Friday, July 10, 2015

4 All-Natural Ingredients for Home Cleaning


Green living is in. And it's not just a fad: it's a necessity, experts say. Minimizing one's impact on the environment has become a priority, what with global warming and its consequences. 

There are many ways one can live green at home. Switching to all-natural home products is among the simplest steps that you can take toward a greener lifestyle.

Many commercial cleaning solutions are made with toxic chemicals that often find their way into bodies of water, causing pollution. They can be harmful to your health, too. Fumes from these cleaning solutions can induce migraines, and the ingredients may also cause respiratory allergies and skin irritations in certain cases.

All-natural alternatives pose no such risks. They're healthier for the home, for the environment, and for you and your family. They're affordable, if not readily available, too. Many of these all-natural cleaners are staples in the kitchen pantry. These four ingredients have proven to be as the most useful:


Baking soda - an all-purpose powerhouse, baking soda can scrub away dirt, grime, grease, and many unwanted spots on a variety of surfaces and materials. Its absorbent quality means it can get rid of stains. It is often used as a deodorizer too. You can, for instance, use baking soda to neutralize the odor in your trash can or your trash disposal. 

White vinegar - vinegar's high acidic content makes it a potent disinfectant. Mixed with water and a few drops of your favorite essential oil for fragrance, vinegar becomes a quick and handy go-to cleanser for various surfaces in the home. 

Lemons - similar to vinegar, this fruit has antiseptic properties thanks to its acidity. It's mighty effective against mold, and it leaves a zesty scent behind, to boot. Liquid sprays and cleansers can be made out of its juice, but its peel also comes in useful. Rubbing lemon peel over metal clears it up and gives it a good shine.

Rock salt - Rock salt is often used to scour away grease and leftover food debris stuck to cooking and eating utensils. Its abrasive quality makes it an alternative type of scrub. Using rock salt, you can also scrub out minor rusting from metal, and you can use it to clean out your oven of soot marks, grit and debris.


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