A wealth and variety of home cleaning products are available to the common, modern consumer. While many are effectual in their intended purpose, a majority of these products contain ingredients that can be harmful to your health, even if you don't come into direct contact.
The average household simply doesn't need harsh chemical cleaners with warning labels to ensure a cleanly home. Some products contain more natural ingredients and might make excellent options, but anyone can prepare basic, effective cleaners in their own kitchen. If you truly want an all-natural clean, ditch the products for these common and inexpensive ingredients:
A sanitizer and deodorizer, vinegar can be used for a multitude of cleaning purposes. It can be combined with water (either distilled or otherwise) to clean floors, windows, kitchens, and bathrooms. Bacteria, mold, and mineral deposits are destroyed by the mild acidity and remove any associated odours. White, distilled vinegar is recommended for cleaning but there are other appropriate varieties like apple cider vinegar.
Abrasive and water-soluble, baking soda makes for an excellent scrubbing agent. Like vinegar, it's remarkable for it's versatility and effectiveness; it's not only a natural product but it's also edible and non-toxic. This mild alkali also has anti-fungal properties, causing dirt and grease to dissolve easily (along with odour).
Lemons (& Limes)
Citrus fruits like lemons and limes are very high in citric acid, working best on alkaline types of stains (like soap scum). Plain lemon juice will be able to tackle the majority of bacteria in your home with its powerful, natural disinfectant capabilities. It can also be used to polish copper, scrub food particles from dishes, and create a lovely, fresh, citrusy scent throughout the house.
Basically, these are reusable, untreated cloths made from the spinning of microscopic fibres. The wedge-shaped strands make them excellent for cleaning, easily lifting dirt and particles and often eliminating the need for thorough chemicals. The quality of their make ensures durability and longevity. You may already have them in your home, but consider purchasing at a local store if not (there are many, widely available brands). When using these cloths, it is considered good practice to use dry when dusting and wet when cleaning.
*If you still want a better, safer, or more natural cleaner, but insist on using store-bought, here are some great options:
Author: Taylor Nason