Reading the ingredient lists on the cleaning products in your cupboard can be a hair-raising experience. The good news is, you don’t have to use these traditional chemical based products to have a sparkling clean home.
In fact, you probably already have many of the things you need to convert to chemical free cleaning in your house. Here are some of our favourite things to use for chemical free cleaning!
1. Vinegar: Balsamic vinegar is great on your salad, but in this case you will need white vinegar. Its natural acidity gives it the ability to cut through grease, grime, odours and if done properly, even hard water build up. Vinegar and water in equal quantities make a great window and glass cleaner, and a quarter of a cup of vinegar in a bucket of warm water makes the perfect floor cleaner (the vinegar smell will dissipate as the water evaporates).
2. Baking soda: Is great for deodorising and has even been said to kill viruses. The texture also means it is great for making a scrub. Sprinkle some baking soda over your mattress and furnishings, leave for an hour and then vacuum off to freshen them up. Or, mix one part baking soda to three parts water or dishwashing liquid to make a scrub for your stove top, oven and microwave.
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3. Dishwashing liquid: If it is good enough to clean the plates you eat off it is definitely good enough to clean your kitchen surfaces! A small squirt in a bucket of warm water makes an effective all-purpose surface cleaner that can be used on bench tops, cupboards, and even to wipe out the interior of your fridge.
4. Lemon juice: Like vinegar, lemon juice is acidic so can cut through grease and grime, with the bonus that it actually smells good! Spray lemon juice (or rub a slice of lemon) across your chopping board then rinse with water to keep the bacteria at bay, or kill mould and mildew by pouring lemon juice on any offending areas and leave for an hour before wiping off.
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5. Oils: There are a number of oils that are great for cleaning and they each have their own advantages. Essential oils, such as lavender oil, are great for making your home-made cleaning products – and therefore your home – smell good. Tea tree oil is an antibacterial, so add it to your home-made cleaning products in areas that you need to keep bacteria free. Finally, olive oil makes a great furniture polish for sealed wood furniture.
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6. Water with LESS chemicals: If you’re going to go chemical free, you might as well do it properly! Tap water may contain chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, heavy metals and lots of chlorine and trihalomethanes. Water with less chemicals is as easy as getting a Puratap water filter – you can rest assured that your chemical free cleaning will indeed have less chemicals with Puratap! http://www.puratap.com.au/
And the best bit – since these ingredients are all relatively mild and natural – you can experiment by mixing and matching to make a cleaning recipe that works for you. Reduce the amount of chemicals in your home.