These are enlightened times and, thanks to the internet and television, our awareness of the damage we are doing to the environment with simple everyday activities is general knowledge to all of us. Even if we are not on a quest to save the world, which will be an impossible task, it is important that we give our children a safe environment to grow up in. Who really knows what the chemicals in commercial household cleaning products can do to any of us in the long term? A doctor would never dare commit himself to saying that every product we use is safe for our health. Whether many of the products are actually carcinogenic will not come to light for many years yet.
So what can we do around the home without the use of these nasty concoctions? Well, the answer is that, for just about every cleaning job, there is an alternative friendlier product. Here are a few top tips to help you clean your home without harsh chemicals.
Common household vinegar is an awesome product that can cut through limescale and kill the most stubborn bacteria. White vinegar comes in bottles that can be poured down a sink drain to stop smells there, or sprayed under the rim of toilets to tackle any lurking bacteria that thinks it is safe.
Place a cup of vinegar into a microwave and cook it on full power for about six minutes. The vinegar will boil and coat the inside of the cooker with a hot acidic condensation that will cut through the toughest grease. Then, with kitchen roll, it is simple to wipe the microwave clean and rinse it.
If your kettle is full of scale, fear not. Captain vinegar will tackle the evil limescale in one foul swoop. Put vinegar in the kettle and boil it. Rinse afterwards and your kettle will gleam like new.
Baking soda has amazing odour cancelling properties. If your new sofa from Multi York, or another online retailer, is a bit smelly thanks to your pet pooch, sprinkle some baking soda over the fabric using a sieve and leave it for about thirty minutes. When enough time has elapsed, simply vacuum the powder up and enjoy the clean freshness left behind.
Baking soda also works well for removing smells from fridges or cupboards by placing a cup full inside them.
Lemon juice is a powerful natural acid that when mixed with equal parts water will slice through the toughest grime. Place the solution into a hand held spray gun, and it can be used all over the kitchen and bathroom. It can help to remove limescale, clean surfaces, and leave taps and fittings gleaming in no time at all.
As you can see, there is very little in the home that can not be cleaned with a natural alternative. Vinegar may leave a smell for a while, especially when boiled, but this smell will soon dissipate and you will be left with a sparkling clean room. Mixing vinegar and lemon juice for smelly plug holes in sinks is a very powerful combination indeed. I hope you try some of these ideas yourself.