You might be tired of all the cleaning products you keep bringing from the store and that tiredness is not necessarily a result of the home cleaning. All those products fill your home with a variety of chemicals and toxins, and fill your house with unhealthy surfaces that you can come in contact with. You don’t have to deal with all this, you know. There is a very simple remedy to all your ailments concerning the poisonous detergents you bring home. And that remedy – or remedies, to be exact – can be found in your kitchen cabinets.
Enter baking soda, vinegar, salt, and lemon juice – the “magnificent four” of home cleaners.
Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be – these same products have been used in house cleaning for hundreds of years, long before all the specialised and labelled products came to be. Ask your grandmother how she dealt with carpet cleaning. It definitely wasn’t with hazardous waste that emits all sorts of unhealthy vapours which assault your health on a daily basis.
The safety of these products is unquestionable – all of them are completely safe, and are harmless for children. They can even be consumed and – besides the bad taste in your mouth – will not have a bad effect. They don’t leave surfaces untouchable until the product completely sinks in. They are both cleaners and disinfectants. They kill odours and replace them with fresh smells. And, above all, they do no harm to the environment. Nature will not have to suffer labelled products’ polluting effects – the home cleaners are basically natural products returning to nature when used.
Baking soda and vinegar are the two most popular of the bunch. They have been feuding over the title of best home-made cleaner ever since people discovered their properties as such. Between the two, no stain can ever be impossible to remove, and it takes between seconds and a few hours for the most difficult of them. Carpet and oven cleaning are no longer touch chores, but merely diligent scrubbing you do for a certain amount of time until they become spotless. The simplicity of their use is unquestionable – the instructions almost always end at “add water” or “add to cloth”. The same simplicity makes them superior to all those products in the store that require X amount of time spent waiting for the water to fully absorb it and Y amount of time scrubbing until the effect takes place.
Salt and lemon juice are less used, but they have their own traits that make them perfect for your house cleaning. Salt can remove even the toughest stains and grease spots from plates, so dish washing is less of a chore. Lemon juice, on the other hand, with its acidic properties, can eat through most tougher stains, and in the same time it disinfects and leaves a fresh smell behind. They fight off bacteria and make for a better household.
So when it comes to cleaning products, if you are not willing to spend the extra cash on a specialised green product, then at least use your own green products found in your cupboard. They work equally well as the hazardous stocks in shops, but will leave your house a clean and healthy place with the added bonus of doing no damage to the environment.