If you are like most of us, you have more than a few cabinets and storage areas that are crowded, disorganized and most likely spilling out into other areas of the home. Our supply closets, laundry rooms and under sink areas are often the places most affected by this problem.
These areas are where we stash the cleansers, detergents and the latest wonder products that are marketed to us as being the cleaning product we just cannot live without. Overtime, these household cleaners not only take up space and create clutter, they also can compromise the health of the people and pets living in the home.
Replacing the Many with a Well-Chosen Few
The good news, however, is that it is actually possible to replace those dozens of bottles and aerosol cans with just a handful of safe, non-toxic products. Using these all natural ingredients will save you money and space, as well as leave your home just as clean and fresh as all those cans and bottles of harsh chemicals did. Minimizing the consumption of conventional cleaners will also positively impact the environment.
Here is a quick list of five natural cleaning alternatives to get you started on the route to a cleaner and more organized supply area, as well as a safer home for you and your family.
- Household, white vinegar: Useful for cleaning surfaces, such as glass, tile, porcelain, counters, and floors. Vinegar leaves a fresh scent, neutralizes bacteria and dissolves hard water stains, mineral deposits and soap scum.
- Baking soda: Useful as a cleanser for stubborn stains, baking soda can absorb odors, clean and freshen drains and appliances and even freshen laundry.
- Hydrogen peroxide: Much healthier than chlorine bleach, hydrogen peroxide can be used with water to create a sanitizing solution for wiping food preparation areas in the kitchen as well as an excellent stain removal aide in the laundry.
- Salt: Salt is one of nature’s oldest natural cleaners. When mixed with baking soda it can create a powerful, but safe, cleanser. Salt and lemons make a great combination for polishing silver flatware and copper cookware.
- Lemons & citrus fruit: Lemon juice and lemon oil has the power to cut greasy dirt and freshen the air. Lemon and orange oil are also capable of cleaning wood surfaces while protecting the wood.