Household cleaning products are generally quite toxic. But, it’s not just the fumes that are worrisome. It’s also the aggressive nature of some products which in large quantities may do more harm than good to your home. Here are 5 natural alternatives that you can use to clean your house from top to bottom.
Baking soda is a good replacement grease-removing product. Sprinkling it on greasy spots and rubbing it off with a damp towel should do the trick in most cases. This also means that you don’t have to breathe in the toxic chemicals that most degreasing products contain.
Castile soap is biodegradable and non-toxic. You can use it to clean your dishes very efficiently. If you run into grease spots that don’t come off easy, you can throw baking soda into the mix and have an even stronger cleaning agent that’s free of toxic chemicals.
The combination of vinegar and water is a classic cleaning agent used to clean and shine surfaces and windows. You can use white vinegar and water in equal parts to clean even the dirtiest windows. However, there is a risk of damaging wooden window frames, so you’ll want to wipe it down quickly.
A very popular alternative to bleach, lemon juice has multiple benefits. It smells nice and it’s able to clean septic systems which don’t work with bleach.
To make a powerful lemon juice cleaning agent, you’ll want to add two teaspoons of lemon juice and half a cup of hydrogen peroxide to two cups of water. It won’t be as strong as bleach on difficult stains, but it is safer to use and should be more than enough if you clean your house regularly.
Tea Tree Oil
This is another natural disinfectant that you can use around the house. It has antibacterial qualities and can be sprayed from a bottle. Mix the oil with water and use it in the kitchen and the bathroom. Just make sure that you don’t drink it because it is toxic. Even so, it’s still one of the best natural chemical-free disinfectants.