Living a simpler, more healthful life is the goal for many families today and eliminating the use of harsh chemicals and toxic ingredients from their home environment is a great way to accomplish this. If you would like to live in a naturally clean, fresh home, but aren’t sure where to begin, you can start by taking a short walk to your pantry or kitchen cupboard.
Basic Pantry Ingredients Have Provided Safe Cleaning Power for Generations
Our great-grandmothers did not have shelf after shelf of commercial cleaning products to choose from when they shopped, nor did they have the funds to purchase a product for each type of cleaning chore they needed to do. Instead, they opted for basic, economical ingredients that could be used in many different ways around the home. The cleaning needs of today can actually be handled just as effectively. Here are four of these very versatile ingredients and some information to help you get the best results from their use.
Much more than just a rising agent for baked goods, baking soda is an inexpensive cleaning and freshening agent for many uses in the home, including:
- A carpet freshener – just sprinkle onto carpets, allow to sit for a few hours or overnight and then vacuum off to refresh carpets and help remove odors
- A safe cleanser for tile, porcelain, sinks and counters – sprinkle some on a damp sponge, scour and rinse to remove stains, odors and stubborn dirt
- A polish for silver – make a paste of 3 parts baking soda and one part water and use to polish silver, then rinse and dry thoroughly
- A laundry freshener – add one-quarter cup of baking soda per load to get cleaner, fresher laundry
Whether you use fresh lemons or bottled lemon juice, it has the power to:
- Freshen the microwave – add one cup of water and two tablespoons of lemon juice to a microwavable glass cup or bowl, microwave on high until it boils and then turn it off and leave it inside the appliance for at least ten minutes to steam clean the interior before opening the door and wiping the interior clean with a soft dry cloth
- Use 7 parts water and 1 part lemon juice to make a cleansing spray – use the spray to clean and sanitize glass, counters, and mirrors, as well as sinks, to remove grime and leave a lemony-clean scent
Washing soda is found in the laundry section of most grocery stores and was once a staple in most homes. It comes in a large box that makes it very economical to use. This highly alkaline substance can help with cleaning tasks by:
- Adding 1/4 cup to each load of laundry to boost detergent action
- Adding 1/2 cup to a gallon of warm water to make a powerful, yet safe cleaner for floors and walls
Distilled White Vinegar
Most of us already have a bottle of distilled white vinegar on hand to use in recipes, but this tangy liquid is also a wonderful cleaning and freshening agent.
Use distilled white vinegar to:
- Wipe window and door sills clean to remove much and stains and discourage insect activity
- Use at 50/50 concentration with water as a spray to remove grease, clean glass, mirrors and sanitize cutting boards and food prep areas
If you have doubts about whether these cheap, readily available ingredients can handle tough cleaning tasks, consider scheduling an eco-friendly cleaning company, like Mopfrog of The Hamptons to come clean your home. Their all-natural cleaning methods have convinced thousands of customers that a natural clean is a healthy clean.