Let’s face it, we all want a sparkling clean home we can be proud of. But if you’re like most folks that often means exposing yourself, and your family, to a toxic swamp of dangerous chemicals.
But we’ve got good news. You don’t have to trade in your health for a spotlessly clean home. Today we’re going to share some clever, chemical free housecleaning tricks with you that you can use to keep your home spotlessly clean and smelling fresh.
Start by tossing out all the chemical cleansers, and stock up on these five items instead.
- Baking soda: Deodorizes and absorbs odors, plus it’s an antiviral and removes grease
- Lemons: Good for dirt, mold, and mildew, as well as cutting grease AND smelling great
- Liquid castile soap: Plant-based, natural soap helps get things squeaky clean
- Salt: Scours without scratching, absorbs greasy spills, and deodorizes, too
- White vinegar: Cuts through soap scum, removes mold and mildew, slows the growth of germs
Using easy to mix combos of these five simple ingredients you can clean your entire home top to bottom. Here’s how…
This simple, but effective, oven cleaner will give you a spotless oven without having to leave the house because of the dangerous chemicals. Combine baking soda and water to form a paste. You’ll want enough to spread about one quarter inch throughout the oven. Do NOT turn the oven on! Just close the door, and leave it alone for at least two hours. Wipe clean.
The worst job in the house will suddenly be effortless with this powerful toilet cleaner. Pour one cup of baking soda into toilet bowl. Leave for an hour. Then add one cup white vinegar, and swish under the rim with your brush. Leave for an additional five minutes, then flush.
To clean and disinfect in one easy step cut a lemon in half and dip into baking soda. Scrub your counters with the lemon half, cut side down. Wipe clean with a soft towel or sponge. (Don’t use this one on marble or stainless steel.)
Combine one quarter cup of liquid castile soap, one quarter cup white vinegar, and two gallons of warm water. Mop as usual. This one is safe for both your wood and linoleum floors.
Multi-purpose scrubbing paste #1:
For jobs that require a bit more elbow grease this basic, multipurpose cleanser is perfect. Mix one third cup of baking soda and one tablespoon of liquid castile soap. Use to scrub sinks, tubs, showers, counters and more. Rinse, as usual.
Multi-purpose scrubbing paste #2:
Prefer a multi-purpose cleanser with a light citrus scent? This one is for you. Combine two parts baking soda, one part salt, and enough lemon juice to make a paste. Use as you would any scrubbing cleanser.
For an easy, streak-free shine combine one quarter cup of white vinegar and two cups of water in a spray bottle. Spray on windows and wipe clean. Super dirty windows? For an extra punch of cleaning power add a splash of castile soap.
Combine equal parts of salt and lemon juice to form a paste. Brush the paste directly onto any spots of mildew – an old toothbrush works well, especially on grout – and rinse.
This is an oldie-but-goodie that your grandmother might have used. Generously sprinkle your carpets with baking soda, and leave in place for at least 15 minutes. Vacuum.
This cleaner is perfect for eliminating and preventing that musty smell dishwashers can get. Use one half cup of white vinegar in the soap reservoir (DON’T add soap!) or place two cups of white vinegar in a dishwasher safe bowl on one of the racks. Run the empty dishwasher through a full cycle.
Pour baking soda into a clogged drain. Follow with white vinegar, pouring slowly until it starts to foam. Let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm to hot water. Repeat as necessary.
To clean, freshen and disinfect your garbage disposal cut a medium-sized lemon into quarters. Put down disposal and grind, one piece at a time.
Make your home sweet home a toxin free one too, with these affordable, chemical free, natural cleaners starting TODAY.
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