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How to Clean Without Toxic Chemicals

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How to Clean Without Toxic Chemicals
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When it comes time to clean the house, turning to chemical-free cleaning solutions not only helps you avoid the potential side effects of chemical cleaners, but also leaves you with a conscience that's just as sparkly as your countertops. While these are do-it-yourself cleaning tricks are made from common household products, they're still tough on dirt, dust, stains and soap scum.

Make Your Own Glass Cleaner

Make Your Own Glass Cleaner

You can make your own effective glass cleaner for your windows and mirrors. In a spray bottle, gently shake the following:

  • (2) Cups of Water
  • 1/2 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 Cup of Rubbing Alcohol
  • (2) Drops of Your Choice of Essential Oil

Spray your glass surface and wipe down gently with a dry microfiber cloth. If you want to save on the number of paper towels you use, wipe down your glass with old newspaper for a surprisingly streak-free shine.


Use Lemon for Soap Scum

Use Lemon for Soap Scum

You can use lemon juice to cut through unsightly hard water deposits and soap scum. Cut a lemon in half and rub the lemon juice over tiles with water deposits and soap scum.

Wait a few minutes until the lemon juice seems to break down the area affected by scum. Thoroughly rinse with water.

You'll then have a clean bathroom with a fresh, lemon scent.


Use Baking Soda Scrub on Ceramic Surfaces

Use Baking Soda Scrub on Ceramic Surfaces

Rather than use a chemical-heavy abrasive cleaner that might scratch your tub or sink, use baking soda to clean and whiten without risking scratches.

Apply with a damp sponge, wait a couple minutes and rinse away with water. Your ceramic tub or sink should be cleaner and whiter than before.


Use Baking Soda for Microwaves Too

Use Baking Soda for Microwaves Too

Baking soda also makes an effective cleaning paste and natural deodorizer for microwaves.

Sprinkle your microwave's interior with a liberal dose of baking soda, then wipe away microwaved food particles with a damp sponge.

Repeat these steps a couple of times until the microwave is clean and odorless. Then, wipe down with a damp rag.


Use Table Salt to Clean Your Oven

Use Table Salt to Clean Your Oven

If you are looking for a chemical-free oven cleaner, look no further than table salt. While your oven is still warm (but the heating elements are completely cool), generously cover the affected area with table salt.

Let the oven completely cool before you wipe the salt and food particles away with a sponge.


Go Green with Steam

Go Green with Steam

Grab the BLACK+DECKER 10-n-1 Steam-Mop™ with Fresh Scent, which uses steamed water and its built-in microfiber cleaning pad to kill 99.9% of germs on tiles, stone and sealed wood.

It's not just limited to floors, however. You can use the handheld attachment to clean counters and backsplashes.


Bust Stains with Detergent Booster

Bust Stains with Detergent Booster

Detergent booster is a natural mineral that is commonly used to leave clothes brighter and cleaner. Simply add 1/2 cup of detergent booster to your load of laundry for whiter whites and clean-smelling laundry.

For extra dirty clothing, soak your soiled clothes in a 1/2 cup of detergent booster and warm water for half an hour as a pre-treatment before you wash.


Vinegar as a Multipurpose Cleaner

Vinegar as a Multipurpose Cleaner

To quickly clean walls and cupboards, mix a solution of equal parts vinegar and water for a quick and easy cleaner.

If you don't like the smell, add a couple drops of lemon juice or your preferred essential oil.


Using the Power of the Sun for Laundry

Using the Power of the Sun for Laundry

Get your vitamin D and let natural UV rays remove odor-causing bacteria by hanging your laundry out to dry on a sunny day.

The sun's bleaching effect can also make your whites whiter.


Clean Up with Corn Starch

Clean Up with Corn Starch

Corn starch serves as an excellent alternative to sprinkle-on carpet deodorizers.

Let it absorb unwanted scents from your carpets for about 30 minutes, then vacuum away

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