Most of us have the ‘cleaning products’ stash under the sink; bottle after bottle of strong-smelling chemicals we use to scrub the soap scum off the shower or clean the sink. Many of those expensive, irritating chemicals simply aren’t necessary. Here are the four essential ingredients to keep on hand for keeping your home clean without those chemical irritants.
- Distilled white vinegar. Many object to using white vinegar for cleaning due to its strong smell. Luckily, it doesn’t last long and you can neutralize a lot of the smell using lemon juice or essential oils. Its acidic nature makes it perfect for DIY home cleaning. Toss a ½ cup into your laundry load for brighter colors and natural fabric softening. Accidentally leave your clothes in the washer too long and get that mildew-y smell? Run them through the washer one more time, with a cup of vinegar. The vinegar will take care of the mildew smell and leave your laundry fresh.
- Lemons and lemon juice. Lemon juice, mixed with salt to form a paste, can be used to remove tough rust stains. Soak clothing in cut up lemons and lemon juice mixed with water for a natural alternative to bleach for whitening. Clean your microwave by placing a bowl with about three-fourths of a cup of water and the juice of half a lemon inside, bring to boiling. Allow to sit undisturbed for ten minutes. Use a cloth to wipe away all the food and stains inside.
- Baking soda. Everyone knows that keeping an open container of baking soda in the fridge will help neutralize odors, but there is a lot more to baking soda’s cleaning powers! Take a damp sponge and shake baking soda onto it – clean your bathroom to a sparkling shine! If you’ve got a drain that is draining slowly, you can clear it by pouring a ½ cup of baking soda down, followed by a ½ cup of vinegar. Make sure you cover the drain with a damp cloth – remember, when vinegar and baking soda meet there’s a bit of a volcano effect. Wait five minutes, then run water for at least thirty seconds down the drain.
- Borax. The all-purpose ingredient your grandmother swore by, Borax is making a comeback for use in household cleaning. If you have a problem with odors in your pet’s bed, mixing Borax with hot water in a spray bottle and spraying the area will help. Borax can also be used to make your own laundry detergent, clean the inside of your dishwasher, and more.
Keeping these four ingredients in your home will help you keep a clean home the green way. While we gave you a few ideas, you can find more in-depth thoughts and cleaning recipes elsewhere. A few sites we like include this article on Good Housekeepig about using baking soda, Borax’s own list of suggestions for their 20 Mule Team Borax, this article on cleaning with lemon juice from the DIY Network, and these tips and tricks from The Vinegar Institute. While you keep your home clean naturally, remember that Corley is here to help when you have those issues that can’t be fixed with Borax or lemon juice. For your HVAC, electrical, or home plumbing needs, you can give us a call at (864) 661-2811 or contact us online today!