With all the germs around us bringing all sorts of diseases, it’s normal to want synthetic disinfectants because of the strength and potency that they promise. However, it’s important to consider using natural alternatives that are safe to use not only for the environment but also for your body.
Natural cleaning options can save time, money and reduce chemical exposure. So, here are a few inexpensive, easy-to-use natural cleaning alternatives and tips that you can safely use in place of commercial toxic products.
1. All-Purpose Cleaner
You can use this to remove water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors… To make your cleaner, mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda into 2 liters of water. You can store and keep this in a plastic container.
This disinfectant isn’t an antibacterial formula. Mix 2 teaspoons baking soda or borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar and 3 cups of hot water. If you want a stronger cleaning power, then add 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap. Wipe this mixture on with dampened cloth or use in a spray bottle.
3. Air Freshener
To absorb odors around the house, mix baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice in a small bowl. You should also consider having indoor plants helps. If you don’t like fresh flowers, you can use dried flowers. Furthermore, keeping fresh coffee grounds on the counter helps. You can also grind a slice of lemon and put it in the garbage disposal. A nice trick which also keeps flies away is simmering water and cinnamon or other spices on stove.
4. Carpet stains
To clean carpet stains, you have to mix borax , 1/4 cup each of salt and vinegar. Rub paste into carpet and leave on for a few hours. Then clean using a brush or sponge with a little warm water. And for fresh grease on the carpet, sprinkle corn starch and wait for 10 to 15 minutes before you vacuum.
5. Lime Deposits
To reduce lime deposits in your kettle, mix in 125ml white vinegar and 2 cups water. Then, boil the kettle for a few minutes. Remember to rinse it well with water while it’s still warm.
If you want to remove lime scale from your bathroom fixtures, pour the juice of lemon onto affected areas. Allow it too let sit for about minutes before you wipe clean with a wet cloth.
6. Coffee and tea stains
Apply vinegar to a sponge and wipe to remove stains in cups. For cleaning a teapot or coffee maker, mix 1/4 cup vinegar and 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Allow it to cool, then wipe with a clean cloth and rinse thoroughly with water.
7. Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Mix 1 cup vinegar with 1/4 cup baking soda and pour into toilet bowl. Leave it to do its work for a few minutes. Then scrub with a brush and rinse. You can use a mixture of two parts borax and one part lemon juice for the same effect.
For that curry in your plastic food storage containers, soak overnight in warm water and baking soda
And for the dump carpet smell after that mini accident, sprinkle baking sodaand leave for several hours before vacuuming. Ans lastly for garage places or basements, simply place a sliced onion on a plate in center of room for 12 – 24 hours
9. Rust Remover
Sprinkle a some salt on the rust. Then squeeze fresh lime over the salt until it is well soaked. Leave the mixture on for a few hours. Use leftover rind to scrub residue.
10. Stickers on walls
Children love to stick stuff on doors and walls. But there comes a time when those stickers must go. So, sponge vinegar over them a couple of times and wait 15 minutes, then rub off the stickers. This trick also works wonders for price tags on your new tools.