5 Natural Alternatives to House Cleaning Products
With Austin’s rolling hills, tall oaks and winding rivers it’s no wonder people who live here are serious about protecting our natural resources and living green lifestyles.
If you’ve been down the cleaning products aisle of your grocery store lately, chances are you’ve noticed the “green revolution” taking over and tons of new green and natural products filling shelves. But did you know you could make your own green cleaning products at home with just a few simple ingredients?
In addition to saving you money, using non-toxic products can make your home healthier and safer. Let the Austin green homes experts at Realty Austin show you how you can trade your traditional cleaners in for natural, non-toxic alternatives. Here are five natural alternatives to the traditional cleaning products that you can easily obtain:
Baking soda is used by millions as a deodorizer and is normally placed inside the refrigerator. What many do not realize is that baking soda can also be used as a cleaner for sinks, counter tops, bathtubs, fiberglass, and even ovens. Just mix it with water into a paste, place it on a sponge or scouring pad, and go to work.
Vinegar is great for dissolving soap scum, dirt, and deposits of hard water. It can be mixed in a spray bottle with water to clean glass, countertops, toilets, and ovens. White vinegar can also be used as a fabric softener replacement while doing laundry. In addition to being a dissolving solution, vinegar is also a natural deodorizer.
Washing soda is similar to baking soda, except much stronger and carrying a pH about 50% higher. It is a deodorizer like baking soda, but it’s strong enough to remove the toughest grease stains. In fact, it can even remove wax and petroleum oil. Wear gloves when using it, and avoid using on aluminum or fiberglass.
Lemon juice is used in many commercial cleaning products because of the pleasant scent it leaves behind. Lemon juice can be used as a home cleaner to clean areas with heavy bacterial buildup like cutting boards, countertops, and stovetops. It can be helpful to first sprinkle the cleaning area with salt, and then scrub it down with the lemon halves.
Most people only think of cornstarch as a cooking aid, but it can be a great natural cleaner too. When you have tough grease stains on your carpets or rugs, pour on some cornstarch, let it sit for up to a half an hour, then vacuum.