Nowadays, stores shelves are loaded with toxic cleaning products designed to make cleaning tasks easier. Aside of toxic, the price of these commercial, chemical-based products can be very high. Not to mention the long-term health concerns they deliver to your family.
In Australia, more and more people are developing allergies, sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis. One of the treatments for these conditions is reducing toxic chemical in your home environment. Here are some non-toxic home cleaning and care tips for your home.
1. Homemade substitutions
There are numerous inexpensive, easy-to-use natural alternatives that you can safely use to substitute commercial household products. Below is a list with the most common ones, which can be used alone or in combination in household applications.
- Baking soda – You can use it to clean, deodorize, soften water and scours.
- Soap – Unscented soap in any form is biodegradable and can clean just about anything. Avoid soaps that have petroleum distillates in their composition.
- Lemon – This strong food acid is effective against most household bacteria.
- White Vinegar – White vinegar can be used to remove mildew, odors, some stains, wax build-up and to cut grease.
- Isopropyl Alcohol – an amazing disinfectant.
- Cornstarch – Use it to clean windows, shampoo carpets, and rugs and to polish furniture.
Combinations of the basic products listed above produce a less harmful substitution for the majority of commercial home products. Not to mention that they are less expensive. Here are some formulas for safe, alternative home cleaning products.
- All-purpose cleaner: Combine ¼ cup baking soda and ½ cup vinegar into 2 liters water. Store and keep. Use this mixture to clean water deposit stains on bathroom chrome fixtures, mirrors, windows, etc.
- Air freshener: To absorb the odors around the house mix baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice in small dishes and place them in different locations. To prevent cooking odors simmer vinegar (1 tbsp in 1 cup water)on the stove while cooking. Keep fresh coffee grounds on the counter and place bowls of fragrant dried herbs and flowers in the room.
- Window cleaner: Mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with 1-liter warm water. Use cotton cloth to clean. Avoid cleaning the windows if the sun is on them.
3. Healthy Home Cleaning Habits
Today modern homes are so small that there is very little new air coming in. Open the windows of your home from time to time so fresh air can get inside. Also, minimize dust by removing clutter that collects dust, such as magazines and newspapers. And finally, when house cleaning, the floor should be the last thing you clean. Clean shelves, window blinds and furniture first and work downwards.