With more and more people getting into green cleaning and looking for more natural alternatives, it’s easy to get swept up into the chaos. What works? What doesn’t? Do I really have time to study every ingredient? Is this really safe?
Lucky for you, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are several natural alternatives for you, all in one convenient location.
- White Vinegar:
White vinegar is good for cleaning not only calcium deposits but cutting grease, grime and wax buildups.
You know that pet odour on your carpet? Some Vinegar will solve that.
It’s also incredible for cleaning the microwave oven that everyone’s forgotten about. Just put a glass of vinegar in, and turn the microwave on for a couple minutes. It’ll do all the hard work for you. Trust me, I’ve tried it. It was a lifesaver at work.
- Eucalyptus Oil:
Eucalyptus oil not only works as a deodorant but can help attack rust before setting.
It also an excellent spot remover to use on that carpet of yours, or just about any fabric, to be honest.
- Baking Soda:
Now, I’m sure you weren’t surprised by this. Our mothers and grandmothers knew what they were talking about when they recommended this over the years. Although growing up we might have thought its silly, baking Soda is remarkably versatile.
For starters, it can be used to remove stains. Various stains.
You know those marks on the walls your children left when they were young and drawing on the wall? Yes, Baking Soda can clean and remove crayon marks from Walls. Worry no more.
You can also use Baking Soda to soften fabrics and to clean and deodorize your bedding and other fabrics. Yes, you can even freshen up those old runners of yours!
Used in the right way, it can also be used to remove grease build up, among other things.
- Lemon Juice:
Lemon Juice is another rather flexible option.
First off, it is quite useful for dissolving soap scum and hard water deposits. It’s also great for cleaning microwaves. Just place a halved lemon in a cup of water, and turn the microwave on. No hard scrubbing required.
And you know that dirty wooden cutting board of yours? Go get out the lemon and salt because they’ll get the job done for you.
- Natural Salts:
You will probably be surprised to find that salt is actually quite versatile.
One use is for clean refrigerators. A mix of salt and soda water can be used to wipe out and deodorize the inside of your refrigerator. You won’t have to worry about harsh chemicals near your food that way. It can also be used on sink drains. Merely pour a mixture of salt and hot water down the sink regularly to deodorize and prevent the build-up of grease.
And, a favourite tip of waitresses everywhere… use salt to clean that glass coffee pot. All you have to do is put some ice cubes and salt to a coffee pot vigorously swirl it around. Once it’s been well coted, rinse it. The salt scours the bottom of the coffee pot, and the ice will make it easier to scrub it all. It will work without ice, however.
Well, there you have it, folks. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it’s a starting point.
There are many natural alternatives out there, you just need to look for them.