Author: Izzy Smith.
Using natural cleaners and green products for cleaning is a great way to have a safe and non-toxic house. There are some basic tips for green cleaning which you can utilize when cleaning the kitchen, the bathroom, the toilet and windows at your home.
1. Start With The Basics of Green Cleaning
All natural cleaning products have as ingredients the ones that you grandma used. These ingredients are not completely safe but they are not as toxic as the commercial ones. They are also much more affordable. If you want to have a good kit of natural cleaning products at home, here are the items you should buy:
- Baking soda: The more you have, the better, as baking soda is one of the ultimate natural cleaning products. You can use it for scrubbing various surfaces and in combination with vinegar and lemon.
- White vinegar: Another top product which loosens dirt from almost any surface and disinfects too.
- Lemon juice: You can use lemon to cut through greasy spots and for disinfection.
- Olive oil: If you haven’t used it, it’s time to buy some as it not only picks up dirt, but it’s great for polishing wooden surfaces too.
- Washing soda (also called sodium carbonate): This is a caustic cleaner which removes stains and it is also a great supplement for your laundry.
- Castile soap: Use as an all-purpose cleaner.
2. Commercial Green Products For Cleaning
There is nothing wrong with trying one of these green products that you can get from a shop. Some of them are great for cleaning purposes, as there is no mixing and measuring you need to do and you can use them with less effort. Of course it all depends on the surface you want to clean and its condition. Whether it is the inside of the oven, the bathtub, the windows or the hardwood, you need to do a bit of scrubbing if you want good results.
3. Green Cleaning for Wood Surfaces
Depending on the type of wood there are different recipes for using vinegar and olive oil for polishing the surface. For your wood floor mix a bucket of hot water and ¼ cup of white vinegar. For your wood furniture start by pouring 1 cup of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of oil in water.
4. Green Cleaning of Windows
Again mix 2-3 cups of water with ¼ of vinegar, take some newspaper and wipe down the windows.
5. Cleaning The OvenMost people use commercial cleaning products for their ovens because they don’t believe that any natural cleaning solution can be good enough. However, most of the commercial products are caustic and they contain plenty of toxic compounds. You can sprinkle some baking soda and some water. Leave it to soak for a night and scrub the area on the next day. If it doesn’t give you great results, use a commercial product but carefully.6. Treating the Bath Using green cleaners for your bathroom is the cleverest idea, since there is not much ventilation and it’s an enclosed area. The toxic fumes from the commercial cleaners are not safe at all. Use vinegar and baking soda instead and scrub the tiles and the glass surfaces.
Green cleaning is an easy, safe and affordable way to have a shiny clean home in an eco-friendly way. The good thing is that most of the green products you can use for cleaning purposes are already in your kitchen.