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Natural Chemical Free Cleaning

The average household will spend thousands of dollars each year in an attempt to keep the home clean. We try to achieve this by eradicating germs, harmful insects and viruses with a large array of chemical concoctions. These chemicals are packaged as floor cleaners, detergents, toilet cleaners, bleach, tile cleaners, glass cleaners, soap, carpet cleaners and air deodorants. Large corporations encourage us, via savvy marketing and advertising campaigns, to wage chemical warfare in our homes at our own expense. 


Purchasing these expensive synthetic products are literally opening the doors to various harmful chemicals. These chemicals are harsh to our skin, harmful to our general health, exacerbate allergies and eczema. They are also very harmful to the environment when flushed away. However, there is an alternative way of cleaning using natural, easily available products that are totally devoid of any harmful chemicals. Best of all, they are much cheaper than the array of bottled chemicals you may have in your cleaning cupboard.

 

Lets take a look at some of the alternatives:

White Vinegar


Vinegar is a mild acid. It dissolves and removes grease, traces of soap, mildew and wax. It is great at getting rid of bad odors. 

Baking Soda


This is made from sodium carbonate. It is a naturally occurring substance which helps organisms maintain their pH balance. It has amazing properties of cleaning and softening water. 

 

Washing Soda


This helps remove stains, cleans tiles, sinks, tubs and softens water. 

Lemon Juice


Lemon juice will kill bacteria, deodorize, remove stains and is a mild bleach when used in sunlight. 

Borax


Borax is a soft, whitish mineral salt crystal that is extracted from hot springs and dry beds of salt lakes. It is a mild bleach and grease solvent. It inhibits the growth of mould and mildew. Borax is poisonous if swallowed, so extra care should be taken in its use and storage. 

Salt


Salt is a great scourer and disinfectant. It stops colours running in the wash. 

Eucalyptus oil


This is distilled from gum trees. It can refresh a load of washing; remove grease, gum and stubborn stains from clothing. It is a great insect repellant and is useful when washing woolens. 

Pure Soap


Old fashioned soap e.g. Sunlight or Wonder Soap are made of ingredients that are environmentally friendly. It can be used in the bathroom, kitchen laundry and in the garden as a pest spray. 

You can find all these things in your supermarket. Buying in bulk will increase your savings. My cleaning kit consists of a spray bottle of white vinegar, a large salt shaker container filled with baking soda, a small bottle of eucalyptus oil, a cake of pure soap and several re-washable cleaning clothes. The great thing about using these products is you don’t need to wear latex gloves or constantly wash your hands to remove the chemicals. Because these products aren’t poisonous, I have less concern about babies crawling on a freshly washed floor or even getting hold of my vinegar spray bottle! 

Here are a few of my most used recipes for cleaning around the house. 

Kitchen 
• Sprinkle baking soda on benches, the fridge and microwave, spray on vinegar and rinse with water. 

• Clean the floors with hot water with a cup of vinegar and a few drops of eucalyptus oil. 

• Use vinegar in the rinse aid compartment and only a tablespoon of dishwasher powder topped up with baking powder. 


Bathroom 
• Clean mirrors with a ball of newspaper moistened with vinegar 
• To clean taps rub with salt and lemon juice and polish dry. 
• To clean tiles apply borax and scrub clean with a small brush 
• To clean toilet add one cup vinegar and ½ cup baking soda and let sit for at least an hour, scrub with toilet brush. 
• Use vinegar to wash walls, toilet seat, floors, showers, window sills and mirrors. 

 

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