Natural cleaning products
There are natural cleaning products in your home that you can use to clean household items and keep your house smelling fresh and clean. They provide a welcome alternative to the harmful, dangerous cleaning chemicals that many people keep and use in their households. Here are some natural cleaning products and how you can use them:
- Baking soda can be used to scrub and buff sinks, counter tops, and other household surfaces just as well as abrasive commercial products. It is also a wonderful deodorant for cabinets, pantries, drawers, freezers, and other areas that tend to get stuffy and stale-smelling.
- Vinegar is probably the most useful natural cleaning product that you have in your home. It is your equivalent of an all-purpose cleaner – without the harmful chemicals! Mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle and use it to clean surfaces, sinks, floors, counter tops, and pretty much anything in your home (unless you have marble, vinegar is too acidic). The unpleasant vinegar smell will fade as soon as it dries. Even less widely known is vinegar's properties as a fabric softener.
- Lemon juice can be used to get rid of soap scum, water deposits, and various other stains. Brass and copper will look clean and shiny after being scrubbed with lemon juice, as will dishes and kitchen surfaces.
- Apple cider vinegar is less likely to cause allergies than white vinegar. To make an all-purpose cleaner without white vinegar, mix apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and water. To add an extra fresh scent, add a few drops of essential oil, boiled herbs, or grapefruit seed extract.
- For furniture polish, mix olive oil, soap, grapefruit seed extract, and water. This mixture can be used as furniture polish, leather cleaner, and stainless steel polisher. The mixture is also roughly equivalent to high end brand car cleaner for use on your vehicle.
You can also buy natural cleaning products in the co ops or now even in the mainstream grocery stores. They usually don't have a huge selection, but little by slow commercial natural cleaning products are entering the "regular" stores. The only downside to this is that they are typically more expensive than making natural cleaning products at home. If you choose to go this route, at least you buy the container at a co op and are able to wash it out at home and bring it in to refill, lowering the cost of packaging over time. All co ops have at least cleaning products which are stored and sold in bulk form, in the same kind of bulk holding bins. You can even bring in your own containers if they meet some simple requirements (you can't take in wide mouth, screw cap glass jars and expect to fill them with detergent. Save those for honey.) Check out your local co op-regulations may vary from state to state.
As you know, our natural resources are precious and depleting at an alarming rate. You can save the environment in a small way by using natural cleaning products.