re good to go!
Clean your drain
Forget the harsh drain cleaners, which are extremely dangerous with unpronounceable ingredients. If you’ve got baking soda and vinegar on hand, you have all you need to unclog your drain naturally. First, flush the drain with boiling water and then add 1/2 a cup of baking soda. Mix in a cup of vinegar and 1 cup of hot water & wait for the bubbles to subside, then run some hot tap water down your drain for about a minute.
Make your carpet smell fresh
You can make a natural carpet deodoriser easily by combining 2 cups of baking soda with 10 to 20 drops of the essential oils of your choice. The baking soda will lift stains and deodorize, while the essential oils will disinfect and leave a pleasant aroma.
Lavender is a good choice for a springtime floral scent, while orange, lemon or lemongrass will give your room the citrus fresh smell. You can also combine oils to create a custom scent. Sprinkle this mixture lightly on your carpet and let it sit for a few hours before vacuuming thoroughly.
Always use the above methods with care and always spot test any cleaners on furniture and carpets whether it be a natural ingredient or store bought chemical.
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