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DIY Household Cleaners

diy-cleanersWise consumers very well know that household cleaners are quite pricey and harmful to our health because of the chemicals used to manufacture such products. Furthermore, the processes that manufacturing go through to produce household cleaners require tons of fossil fuels to keep it running. Indeed, not a very wise move, right? Nevertheless, there are a lot of ways on how you can keep your house spic and span without sacrificing your health and the environment. Here are some of the best picks for meticulous consumers that’ll surely keep those stains away for good.

One of the basic knowledge that you should obtain when you want green household cleaners is a list of the main green substances that you can use and mix with water or other solvents. The top substances for green DIY cleaning at home include baking soda, lemon, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide.

Baking Soda

Household-Cleaners-03This ingredient is a staple in home cleaning. Whether you mix it with water or with vinegar, baking soda is a must have in cleaning stains and in areas where food is being processed like kitchen counters. To clean kitchen counters, sprinkle a pinch of baking soda on counters and scrub well with damp sponge. For tougher stains, make a gluey form of baking soda first before putting it on the stain. Let it stay for awhile before scrubbing the spot with sponge. This tip also works on refrigerators and cutting boards to keep these areas clean at all times. Baking soda is also known as natural absorbent of odors. A box of baking soda placed in cupboards or in enclosed areas can it at bay from bad odor while it also eliminates stale smell of food containers by soaking it with baking soda and warm water overnight. Pet odor can also be removed by brushing its fur with baking soda solution. Baking soda also does wonders to the laundry as it helps remove stains in clothes and to keep it fresh smelling all day long. Baking soda is also beneficial in places outside the house like swimming pools, lawn furniture, and grills. Mildew in swimming pools can be removed by treating it with baking soda mixed with warm water while lawn furniture can be cleaned with a quarter of water and ¼ cup of baking soda. Did you know that this product also work wonders on clogged drains? Pour a half cup of baking soda followed by boiling water and half cup vinegar. Baking soda is indeed an all-around purpose cleaner sans the sting and the toxins.

Lemon

Household-Cleaners-04The wonders of lemon are known since time immemorial. It has been known for its acidic state and its antibacterial properties to items and health. A combination of lemon juice and salt definitely makes a good solution of sink cleaner while soaking faucets with lemon juice then scrubbing it off can certainly loosen mineral deposits in the said area. This is not only best to disinfect it, but it’s also useful in saying goodbye to clogged drains and plumbing costs in the long run. It also removes odors naturally by cutting a lemon rind and tossing it into the source, which could be a garbage bin. Meanwhile, it cleanses oven spills and oven tops while leaving it fresh smelling by combining lemon juice with water, leaving it for awhile, and then scrubbing it off afterwards. Lemons are good in laundry, too. Scrub a freshly sliced lemon on to stains, leave it in container with warm water for a few hours, and thoroughly wash it later. Lemon also gets rid of heavy smells from food like onions, garlic, and the likes on cutting boards.

Vinegar

Vinegar is renowned to soften grease, remove mildew, odors, and stains. Vinegar and lemon have very similar properties, making them indispensable products in cleaning household spots and kitchen areas the green way. However, vinegar has higher percentage of antibacterial properties than lemon, reportedly killing about 90% of bacteria and 80% of viruses on the spot. Aside from that, it’s also used to bring back the natural glow of wood flooring by mixing ¼ cup of vinegar with 30 ounces of warm water. It can also remove spots in carpets by mixing detergents and soap together and rinsing it with vinegar. Keep glass windows dazzlingly clean by mixing 2 tablespoons of vinegar with warm water and rubbing it off onto glass windows.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Household-Cleaners-05Hydrogen Peroxide is another indispensable product in cleaning the house the green way and researches showed that it can help clean your home and your clothing in tons of ways. Hydrogen peroxide is not harmful to health, making it beneficial when cleaning kitchen areas and countertops. It is known for its strength in the removal of bathroom grout and mildews while leaving it smelling fresh all the time.     It also keeps toilet bowls, sinks, and dingy floors clean and clear by leaving a hydrogen peroxide solution in these areas for half an hour and scrubbing it after. It is also helpful in removing stains on clothing and curtains.

These green household cleaning products are cheap and practically easy to prepare. You don’t need numerous procedures and other ingredients to make it work. All you need, aside from the ingredients, are scrubs, sponges, used toothbrushes, and used sprays, and more time to clean spots and stains. Avoid harmful chemicals at home now and invest on these green cleaning products today.

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A senior writer and editor of The Green Guide and a father of 3 kids (1 girl and 2 boys). Rob's special interests include geography, enviroment study and hiking. Rob has traveled to over 100 places in 30 different countries in the past three years. His exotic and fun experiences will be talked in his new book which is going to be published soon.

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