We work hard to have a clean home, and yet so many of the products we use are nothing but dirty. They are filled with nasty chemicals that can be dangerous to our health. Sadly, these products also have a negative impact on the environment. We are left to decide between a home that sparkles and the obvious decision to be healthy. Should we have to decide between the two? Of course not! Luckily, there are a few clever green house cleaning hacks that really work. You will see that most of the ingredients needed are probably already in your pantry. The only side effects here will be a clean home that is safe for you and your family. Also, the ingredients used to make these green cleaning products are very cost effective.
Chemical Warfare In Your Kitchen
The list of harmful chemicals in conventional cleaners is frightening. Ranging from chemicals that will cause respiratory issue to ones that will lower sperm count, It’s a chemical warfare in your kitchen, not to mention your bathroom and bedroom! There are some fantastic ways to clean your kitchen without the harmful chemicals.
- Vinegar All-Purpose Cleaner: Simply mix 3/4 of white vinegar with 1/4 cup of water in a spray bottle and voila, you have a fantastic household cleaner that will also work wonders to clean just about every surface in your kitchen, even your stainless steel.
- Olive Oil or Avocado Oil For Stainless Steel: While the kids might think that their hand prints are a lovely artistic addition to your stainless steel appliances, most of us would beg to differ. Once you have cleaned your stainless appliances with the Vinegar cleaner mentioned above, use olive or avocado oil to really polish it up and give your appliances some shine. Using the oil in a convenient spray can really simplifies the job. Make sure to wipe it off with a soft cloth.
- Cotton Swabs: These little gems are a great tool to remove dirt from nooks and crannies, especially around the sink. They get into those little grooves in the drain and the cotton does a great job of holding onto the dirt and grime.
- Baking Soda, Water and a Nice Castille Soap Such as Dr. Bronner’s: This is a winning combination for tough stains and grease. Castille soaps come in a variety of natural scents, which is a nice bonus.
- Warm Water and Vingegar Soak for Stovetops: Make the above vinegar cleaner with warm water and spray generously on the stove top. Allow the mixture to sit for several minutes and wipe with a gentle cloth. This is a great way to loosen those nasty food particles that become “glued” to your cook top!
Clean and Comfortable in the Bedroom
One of the biggest cleaning concerns in the bedroom is the mattress. It is a pricey item that you don’t want to have to replace too often. It is a good idea to clean your mattress when you change your sheets each week.
- Use Baking Soda To Clean Your Mattress: Generously sprinkle baking soda on your mattress and leave for several minutes. Vacuum the mattress and enjoy a good night’s sleep.
- Add 1 Part Borax to 3 Parts Baking Soda to get stains out of your bedroom rugs as well as carpets throughout the rest of your home. This combination is especially effective on urine stains. Simply pour it over the stain and allow it to sit for 5 minutes before vacuuming. Be sure to pour enough borax and baking soda over the stain so that the top layer of your mixture is dry. Straight baking soda can be sprinkled on your carpets for every day vacuuming jobs. Again, simply leave the baking soda on for about five minutes before vacuuming.
Getting the Bathroom Super Clean
When we think of hard to clean areas, we usually think of the bathroom. Let’s face it, there’s a toilet in there! Need I say more? It’s probably the least favorite spot for most people to clean, but unfortunately it has to be done. We tend to migrate toward the harshest of chemicals in the bathroom because we think that’s what we need to get the job done. It can also be one of the most dangerous places to use conventional cleaners because our bathrooms tend to be smaller than other rooms in the house. The greater the confinement of the room, the greater concentration of harmful chemicals for you and your family to inhale. In addition to the all-purpose cleaner recipe mentioned above, here are some of the best bathroom cleaning secrets out there.
- Clean Your Toilet Brush with a 3/4 Vinegar and 1/4 Water solution in a spray bottle and then leave the brush under the lid to dry. Don’t forget to clean the toilet brush with your all-purpose cleaner.
- Spray Your Shower or Tub Daily with a solution made from 1/3 Cup of Vodka, 3 1/2 Cups distilled water and 15-20 drops of Malaleuca, more commonly known as Tea Tree Oil. Simply combine in a spray bottle and give your tile and curtain liner or door a quick spritz after using the shower or bath. I find it helpful to wipe down the tile first using a soft, absorbent towel.
It’s All In The Wash
Who doesn’t love doing laundry? OK, probably nobody. But most of us do love clothes and towels that smell fresh and clean. Here are a few tricks to use in the laundry room that are simple and won’t leave you hung out to dry.
- Line dry your clothes. Not only does this keep your whites even whiter, but by not using the heat from the dryer, you aren’t setting stains you may have missed.
- Dryer Balls can be easily and inexpensively purchased online. They keep your clothes soft and static free without the chemical culprits found in dryer sheets.
- Add A Drop Of Lavendar Essential Oil or your favorite scented oil to your dryer balls for a fresh, clean scent.
Saving Money Is The Only Side Effect
As you can see, there are plenty of cool household cleaning hacks out there to eliminate harmful chemicals from your cleaning regimen. These ideas are easy to implement and can really simplify your transition to a greener way of cleaning. And the greatest thing about these hacks is that they are super inexpensive and most of the cleaning concoctions can be made with products you already own. Happy Cleaning!