>> Feb 8, 2013
For most people cleaning the home is a task they love postponing. We all like the result, but resent the effort. If you live in a particularly big house or flat, it can be quite tough to maintain its cleanliness. Moreover, it’s not even cheap to keep one’s home clean as the commercial cleaners are not exactly money savers.
In fact, a commercial cleaner is often more harmful than you think. All these chemicals and fumes have their effect on human’s health and the air at home, without us even realizing. If you care about your health, but you also want a clean home, why don’t you utilize some of the natural cleaning methods, which are eco-friendly and quite affordable?
Chances are you already have most of the products that you need in your kitchen. Cleaning a home in an effective way shouldn’t result in promoting harm to one’s family, pets and plants. There is so much information online in terms of harmful cleaners and detergents that people use on a daily basis. Avoid these toxic products and make your own cleaning solutions.
It’s straightforward and frankly, quite easy to make your own cleaning products. These are the ingredients that you need for the following cleaning recipes: baking soda (a true magical product), washing soda, white distilled vinegar (used for a variety of cleaning methods and surfaces), tea tree oil, glass jars, spray bottles, castile soap (liquid vegetable soap). These products can be purchased from health food stores, supermarkets or hardware stores. They are affordable and true money savers.
Window cleaning recipe: Mix two cups of water with three tablespoons of vinegar and a half of spoon of castile soap. Pour this mixture in a spray bottle, shake well and use the same way you would use a commercial window cleaner. In this recipe the liquid soap is the important ingredient.
Oven cleaning recipe: Sprinkle plenty of water on the bottom of the oven, cover it with baking soda until the surface is all white and sprinkle some more water. This mixture should soak for a night. Then you can easily wipe off the grease and the grime with a sponge. After you’ve cleaned the most, wash the remaining residue with a sponge dipped in liquid castile soap.
All-purpose cleaner: You will need a spray bottle, a half teaspoon of washing soda, a half teaspoon of castile soap, one tablespoon of borax, two tablespoons of vinegar and two cups of hot water. Mix the washing soda, the vinegar, the castile soap and the borax and pour in the spray bottle. Add the hot tap water and shake gently. Use this cleaner to spray all over the dirty area and wipe with a sponge cloth or a sponge.
Disinfectant recipe: You will need ¼ tablespoon of lavender oil, ¼ tablespoon of tea tree oil, ¼ cup of white vinegar and two cups of water. Mix these ingredients in a spray bottle and shake from time to time to help them dissolve. Use on areas that you want to disinfect.
All these home cleaning recipes are easy to prepare, safe to use and more than affordable. If you want a clean home, don’t forget to clean on the go and maintain it regularly. It’s not only about cleaning, but to a big extent – about prevention.
Angela Harpert is a stay at home mom and a devoted wife who happily shares her essential W13 cleaning tips.