Home care industry does not stand still, and now we can use the detergents and other means that our grandmothers and even mothers have not heard about at the time of their youth. This is true for household chemicals, care products, and medicines.
Is it possible to make your home clean without household chemicals?
In spite of all modern detergents, many people still enjoy the proven Eco-friendly cleaning products. Why? One of the reasons is that almost all chemicals, to a greater or lesser extent, are a threat to our health. Chlorine, phosphates, surfactants and other components settle on the cleaned surface and penetrate into our body when gets dry. Accumulating, they can cause allergies, lung, liver, kidney damage. Especially negative do household chemicals affect children.
Advertising specialists work very well to create in our minds the image of the perfect hostess surrounded by household chemicals. However, behind the scenes there is not only frightening composition but also a surprising fact: for centuries, the housewives have managed to keep their houses clean only with organic cleaning products.
Alternative methods of cleaning
The advantage of alternative, natural means of cleaning is that a few inexpensive and absolutely harmless components can replace many bottles of detergents from the supermarket.
It’s a universal tool that is perfect both for washing clothes or dishes and cleaning various surfaces.
Mustard has excellent fat dissolving properties, so it is very useful in the kitchen.
- To clean the gas stove, prepare a solution of a glass of water and two to three tablespoons of mustard powder. Apply the slurry on the dirty surface with a wet sponge and leave it for 10 min. After that, wipe the stove with a sponge and rinse it. Repeat if necessary.
- You can wash dishes with mustard. To do this, mix a tbsp of baking soda and three tbsp of mustard in a half-liter jar. This solution can remove any dirt from dishes, but if you do not have enough foam add a little soap. This detergent will wash away any grease and will leave no stains.
Wash silk and wool items with mustard.
The first way
15 grams of mustard to a liter of water, stir well and leave it for 2 – 3 hours.
- Drain the liquid into a bowl with hot water.
- Add hot water to the remaining mustard, settle it, and then drain again.
- Wash clothes once, if they are too dirty - twice each time using fresh mustard liquid.
- Thoroughly rinse the clothes with clean water. For woolen clothes, add a teaspoon of ammonia per
1 liter of water, for silk – 1 tbsp. of vinegar per 1 liter of water.
The second way
Wash wool and silk clothes with grease spots in the infusion of mustard. In addition, the fabric shrinks and fades less than you wash it with usual detergents.
- Put dry mustard (1 cup) to a little water and make a slurry.
- Rub the slurry through cheesecloth in warm water (40-
45 Celsius above zero) and brew it for 2-3 hours.
- Wash the clothes without soap or detergent; change the infusion of mustard 2-3 times.
Rinse the silk clothes for the last time in the water with vinegar (take about 5 tablespoons per
Mustard is useless for cleaning cotton clothes.
You can use mustard as a detergent in a washing machine. Just
An ability to absorb odors and clean the surfaces of stubborn stains makes soda one of the favorite cleaning agents for every housewife.
Baking soda can wash dishes and a lot of different surfaces.
- Soda perfectly removes plaque from tea cups.
- Cups, glasses, vases will shine if you wash them with soda. Dissolve 2 teaspoons of baking soda in a liter of water. Put the dishes into the solution and leave for a while. If the dirt is not removed completely, then slightly rub the dishes with a sponge.
- Use soda for enameled pots, if they are yellow and dark inside.
- Use soda for countertops, refrigerator and microwave oven.
- Using a mixture of a part of soda, a part of salt and 2 parts of vinegar, you can eliminate blockage in the sink. Pour this mixture, leave it for 15 minutes, and then rinse with hot water. In addition, it will help to get rid of an unpleasant odor from the sink.
- Soda will help to eliminate a bad smell in the refrigerator. To do this, put 3 tbsp of baking soda into a cup and place it in the fridge.
Do not forget to wash bins in the kitchen and in the bathroom. After washing them with soda or a yellow soap, you will not only make them clean but also disinfect them.
Baking soda is perfect for clothes of cotton and linen fibers. Even dense linen sheets will be snow white, especially in the washing machine. But it is necessary to wash at the temperature of 50-70 ° C.
Never use soda for wool and silk fabrics or they become tough, weak and can be easily damaged.
Eco friendly washing powder
The base of the powder is grated soap and baking soda. Make the soap a little dry leaving it without paper or putting on a radiator. Then, it will be easy to grate the soap. Take equal parts of grated soap and soda and use the mixture for washing. You can add a tablespoon of citric acid – it refreshes and softens clothes, as well as protects the washing machine from limescale. You can also add a tablespoon of salt - it fixes the colors when washing colored things. If you need to wash something dirtier, then add bleach.
While washing, add 1-2 tablespoons of the mixture. When washing in such a mixture, you will get an effect not worse than if you wash using usual powders. Clothes will be even fresher. Moreover, this way is more Eco friendly and cost effective.
