Everyone should have a natural cleaning solution on hand. You know the ones, they’re the little bottles of white vinegar you use in your kitchen for everyday food stain removal or to polish your furniture. I’d be remiss if we didn’t mention soap. Here are 9 essential things for your natural cleaning arsenal.
Baking soda. This is one of those must haves that many of us already own. Use baking soda when you really need a light abrasive. Also known as sodium bicarbonate, baking soda is a naturally occurring, nontoxic, pH balancing substance. Other ingredients cleaning products made with baking soda include: toothpaste, orange juice, shampoo, mayonnaise, toothpaste, mouthwash, shaving cream and more.
Borax. This is one of those ingredients we think we need to stick to, but that we really should be cutting out. Borax is made from hydrogen and oxygen and is commonly found in laundry detergents, mouthwash, and toothpaste. Other natural cleaning agents made with borax are shampoos, floor wax, fabric softeners, homemade cleaning products such as mops and polishes, and more. For best results, Borax should be used on raw foods, meats, fish and poultry products, and eggs.
Natural cotton balls. Many house cleaning products contain some kind of synthetic substances or chemicals. Those substances can end up in our soil, our water, our air, and eventually, into our bodies. By using natural cleaning agents made from cotton balls, you can cut out some of the dangers that synthetic chemicals present.
Bleach. While using bleach to clean is a good idea, it can actually harm your health. Using too much bleach is especially dangerous because the chemicals can irritate your eyes and skin. Also, it is not recommended that you use bleach to clean your windows, walls, or toilets, as doing so can result in serious problems. Bleach is one of the common ingredients found in most household cleaners. Many cleaning products contain bleach.
Baking Soda. Although bicarbonate of soda isn’t considered a natural cleaning agent, many people still use it. In fact, bicarbonate of soda serves a number of different functions. It is a cheap and effective abrasive, which can be found in a wide variety of cleaning tools and products. Baking soda absorbs harmful liquids and chemicals and relieves dryness and itching. Baking soda has natural cleaning agents like sodium bicarbonate and potassium carbonate that act as antioxidants and cleansers.
Natural detergent. Natural detergents are a great alternative to synthetic cleaning products. They are also known to be non-toxic and environmentally friendly. When purchasing natural detergent, make sure to look for the ingredient manganese sulfate.
Salt. There are two ways to use baking soda: one is to sprinkle it onto your stain and then work the substance into the stain, or two, you can take a pinch of the substance and rub it on your dirty clothes. The magnesium content of the substance helps lift dirt and soil from clothing fibers. Another benefit of using salt is that it is less expensive than baking soda and more affordable. You can also mix the substance with other substances, such as vinegar, to freshen up your bathroom. Some people also combine borax and salt to scrub stubborn stains.
Borax and vinegar. There are seven DIY natural cleaning products that you can make from vinegar and borax. First, you need to buy or make a gallon of each substance. Next, you mix the substances and pour them into a spray bottle.
Wipe your car. Another thing you can do is to wipe your car outside of your house. Take out your car seats and the carpet in your car. Using a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda, wipe your car seat with a mixture of lemon juice and borax. Then, use a scrubbing pad and scrub off the driveway and your driveway. Then, use a garden hose to wash your car outside of your house.
Soap. Mix a little soap and water. Use the soap to wash your windows and your kitchen windows. Then, you can use a little water to rinse your windows and a little water to clean your kitchen windows.