Recently we discussed some of the problems with using harsh household cleaners. So, if we want to use less harmful cleaners, where do we find them or can we make them ourselves? All we need to do is take a short step back in time to see what our mothers and our grandmothers used for cleaning supplies. And, you may be surprised to find, that you have some of these in your cupboards and pantries right now.
White vinegar, baking soda and Borax? Who of us hasn’t heard of these items? Well, white vinegar isn’t just for cleaning your coffee maker, and baking soda has way more uses than keeping your refrigerator smelling fresh. White vinegar can be used as an all purpose cleaner for kitchens and baths. Don’t like the smell? Try adding tea tree or citrus essential oils. Not only do they help neutralize the vinegar smell, but they also have great antibacterial and antimicrobial benefits which make them great to use on kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
Baking soda combined with vinegar can be used as a drain cleaner. Mix a 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup baking soda and pour into your drain. Follow up with a 1/4 cup baking soda washed down your drains every week or so to prevent buildup and clogs. Making a paste of baking soda and water can remove stains from shower grout and be used as an oven cleaner. It can also be used to freshen carpet, laundry, trash cans and more. If you start looking you will find that it can be a great household cleaner to have on hand.
But what about Borax? Some might think that it would be unsafe, but it is a naturally occurring mineral that isn’t absorbed through the skin, doesn’t accumulate in the body and is safe for the environment. You also might not know of its many cleaning benefits. It can be used as a carpet cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, tub and shower cleaner, rust remover, and much more.
Along with the above items, essential oils are gaining in popularity for their many health benefits and cleaning uses. Besides adding a wonderful scents to our homes, they are great germicides, antibacterials, antiseptics and degreasers. Using these in home-made cleaners will keep our homes germ free and smelling like the outdoors. So, take a step outside your norm, do a little research, and you’ll find that you can make your cleaning process a healthier one for you, your home, and the environment.