There are several non-toxic house cleaning alternatives that you can use instead of the commercial, chemical-based products. These substitutes are environmentally safe and contribute to the growth of green businesses.
You can use basic home products as substitutes for chemical household products. You can combine the products to make an effective substitute for most of the commercial available products. Listed below are some of the non-toxic housecleaning substitutes.
To make an all-purpose cleaner, you’ll need one-quarter cup baking soda and one-half cup vinegar. Mix these ingredients into one-half gallon of water. If you don’t have any baking soda, you can use two teaspoons of borax instead. You can use this solution to remove water deposit stains on bathroom chrome fixtures, shower stall panels, bathroom mirrors, and a lot more.
There are several ways to keep your home smelling fresh. You can use vinegar or baking soda with lemon juice placed in small dishes to absorb odor around your home. You can keep houseplants inside the house to reduce bad odors. Also, you can use dried herbs and flowers on bowls to keep a room smelling fresh.
The kitchen can be source of bad odor that can spread around the house. You can prevent cooking odors by simmering one tablespoon of vinegar in one cup of water. Or, you can simmer water with cinnamon or other herbs instead. To get onion or fish smells off cutting boards and utensils, you can wipe them with vinegar first before washing them in soapy water. Keep fresh coffee grounds around as natural air freshener. If you have a garbage disposal, grind up a slice of lemon in it to eliminate odors.
Bathroom mold is a common problem. A simple solution is to mix one part hydrogen peroxide with two parts water. Place the mixture in a spray bottle and spray on affected areas. The solution must be left for an hour before you rinse it off.
Carpet stains are hard to remove, but you can actually use vinegar and water solution for these stains. Place the solution in a spray bottle and apply it directly on the stain. Let it stand for a few minutes and then clean it with a brush and warm soapy water. For greasy stains, sprinkle corn starch on the spot. Wait for 15 to 30 minutes before you vacuum it off. If the carpet stain is persistent, you can make a heavy duty cleaning solution. Mix one-quarter cup each of borax, salt, and vinegar. Rub the paste into carpet and leave it on for a couple of hours. Vacuum it off afterwards.