Ready to roll up those dirty sleeves and get to work? If you need some motivation for cleaning your house, you’ll want to check out these 9 Must-Read Cleaning Tips. But first of all, you’ll want to make sure you’ve selected the best household cleaners for the job.
If you’re like many these days, you’re searching the web to find the healthiest options for cleaning your home, and might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. Commercial cleaners can contain a host of toxic chemicals, most of which aren’t listed on the labels because manufacturers are not required to do so in North America. Green cleaning products are starting to become more available at many local grocery stores and health markets, but they can still cost more than the regular chemical ones. If you’re willing to approach cleaning your house with a little ingenuity, however, you might want to try making your own DIY green cleaning products at home. There are plenty of do-it-yourself home cleaner recipes available on the web, many of which call for simple ingredients that you most likely already own. For example, vinegar and baking soda are some of the most popular all-natural cleaning staples – in fact, if you have those two, you don’t really need anything else. Why do vinegar and baking soda work so well? Vinegar contains substantially-high amounts of acetic acid, which is a natural disinfectant with anti-bacterial, anti-septic, and anti-microbial properties. Vinegar can also rid your home of bad odours, and it serves as a formidable grease-cutter. Vinegar’s been used as a home cleaner for centuries and was a favourite of our mothers and grandmothers. Baking soda, on the other hand, or sodium bicarbonate, is actually a natural chemical that exists in all living things. Its abrasive qualities give it the ability to scrub away dirt and grime, and its alkaline qualities allow for it to gently dissolve grease and other hard-to-clean materials. Baking soda is ideal for cleaning and deodorizing; it can also work wonders with whitening laundry. When used together, vinegar and baking soda make for the best cleaning team ever. Got a major stain to contend with? Scrub it gently with baking soda, leave for thirty minutes, then spray with a half-and-half vinegar and water solution. The stain should wipe away easily.
Going green in your housecleaning methods doesn’t have to be an arduous task. Just take one step at a time, and slowly add new natural cleaners to your repertoire. Making your own all-natural cleaners at home will give you more confidence to start trying other new things, and it will also save you money. Vinegar and baking soda, for example, only cost a few dollars, and they will last a long time. Adding a few other ingredients like lemon, orange, or castile soap, will help widen your ingredients list without breaking the bank.
These excellent housecleaning tips come from Jenna over at the Rain on a Tin Roof website. Jenna offers tons of DIY home project ideas as well as furniture makeovers, outdoor projects and so much more. If you’re thinking of making some new changes to your home, but don’t know where to start, just stop by Jenna’s for a few helpful hints.*
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