It is true that chemical based cleaners for your home are not really good in the long run or even the short run. Basically, cleansing the floor with chemicals that are harsh and leave the floor spotless also means that toxic fumes are going into the lungs of your loved ones. And for those who have pets and children at home, these cleaners only cause more harm. But this mean that you leave the floor cleaning to just water. Not really!
There are many simple and yet effective ways of making homemade all-purpose chemical free cleaners, which can be used for cleaning the floors, the gas stove, your granite counters and even other areas of the home. Not only are these cost effective but in the long run, they are more eco friendly and good for your home. It also means less of corrosion on those marbled and tiled floors.
Homemade Chemical Free Cleaners
Lemon or Lime
This one is clearly one of my favorites because it works wonders and leave behind a wonderful and aromatic fragrance. The best part is that it is made from ingredients that are easily available at home, lime or lemons. Both work well for cleaning harsh stains on garments, on the floor and even the rug. You can use it in multiple ways and even add more ingredients if required, but lemon or lime alone just works fine because it provides acidity to cleanse the stubborn stains.
Simply take the juice of a couple of lemons and mix it in luke warm water (say about a liter). This solution can be used for cleaning the floors, taking stains off and even on an everyday basis. The acidic properties in the fruit cleanses while the antibacterial content in this solution keeps germs and bacteria at bay.
Distilled White Vinegar
White vinegar is a great agent for cleaning your gas top, kitchen counters and even utensils or the sink. All that you have to do here is take about a cup of the vinegar and then add some essential oils to it for added fragrance. You can also add some lime juice to make the solution more acidic. I prefer using it as an instant solution so basically I store it in a spray bottle, which makes it easier to use.
Anywhere that you see stains or marks, simply spray the same and let it stay for a few minutes. Then use warm water to wipe it off. Another trick for the toilet would be to leave a cup of the vinegar in the toilet for some time and then clean using a brush. It works better than regular toilet cleaners, without any side effects or harsh toxic fumes.
Baking Soda Or Washing Soda
Baking soda can again be used for an array of purposes for cleansing the home, toilet, floor and almost everything else. You can make a solution using baking soda with distilled white vinegar and some tea tree oil. Both of these are suggested because the oil has anti bacterial properties and leaves behind a great smell too.
Vinegar is known for acidity and deep cleansing properties, which is vital for thorough cleaning. To make this solution you will need about a cup of baking soda to which a few drops of tea tree oil has been added along with white vinegar. You can mix all of these together and then keep it in a bottle. Just make sure that you shake the bottle well before every use as the soda may settle at the bottom. Use it as a soap to cleanse utensils or a floor cleaner or even sink cleaner.
Castile Soap And Glycerin
This one really works for those who cannot do without soap or think that anything without soap is not good enough. Basically castile soap is made from olive and is a much milder version of regular soap and thus is eco friendly and good for your home too. This soapy recipe is good for washing utensils, cleaning the sink, floor and almost anything that you can think of. To make the same, simply take about 2/3 cup of liquid castile soap, which is easily available in super markets.
Then to this add about three spoons of vegetable glycerin. You can add some essential oils to this mixture for added fragrance like lemon, tea tree or even orange oil. Add about a cup of water to this solution to make it perfect liquid like. Shake everything well together and then store and use like regular soap, but sans all those chemical and harmful toxic fumes.
Essential Oil Cleanser
If you are someone who doesn’t have the time to make a lot of cleaners at one go but would like to store something that can be used all across the house then this one is the perfect solution for you. Basically it makes use of some of the best cleansing oils that help to get rid of bacteria while leaving your refrigerator sparkling clean. To make this solution you need a spoon of washing soda along with borax or sodium borate, both of which are quite mild and available at home. Borax can be replaced with some rock or sea salt also.
To this add some essential oils like lavender, tea tree, lemon or even anything else that you may have at home. I prefer add some castile soap to it but it works out great without the same too. You will will need to add some hot water to the solution right before using. Mix all of the ingredients and shake well. This can be used in spray bottles and stored there too. Simply spray as desired and then wipe with a clean cloth or kitchen towel. If you want then throw in some herbs like basil or oregano into the spray to make it last longer and give some fresh antibacterial properties.
With these homemade solutions, you will never have to put up with harsh toxins from chemical cleansers that threaten your home and loved ones too!