The green movement of the late 20th and 21st century has increased the popularity of green living. Not only are people promoting the use of organic eating and utilizing herbal medical treatments, but the cleaning of homes has become natural as well. This article will provide some information on different healthy cleaning products for home use that can be created using ingredients from one’s pantry.
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda is well-known and popular option for all-natural, organic home cleaning. Its abrasive action makes it ideal as a substitute for toxic commercial scouring products, such as the Spontax brand powders and wipes. Furthermore, baking soda presents with natural deodorizing elements removing any chemical odors.
To remove grime from a bathtub or kitchen sink, merely sprinkle the powder onto a damp sponge and use on the affected area. For tough grime, it is recommended that one mix a paste using water and baking soda. Apply the paste to the affected area and leave for approximately 15 minutes until soft. Wipe away with a damp sponge.
2. White Vinegar
The acidic qualities of diluted white vinegar are highly beneficial in dissolving dirt, grime, soap scum and hard water deposits from baths, tiled surfaces, and kitchen sinks. Yet, the acidic qualities are mild enough to be used on hardwood surfaces making it useful for multi-purpose use. As with baking soda, white vinegar has natural deodorizing elements and will remove odors instead of masking them. It should also be noted that white vinegar can be added to one’s laundry acting as a sensitive skin fabric softener.
In order to clean soap scum, grime and hard water deposits on tiled surfaces, it is necessary to use a mixture of vinegar and water. After mixing the vinegar and water, spray the liquid onto the affected area and wipe away. If the affected area is significantly soiled, it is advised to heat the mixture slightly before use.
3. Undiluted White Vinegar
Despite white vinegar being highly effective as an organic cleaning product, undiluted white vinegar should be used for the stubborn stains. Unlike the aforementioned diluted white vinegar, the undiluted option can be used immediately without a need for the vinegar-water mixture.
This product is used primary for toilet bowls and showerheads clogged with hard water deposits. As a toilet bowl cleaner, it is necessary to pour the undiluted vinegar directly around the bowl and use the toilet brush to scrub stained areas. Showerheads require a soaking in the undiluted white vinegar in order to fully remove all mineral deposits. This can be completed by placing approximately 1/2 cup of vinegar is a food storage bag, then securing the bag across the head using a band. Leave the bag for a minimum of two hours and rinse the showerhead upon removal.
As can be seen, there are various options available when choosing healthy cleaning products for home use. Using the information above one is able to choose the most suitable option for the particular situation.