The supermarket is loaded with lots of green cleaning products laden with drawbacks and false claims. How can consumers find real cleaning products that are safe for the environment?
- Potential adverse reactions due to the chemicals involved.
- Potential damaging to the environment.
With all of that in mind, consider these naturalistic means from for keeping your house and business clean.
Lemons are well suited to antiseptic, antibacterial cleaning and their high acidity also kills odor. Here are a handful of ideas for cleaning with lemons.
- Restore your copper’s shine by dipping half a lemon into either baking powder or salt, then use the mixture to scrub the shine back.
- Lemon juice and baking soda is all you need to clean plastic containers.
- Pour lemon peel and white vinegar into a mason jar. Let it marinate for several days, straining the peel out and use this lemon vinegar solution to clean just about anything.
- A small vessel of vinegar and lemon juice is a very powerful air purifier.
- A slice of lemon is perfect for cleaning a chopping board of any microorganisms.
#2 Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate)
A paste of baking soda and water gives you an excellent tool for scrubbing rust; add more water to the solution to make it more of a liquid and you have a great general cleaning solution that really tears into grease.
#3 Oven Cleaner
A thick paste of baking soda and water is perfect for cleaning ovens. Smear it along the oven’s bottom and allow it to settle for a few hours. Once the paste sets, scraping it away will take the oven’s nastiness along for the ride. Remember to wipe afterward.
#4 Purify the Toilet
If you want a clean toilet bowl, add one cup of baking soda to the bowl and allow it to remain for at least one hour. Next, add a cup of white vinegar and allow it to stay an hour. Finish with a flush of the toilet and you will have a crystal-clear commode.
#5 Clean Clothes
Baking soda, when added to the wash, does wonders to soften clothes and extricate any nasty smells.
#6 White Vinegar
This substance is weakly acetic, making it a versatile, antibacterial cleaner. Vinegar can remove cloth stains when diluted with water and kills stenches when paired with lemon juice. Simmering a mixture of vinegar and water can stop any unpleasant odors incurred while cooking; even smells like fish and garlic become neutralized.
#7 Wash the Dishwasher
The next time you can run the washer, fill a dishwasher-safe bowl with 2 cups of white vinegar and place it on the top rack with nothing else inside. After running the washer for a single cycle, you will have purged the appliance of any lingering odors or bacterial life.
#8 Clean Your Kettle
Boil a 1:1 ratio of water and either vinegar or lemon juice into your kettle, then rinse the kettle through after it has had a little time to cool off, but not so long that it goes cold.
#9 Do the Windows
A spray bottle filled with a 1:1 ratio of white vinegar and water, paired with a cleaning cloth is all you need to tackle dirty windows and mirrors.
#10 Treat Your Tiles
Bathroom grout is a great vector for mold unless you treat it with equal parts carbonated water and white vinegar. Just spray the mixture over the mold to remove most issues; if some grime seems resistant, add baking soda, two parts, and slather the paste over the grout and allow it to penetrate for at least 15 minutes before scrubbing.