Store bought cleaners are filled with harmful chemicals that over time can cause health issues, including long term bronchial issues, and even cancer. Rather than taking the chance of developing long term health issues, I’d rather use more gentle cleaners.
There are many inexpensive, easy-to-use natural alternatives that can safely be used in place of commercial household products. Here is a list of common, environmentally safe products which can be used alone or in combination for a wealth of household applications.
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9 All-Purpose Cleaners for the Home
- Baking Soda – cleans, deodorizes, softens water, scours.
- Soap – unscented soap in liquid form, flakes, powders or bars is biodegradable and will clean just about anything. Avoid using soaps which contain petroleum distillates.
- Lemon – one of the strongest food-acids, effective against most household bacteria.
- Borax – (sodium borate) cleans, deodorizes, disinfects, softens water, cleans wallpaper, painted walls and floors.
- Distilled White Vinegar – cuts grease, removes mildew, odors, some stains and wax build-up.
- Washing Soda – or SAL Soda is sodium carbonate decahydrate, a mineral. Washing soda cuts grease, removes stains, softens water, cleans wall, tiles, sinks and tubs. Use care, as washing soda can irritate mucous membranes. Do not use on aluminum.
- Isopropyl Alcohol – is an excellent disinfectant. (It has been suggested to replace this with ethanol or 100 proof alcohol in solution with water. There is some indication that isopropyl alcohol buildup contributes to illness in the body.)
- Essential Oils – essential oils such as tea tree oil, peppermint oil, citrus oils or lavender oil can kill bacteria and mold. They’re very strong, so don’t go overboard.
- Liquid Castile Soap – This plant-based soap loosens grime naturally. It can be used to clean bodies, homes, floors, counter tops, or stains on carpets and rugs.