You may not have thought about it much, but many cleaning products out there are not entirely safe to use. Even if they do manage to get the job done, that is not to say it doesn’t come at the expense of your own health. When it comes to home cleaning, lacking safety is not a price you should ever pay.
Many studies reveal the real danger of some cleaning solutions and their ingredients. Phthalates, triclosan, ammonia and various other ingredients are not safe for your health and can cause various health problems. To be safe, you can try out some of the DIY green alternatives out there, such as:
Dusting with cloth and water – one of the most commonly spread misconceptions out there is that you need furniture polish to pick up dust effectively. Well, that is not quite the case. As a matter of fact, a lot of furniture polishes leave behind a sticky film, which makes it easier for the dust to accumulate again. What you can try out is using only a microfibre cloth. This tool is ideal for picking up dust particles, even without any other solution. What you can also use is a slightly damp cloth to remove dust.
Laundry soap – what you can try is the so-called ‘soap nuts’. Made from the Chinese raspberry tree, this solution essentially takes cleaning with dried fruit to a whole different level. It is available online as well as in many stores. Soap nuts are reusable and come arranged in a small cotton sack, which you simply toss inside the washing machine.
Solution against mildew – the first thing you have to do in regards to mould and mildew is to ventilate the room so that water and moisture don’t cause growth. If the problem is already evident, you can mix 2 cups water with a quarter teaspoon lavender oil and tea-tree. Shake well and spray on the problem areas. The oils will break down the stains almost instantly, and you will even not need to wipe it.
Carpet shampoo – if it is time to clean the carpet, you can mix 3 cups water along with ¾ cup liquid soap. Add in 10 drops of peppermint essential oil. Use a damp sponge to rub the foam in the most soiled areas. Let it dry thoroughly and then vacuum clean it.
Oven cleaning – build up steam inside the oven by putting water in a heatproof dish. Turn on the oven and let it heat up the water. The steam will soften the gunk inside, making it easy for you to wipe. When the oven cools off, you can apply a paste of baking soda, salt and vinegar to scrub the hard stains.
There is little doubt that all of these solutions will serve you well on your home cleaning efforts. Since they pose no risk to your health, you should try them out as soon as possible.
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