When it comes to effective housekeeping, the common approach for many is to rely on a complete set of modern and expensive cleaning materials and ingredients like ammonia and bleach. Ammonia and bleach get the job done fast, but using these commercial cleaners always come at a cost. According to the American Lung Association, there are a number of popular cleaning products and agents that can affect one’s health. If not used properly, these commercial cleaning agents can irritate the eyes, cause headaches and pollute the environment. And the culprit? The presence of ammonia,bleach and other volatile organic compounds or VOCs in the cleaners and solutions. Some of these commercial products that contain these volatile substances are chlorine bleach, detergent, air fresheners and aerosol sprays. By using these products, the health of household members can be compromised, and the environment may get polluted. But you don’t need to suffer just to make sure your home is clean. There are non-toxic, natural and organic cleaners that can be found in your kitchen that can help you maintain the cleanliness of your home, without the usual health risks.
Natural Floor and Drain Cleaners
Did you know that apple cider vinegar can also work as a natural cleansing agent? Aside from its anti-bacterial qualities which works against acne, this kitchen ingredient can also work on cleaning and maintaining the drains and the floor. As a drain cleaner, simply combine 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar with 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup salt. Pour this mixture down the drain, rinsing it with water after 3 hours.
Highly rated vacuum cleaners are the most common devices used in cleaning wooden floors and floor infested by pet hair and furs. With a simple touch of the button, the vacuum cleaner can instantly collect the pesky dirt on the floor. But it is not every time that your vacuum cleaner can clean up all the dirt and grime on the floor and tiles. For persistent dirt and grime, you can still use apple cider vinegar, combined with warm water.
Natural Glass Cleaner
Again, cider vinegar serves as a critical element when mixing a solution to work as a natural glass cleaner. To make this natural glass cleaner that can work on mirrors and windows, you’ll need 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol and a drop or two of orange essential oil to keep the glass smelling fresh. Just combine all these ingredients before using on the dirty glass or windows. Spray the solution on a soft cloth first before applying it on the window or glass. Don’t try to apply this on the windows during a hot day since the mixture will dry out faster, and may leave ugly marks on the windows.
Who says you need to spend a fortune to keep your house clean? You just need to raid the kitchen and take a good look at what’s available. You will be surprised that the most effective cleaning agents can be found in the kitchen!