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natural home cleaning

natural home cleaning

Thanks to common household cleaning products, we coat our living spaces with toxic, cancer-causing chemicals every day. Chemical companies run wild, with virtually no regulation on the cheap poisons they put in our every day products. Due to successful marketing, it is common for most people to assume these products are safe.

There are so many cleaning products that it is easy to become overwhelmed, but it is important to know exactly what you are bringing into your home environment. I frequently use EWG to check how safe the products I am using are. EWG uses a database to rate how safe the ingredients used in certain products are. This is particularly important in households with small children, since everything ends up in their tiny mouths. Hormone disrupting chemicals can impact their developing bodies. Decades from now, future generations will look back on today's widespread use of cheap toxins as a ridiculous hazard to public health. 

The two products that I use on a daily basis are white vinegar and baking soda.

  • White vinegar is most commonly used in cooking however, it has been used as a general household cleaner for years. Because it is a mild acid, it can dissolve stains on glass and other surfaces as well as kill bacteria and mold. It has numerous other uses but in today's post I will cover a few everyday house cleaning methods.

  • Baking soda is a salt that is used in cooking, cleaning, medicine, and many other uses. It is a very effective odor remover and works well to remove surface rust.

I'll go into more detail on all the different chemicals in another post - the list is just too long! Instead, this post contains a  few ways to make and use eco-friendly cleaners, which will get the job done much better than other toxic cleaning products. 

Carpet stain removal - using baking soda and white vinegar (which I keep in a spray bottle)

  • Sprinkle some baking soda on stain then spray vinegar on it

  • Let it sit for 1-3 minutes (depending on the type of stain you’re dealing with)

  • Use a small washcloth or old towel to rub carpet until the area is nice and clean

  • Let the wet area dry completely then repeat process if needed (older stains may take a few times to completely be removed)

If you sprinkle too much baking soda, you will need to repeat the process once it is dry. If the stain is not an old one, try removing it with just the vinegar first. 

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Kitchen cleaning - using baking soda and vinegar

You can use vinegar in a spray bottle for everyday cleaning of countertops. The smell of vinegar might be hard to get used to at first - add a few drops of lemon essential oil if you want. Keep in mind that the vinegar smell will linger for just a few minutes - I'd much rather smell that than ingest some horrible chemical. 

To clean your kitchen sink once a week do the following

  • sprinkle baking soda in sink and pour vinegar on it so they both cut through all the gunk

  • wait about 10-15 minutes before scrubbing

  • use a kitchen sponge or a dish wand and scrub the sink adding a little bit of water as you go

This is a really quick and harmless method to keep your kitchen clean and you can do it as often as you'd like. If you have a garbage disposal, dump some baking soda and vinegar down it to get rid of the funky smell. 

 

Bathroom sink, mirror, toilet, shower cleaning - Using baking soda, vinegar, eco friendly dish soap, dish wand with soap dispenser attached

  • Add equal parts dish soap and vinegar to dish wand and use to wipe down sink.

  • Keep a dish wand in your shower and you can use it to scrub down the shower or tub before or after use. This is just so quick and if you do this each time you use the shower, it will stay a lot cleaner.

  • To do heavy duty shower/bathtub cleaning sprinkle plenty of of baking soda all over the shower then some of the dish soap, followed by vinegar. Let it sit for 1-2 hours then scrub clean.

  • To clean your mirrors, use vinegar diluted with some water and spray on mirrors then wipe clean.

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Laundry 

  • Add about 1 cup of vinegar to your laundry load at the same time as detergent as a fabric softener and as a stain remover

 

Let me know if any of these work for you or if you have your own method, do share by commenting below!

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