DIY Non-Toxic House Cleaning Methods
I can be a bit of a clean freak at times. I love it when my house is sparkling clean and smells like cleaners (all-natural cleaners of course!). I even enjoy the process of getting it there!
It’s so much fun to put on an audiobook (I really like Another World Audiobooks… check them out here!) or some music (Southern gospel and old country are my personal faves!) and whip the house into shape. It’s good exercise too!
So now that I’ve convinced you to enjoy cleaning your house… or at least I have tried!... Let’s talk about some ways to do that without harmful chemicals.
It is actually surprising just how effective water can be as a cleaning agent. Try it first for small spots on surfaces and other simple messes. There are also several companies that make special rags that can be used with just water to effectively clean surfaces like glass and stainless steel.
Vinegar works well for disinfecting and cleaning surfaces. It is also fantastic as a wood floor cleaner: just add about a cup to the water in your mop bucket. You don’t even have to worry about rinsing! Just be aware of what type of finish (if any) is on your wood, because some can’t handle as much moisture as others.
Castile is a more natural approach to soap. It works well as a bathroom cleaner, carpet cleaner (use it with distilled water in your carpet cleaner machine, being sure to test a small area first), tile floor cleaner, and laundry soap, to name a few! It can also be used together with essential oils for an even-more powerful cleaner that won’t negatively affect the health of you and your family. Dr. Bronner’s has a very popular castile soap that you can find here!
Baking soda is wonderful for those tough cleaning jobs where you need a scrub brush and some abrasive cleaner! I especially like it for scrubbing out tubs that have collected some soap scum and other unpleasant substances. I also use it along with hydrogen peroxide as a lightening agent in my laundry.
Natural is Cleaner!
Remember when you are cleaning, that harsh chemicals are actually less safe for us than a bit of dirt is. Bleach and other commercially-made cleaning agents are very toxic, whether we are breathing them or coming into contact with them via our skin (and keep in mind that this can happen by touching a freshly-cleaned surface, too).
So to truly keep your home clean, use safe, natural cleaners and remember that natural is cleaner!
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