Are you trying to make your house a little healthier for your family? Take a look at your household cleaning products. Are they full of chemicals you’ve never heard of or can’t pronounce? They might be harmful to your family and the environment. We’ve compiled a list of natural cleaning remedies that are just as good, if not better.
Microwave – ½ Lemon squeezed into ½ cup of water. Nuke until the liquid boils, let rest for 5 minutes, then wipe clean with a towel or sponge.
Washer – ½ Cup of vinegar with 1 cup of baking soda poured into the washer. Run washer with hot water.
Disposal – Pour ½ cup of baking soda down the drain and rinse with warm water.
Dishwasher – Run the dishwasher with hot water and 2 cups of vinegar placed in a bowl on the top rack. Then add 1 cup of baking soda onto the bottom of the dishwasher, run a half cycle on hot.
Carpet – Sprinkle baking soda to soak up odors in your carpet then vacuum it up.
Windows and Mirrors – 4 tablespoons of lemon juice mixed with a ½ gallon of water.
Laminate Floors – Mix a spray bottle full of ½ water and ½ white vinegar.
What to avoid when purchasing cleaners: phthalates, volatile organic compounds, nonylphenol ethoxylates, phosphates, petrochemicals, chlorine bleach, ammonia.
Household products to help clean:
Baking Soda – soaks up odors and helps remove stains.
Lemons – Lightens stains and removes grease
Vinegar – Cleans glass, countertops and coffee makers
Salt – When mixed with turpentine, salt can remove stains and clean appliances. More uses for salt here: How Stuff Works
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