3 Natural Alternatives for Your Cleaning Routine

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Did you know that the cleaning products you use every day can be doing more harm than good? Commercial cleaning products for bathrooms, kitchens, and furniture contain harmful chemicals that can linger in the air and on surfaces, compromising the health of your family. Discover three natural alternatives you can add to your cleaning routine.

Easy-to-Find Natural Cleaning Alternatives

You probably have all the ingredients for making your own cleaning solutions. All you need are baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice for cleaning anywhere in your home. Natural products also improve the air quality of your home by keeping the air smelling fresh and not releasing toxic fumes. Get rid of the harsh chemicals and look inside your pantry instead.

Baking Soda

With its slight abrasive quality, baking soda makes an excellent scouring powder. Sprinkle baking soda on baked-on foods in cookware and let the solution set for a few minutes. Then, rinse with water, and your pan shines again. Baking soda is also great for cleaning your oven, too. Sprinkle dry baking soda on surfaces and scrub with a dry cloth. The baking soda absorbs grease and lifts off grime. 

Mix 1/4 cup of baking soda in a spray bottle and fill the bottle with water to make a general, all-purpose cleaner. Or add 1/2 cup to your washing machine for clean laundry. Sprinkle baking soda on carpets before vacuuming for a fresh smell. Clean toilets with baking soda and a few drops of lavender essential oil. Lavender oil has natural antibacterial properties and works great in the bathroom.

White Vinegar

Mix 1 cup of white vinegar into 2 gallons of water to make a floor cleaner. Make your own window cleaner using a spray bottle filled with one part of white vinegar and three parts of water. This solution is a great, streak-free cleaner for windows, glass doors, and mirrors. Add 1/4 cup of vinegar to your laundry to brighten whites without bleach. Place 1 cup of vinegar in a sink full of water to make a solution for cleaning hardwood, laminate, and tile floors, or use it for spot-cleaning carpets.

For shiny faucets, dampen a towel in vinegar and wrap the towel around the taps. Let the wrap sit for 30 minutes, then wipe them clean. For a fresh smell, place lemon or orange peel in a quart-size jar. Pour white vinegar into the jar until the peels are submerged. Cover and set in a dark cabinet for two weeks. Shake the jar every few days. Strain with cheesecloth to remove the peel residue. For cleaning, dilute with two parts water and one part citrus vinegar.

Lemon Juice

Cleaning with lemon juice can leave your housing smelling fresh. Mix 12 cups of water, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, and 1 cup hydrogen peroxide to create an all-purpose cleaner. Mixi 1/4 cup of lemon juice and 1/2 cup of olive oil to make a wonderful furniture polish. Add a few drops of lavender or another favorite essential oil for a pleasant fragrance.

Ditch the brand-name cleaners and try mixing your own instead. Baking soda, vinegar, and lemon juice can take care of every cleaning need in your home. Using natural cleaning products can help you and your family breathe easier.  

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