Take a stroll down the cleaning aisle of your local department or grocery store and you will find an abundance of products designed to make your home look its best. Unfortunately, these readily available items contain a long list of ingredients that pose a potential health risk to you and your family. Instead, create your own homemade non-toxic cleaners that will cleanse your home without polluting the environment.
Safe and Organic Cleaners
Baking Soda – Found in the baking aisle, baking soda has long been used to deodorizer, clean, scour and soften water. This non-toxic product is safe to use around children and pets, and is relatively inexpensive.
Lemon – Lemons and its juice is an effective and all-natural cleaning agent that can kill most household bacteria while dissolving grease and grime. Wiping your linoleum floors with lemon juice will leave them shiny and smelling lemony fresh.
White Vinegar – White vinegar is a versatile and organic product that has a wide array of uses both inside the home and out. Not only can white vinegar be used as a homemade weed killer, but also it can also cut through grease, kill mold and mildew, get rid of odors and remove some stains.
Cornstarch – Cornstarch is a great safe alternative to chemically filled furniture polish, window cleaners and carpet cleaners.
Homemade Green Cleaner Recipes
For an all-purpose cleaner you can sue on windows, chrome fixtures, mirrors and to remove water deposits on shower doors, mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda with 1/2 gallon of water.
A safe homemade mold cleaner that you can use in your bathroom requires mixing two parts water with one part 3-percent hydrogen peroxide. Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and saturate the mold or mildewed areas with the solution. Wait at least one hour before rinsing the solution off with water.
If your drains need cleaned, simply dissolve 1/2 cup of salt in 4 liters of hot water and pour directly down the drain. For an even stronger cleaning, dump 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain followed by 1/2 cup of white vinegar. The chemical reaction that naturally occurs will help break up fatty acids into glycerine and soap. Wait 15 minutes and flush the drain with hot water.
If you are hiring a cleaning company to shampoo and clean your carpets consider hiring one that use organic and non-toxic products. Companies like Green Choice Carpet Cleaning use only non-toxic items to ensure your carpets are thoroughly clean and deodorized without filling your home with contaminants.