It’s a universal tool for cleaning around the house.
- To wash the windows, dilute vinegar in water in the ratio 1:5, apply to the glass and wipe with a soft cloth. You can take lemon juice instead of vinegar.
- To remove lime spots on the sink, tubs, toilet, pour some vinegar, sprinkle a little baking soda and leave it for a while. Then you will easily clean them with a brush.
- Vinegar has a unique ability to remove odors. If there is an unpleasant smell in the kitchen after cooking (after frying fish, for instance), then pour a little vinegar into the pan and put it on slow heat.
- Greasy pots and pans are easier to wash if you add some vinegar to the water.
- If you have something burnt in the pan, pour the vinegar so that it covers the entire burnt surface, and leave overnight. In the morning, you can easily wash away everything with a sponge.
- Dissolve vinegar in water, and then pour the solution into a spray bottle. Thus, you can wash your microwave inside, enamelware, and gas stoves.
- Wooden kitchen boards require special attention. We do not even think how much microbes can accumulate in the cracks. Therefore, it is necessary to treat them with the above mentioned solution.
- To get rid of the scum in a teapot, add some vinegar to water and boil.
- By mixing salt and vinegar, you’ll get a kind of scrub. It is perfect for cleaning outer sides of the pots.
The mixture of a lemon juice and vinegar is perfect means to get rid of stains. Soak the clothes in hot water adding 3-4 tbsp of a lemon juice or vinegar per
Instead of fabric softener, use vinegar. Pour half a cup of it in the softener box in the washing machine.
Vinegar softens clothes, makes the colors bright again, and protects your washing machine from limescale better than any special means.
No smell of vinegar remains.
Lemon and citric acid
Citric acid can whiten the surface, disinfect it, and eliminate odors.
- Dissolve citric acid in water and wipe the surfaces of stove, pots and others.
- With the help of the citric acid, it is very easy to get rid of the scum. To descale the kettle, just add a little citric acid to water, and then boil the kettle several times. This method is suitable both for electric kettles and usual ones.
- You can get rid of the scale in washing machines, as well. Put two bags of citric acid directly into the drum and turn the machine on the highest temperature. The machine should run for a while without clothes. Repeat the procedure every three months.
- Lemon perfectly removes rust stains. Squeeze lemon juice on the stain and leave thus for a while.
- To get rid of the limescale streaks on the tiles and shower glass doors, use lemon. Once a week, rub the surfaces with half a lemon, leave for 10-15 minutes, rub the surface again, and rinse with water. Wipe dry the tiles and door with a cloth made of natural fabric, for instance, old soft cotton T-shirts.
To polish unvarnished wood furniture, mix olive oil and lemon juice in equal proportions, apply the mixture on a flannel cloth, and polish the surface.
This will not only give the furniture a beautiful appearance but also protect the wood from excessive humidity or dry air.
Remove these stains with lemon juice or alcohol.
Boil the kettle and slowly pour the boiling water on the spot from the height. If it is impossible to do this immediately after the stain has appeared, then pour the stain with salt, and if possible, treat with boiling water. In addition, red wine stains can be removed with lemon juice.
Yellowed sweat stains are removed with vinegar or lemon juice. Having treated the cloth, wash it with vinegar in the machine.
If the stain is fresh, put a slice of lemon on it. If the stain does not go off, wash it with yellow soap.
Other non toxic cleaning products
As an alternative means for cleaning, you can use ordinary and sea salt, soap, cooking oil, tooth powder and toothpaste, hydrogen peroxide, chalk, ammonia, beeswax, sour milk.
- Just sprinkle fine salt on the carpet, moisten it a little using a spray bottle, for example, and leave for a couple of hours. All dirt and dust sticks together with salt crystals and you can easily remove it with a vacuum cleaner.
- Slurry from salt and turpentine cleans rust sink or stove.
- Old stains will be easily washed off if you soak the clothes in salt solution for several hours. The salt will help to cope with stains from coffee, cocoa, blood, and grass. After soaking, wash the clothes with yellow soap and warm water.
- Hydrogen peroxide is perfect bleach. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide in
10 liters of hot water, add 1 tbsp. spoon of liquid ammonia. Put the clothes into the water for 30 minutes, and then rinse.
The windows can be washed in different ways:
- Cut the potato in half, rub the glass with it, and then wipe the glass with a paper or cotton cloth.
- Pour water with three tablespoons of vinegar and a teaspoon of liquid soap in a liter spray bottle. Spray the solution on the window or mirror and rub it with a cloth from natural, absorbent fibers.
In fact, house cleaning without chemicals does not require much effort. Natural household cleaners are available in every home; they are universal and able to replace many colorful bottles from the supermarket. The absence of harmful chemical ingredients will have a positive effect on the health of the whole family. Try it and you'll love it!
Author: Anna Wallace