It is a necessity for you to clean your home. If you don’t your house will not only look untidy and smell bad, but you could also be inviting in harmful bacteria and germs. That could cause a range of health issues, including E.coli if you fail to properly clean after preparing food. Check out some natural cleaning remedies to keep your home clean.
Whilst cleaning is essential for protecting your immune system, the chemicals in a lot of cleaning products can cause significant damage. From skin irritation and minor burns through to blindness and even death, there are a lot of risks when you choose to use chemical cleaners.
Pair those risks with the environmental impact chemicals have – including on water and air pollution and landfill waste resulting from non-recyclable plastic bottles – it’s no wonder lots of people are looking into natural cleaning remedies.
If you’re thinking about using natural cleaning products, here are some remedies you can use around various parts of your home.
Wood is a delicate material and every care needs to be taken not to strip it of its color or coating. Generally speaking, natural cleaners are excellent for wood. Again, vinegar can be used, but you need to take care as it can damage hardwood surfaces if not diluted. We recommend a cup of warm water, two teaspoons of coconut oil, a few drops of lemon oil and half a cup of white vinegar. Dab on with a microfiber cloth and you’ll have sparkling wood quickly. What’s more, vinegar is a natural woodworm treatment, so you can hit two birds with one stone so to speak.
From kitchen drains to bathroom drains, one of the grimiest and potentially grossest parts of your home lies at the end of the plughole you likely flush with water every single day. You need to clean your drains regularly in order to keep them clear of debris, to prevent blockages and to reduce horrid smells. You could use bleach or a chemical-ridden drain cleaner, or you could use baking soda and distilled white vinegar, 75g and 85ml respectively.
Concoct the mixture in a jug and then quickly pour it down the drain. You need to act fast because the mixture will fizz. Once it’s in your drain, put the plug in and leave for an hour or – for best results – overnight. Once you’re ready to use your drain again, make sure you wash the solution residue away with boiling water. Your drain will be unblocked and smelling fresh, and no chemicals are required!
When was the last time you cleaned your oven? You probably don’t remember. It’s an easy appliance to overlook when it comes to cleaning, but it does need to be looked at some point. Luckily, it doesn’t take long. When your oven is cool (ideally before bed) spray it with a mixture of 85ml white vinegar, 85ml water and 115g baking soda. Once the interior is completely coated (taking care to remove baking trays first, of course), go to sleep and wipe the mixture away the next day with hot water and a bit of soap.
Is there anything more annoying than a streaky window? We think not. Luckily, with a bit of water, vinegar and a microfiber cloth, you can have sparkling windows in no time! All you need to do is mix an equal amount of hot water and distilled white vinegar, spray it on your windows and use a microfiber cloth in circular motions to clean. Streak free and extra shiny with no strong window cleaner needed.
These four remedies should get you well on your way with natural cleaning. Do you have any suggestions of your own?
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