Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The 3 All-Natural Cleaning Agents for Your Home

“Eco-friendly,” “organic,’ “all-natural.” Nowadays, these tags are everywhere. You can see them on all manner of products. Confined to specialty stores in the past, healthier alternatives to food, personal hygiene, and home cleaning are now part and parcel of many big brands and retail centers. It’s a testament to how there’s a marked trend toward ethical consumerism: “buy responsibly” is, indeed, a motto growing in popularity.


In the case of household cleaning agents, one can simply go back to basics. Take, for instance, some of the ingredients you can find right in your kitchen:











Baking soda is a classic. You can use it to clean just about anything. A few tablespoons of baking soda can help you get rid of dirt, grime, grease, and other spots on many surfaces, from tiles to your carpet. Use it as a powdered scrub, or mix it with water. Best of all, baking soda doesn’t give off a harsh chemical smell. In fact, baking soda is also used to absorb and get rid of bad odors. Sprinkle some baking soda into the toilet bowl, down the sink drain, or into cat litter to deodorize.


White vinegar counts as another kitchen staple. Due to its acidic quality, it’s ideal for cleaning and disinfecting. A 50-50 mixture of white vinegar and water can wipe away stains on tile, countertops, glass, wood, and many surfaces. It keeps mildew from forming beneath rugs and carpets to boot. Simply spray the underside of your rug or carpet with a 100% solution of white vinegar, and leave as is.


Lemons and their Filipino variant, kalamansi, can be used to disinfect and deodorize. Use lemons to remove rust stains from cloth with a simple solution made from lemon juice and cream of tartar. Lemons can clean discolorations on metal, too. Brighten your metal fittings like faucets and doorknobs with a solution of lemon juice mixed with salt. Scrub grout and remove mold and mildew with ease with lemon juice and a cleaning brush.

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