Homemade organic cleaning products saves you from these health hazards whilst saving you a good amount of money too.
Vinegar, due to its acidic nature and antibacterial properties makes for a great surface cleaner in the kitchen and bathrooms. Mix one cup of vinegar in a bucket of water or, in a spray bottle and use it to clean windows, mirrors, toilets or just about anything.
Baking soda can be used to remove stains from kitchen platforms and bathroom floors. Mixed with a little salt, it becomes a great scrubber. You can even use it clean the insides of your oven or refrigerator.
Lemon juice cuts grease, prevents growth of mould, gives a natural shine besides being great smelling. It also is the most effective against household bacteria.Add it to vinegar or olive oil for a double shot cleaning boost which is also pleasant smelling.
You can also add essential oils like peppermint oil, tea tree oil etc to add a pleasant aroma as well as benefit from their antibacterial properties. Essential oils also reduce stress, calm you down and freshen up the environment.
Commercial air fresheners mask smells and coat nasal passages to diminish the sense of smell. Some natural ways to keep your home fresh smelling are:
1. Baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice in small dishes absorbs odors around the house.
2. Having houseplants helps reduce odors in the home.
3. Prevent cooking odors by simmering vinegar (1 tbsp in 1 cup water) on the stove while cooking. To get such smells as fish and onion off utensils and cutting boards, wipe them with vinegar and wash in soapy water.
4. Keep fresh coffee grounds on the counter.
5. Grind up a slice of lemon in the garbage disposal.
6. Simmer water and cinnamon or other spices on stove.
Of the various commercial home cleaning products, drain cleaners, toilet bowl cleaners and oven cleaners are the most toxic. Use the formulas described above or purchase 'green' commercial alternatives. Avoid products containing ammonia or chlorine, or petroleum-based chemicals; these contribute to respiratory irritation, headaches and other complaints.
Cleaning naturally and organically is not difficult at all. All it needs is the intention and some time on your part to make the cleaning supplies. This is easily doable as you can make supplies for a month and store them. Once you start using homemade supplies, you will see a marked difference in your family's recurrence of allergies and breathing problems. That you will also see a marked difference in your savings is another reason to go for it.