Chemical filled household cleaners may not always be the solution to your problems. Sure, they can sanitise and clean your home effectively, but they can also release toxins into your rooms that you’ll end up breathing for days.
If you are looking for a more eco-friendly alternative, then you can find it here with a few inexpensive solutions:
Open Some Windows
Sometimes the air quality inside your home can be worse than the one outside. You’re breathing human and pet dander, pollen, mould and chemicals daily. These can easily flare up asthma and allergies if left unchecked for long, so you should take steps to mitigate the issue. Open your windows every once in a while and let in some fresh air from outside, especially during nighttime. That way you can avoid the noise and pollution of daytime traffic.
Using Baking Soda
You may not have been aware of the many uses of baking soda outside the kitchen, but you can use it in your cleaning routines as well. You can tackle smelly carpets by sprinkling them on the affected spots, letting them sit like that for about half an hour, and then vacuuming up the powder and the scent along with it. You can also mix baking soda and water to create an excellent oven-cleaning solution you can leave overnight and scrape off in the morning, taking away most of the caked-on fat with it. Combined with vinegar or lemon juice, it makes for a great, fizzy toilet bowl cleaner that cuts through the mould and grime on the bowl.
Lemons have powerful antibacterial and antiseptic qualities, so you can make them a natural part of your cleaning tools. Rub a slice of lemon on your cutting boards to get rid of any germs present on the surface. When you are straining out your zests, you can have a powerful all-around cleaner. You can place a lemon peel or several in a jar with vinegar for that purpose. Dip lemon halves in salt and use that to scrub copper pots back to a perfect shine.
Using White Vinegar
Speaking of white vinegar, you can use it as part of your green cleaning efforts. Its powerful antibacterial properties can be utilised to keep your home spotless. Diluted white vinegar can be used as a stain rover, just spray a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar on your windows and buff them to a shine. Simmering some vinegar when you cook a fish in your kitchen can help absorb the odour inside and keep things fresh.
Scooping up some borax with the laundry will let you help the detergent, softening up the water and brightening the colours of your fabrics. You can do the same with a bathroom scrub, restoring the shine to thus and tiles with a bit of borax. You can make an all-purpose cleaner with a teaspoon of borax, two tablespoons of vinegar and some hot water. Alongside a few drops of dish detergent and some essential oil, you can fill the rest with water. That way you can have an effective cleaner for all areas of your rooms.
Avoid Air Fresheners
You can scour your home in places in a single cleaning session. Once you finish, you can enjoy the clean smell of your home. A lot of people tend to keep that scent lingering with the use of chemical air fresheners, but the store-bought ones tend to come with unnatural additives and aromas that lower the air quality. Go for a natural alternative instead, boiling lemon, cinnamon or other plants to bring some fresh scents around your home or simply let some citrus fruit skins around until they lose their scent.