In the last couple of years there has been a push for eco-friendly alternatives, especially when it comes to house cleaning. Not only can you save money using chemical free products, you can easily rid of harsh odors and bacteria. Next time you plan on doing some spring cleaning, give these hacks a try to instantly freshen up your home.
- Baking Soda
Baking soda is a natural deodorizer that absorbs odor without damaging delicate materials. Gently sprinkle baking soda in an old pair of shoes, pages in books, or on carpets to eliminate musty, unwanted odors. Mixing baking soda with water and turning into a paste is also ideal for clearing up acne and bug bites. This inexpensive household item even works wonders on dirty dishes. Add to the dishwasher or let sit with a little soapy water to power clean scorched pans.
Lemons are known for having powerful antibacterial properties that can play an important role when it comes to cleaning the kitchen. Due to high acidic content, lemons can help restore dull or burnt pans back to their original state. Combine half a lemon with a tablespoon of salt or baking soda to regain luster in older pans. Replace chemical sprays with a homemade cleaning solution by fusing lemon peel and white vinegar for a natural disinfectant that cleans surfaces within seconds.
3. White Vinegar
Like lemons, vinegar has antibacterial properties that act as an effective stain remover and deodorizer. For those of you, who drink coffee and struggle with keeping the coffee maker clean, give vinegar a try! White vinegar helps dissolve hard to reach mineral deposits that accumulate in the reservoir of the coffee maker. Simply run the vinegar through the brewing cycle and rinse with water. You can even remove refrigerator odors by leaving a cup of apple cider vinegar for forty-eight hours.
The use of salt as a food preserver is only one out of 14,000 ways to effectively use salt. Salt is one of the most common and convenient minerals available and can be purchased pretty much anywhere. Serving as a catalyst for cleaning mixtures, salt can wipe out strong odors and even buff away rust stains. Believe it or not, salt has also been proven to eliminate wine stains. If a wine spill occurs, wipe up the excess liquid and pour salt on the stained area. The salt will absorb the color out of material fibers, including clothing.
5. Essential Oils
Essential oils are collected from healing plants that are excellent alternatives for killing bacteria and mold. The smell can be overwhelming if overused so it’s wise to use sparingly around the house. According to a study, a single drop of peppermint oil is equivalent to almost 30 cups of peppermint tea! If you have pets that scuff up wooden floors, essential oils are the perfect solution for restoring noticeable scratches. Apply two drops of tea-tree oil and distilled vinegar on a cloth and gently work over scuff marks.
Household borax is a detergent booster that is safe for the environment and has been used over the past hundred years. Keep pests such as roaches, mice, and fleas away by sprinkling borax near windows, along walls, and on carpets. Borax is also used as a cleaning solution for removing shower, tile, and tub grime.
The ingredients in toothpaste make for an excellent stain removal alternative. Tarnished silverware or chrome fixtures can be polished with a dime-size amount of standard tooth paste (paste not gel). Take a damp cloth with toothpaste and work into tarnished spots until luster returns. Make sure to rinse with water and towel dry for best results.
8. Cooking Oils
Vegetable, sunflower, and olive oil are great for cooking, but even better when used as an eco-friendly cleaning agent. Cooking oils contain moisture that restores cast iron pans, leather shoes, wood and wicker furniture, and stainless steel surfaces. Wood and wicker furniture can easily dry out and crack when exposed to the sun. Pour a small amount of oil onto a clean cloth and wipe down all visible surfaces once a month.