Many parents want to avoid the use of chemical cleaners, which can have nasty side effects such as endocrine disruption, respiratory problems, and skin burns. As a mom, I want to keep my home sparkling, but not at the expense of our health. Luckily, there is an alternative.
These 10 natural house cleaning secrets will teach you how to avoid toxins lurking in your home and keep your home sparkling in no time without the use of chemicals.
1 | Use Sodium carbonate peroxide instead of bleach
Bleach is damaging to the environment, your skin, and your clothes. I don’t want my children touching the stuff and we keep it out of our home as much as possible. But nothing says clean quite like a freshly whitened towel. Instead of the dangerous stuff, use environment-friendly sodium carbonate peroxide for whitening power that won’t cause damage. I also love Grab Green’s Bleach Alternative – it whitens whites and brightens colors all without bleach.
2 | Remove the guesswork with pre-measured laundry detergent pods
Laundry detergent pods contain exactly the right amount you need for each load. No more wasting natural detergent. As a bonus, older kids can do the laundry and know exactly how much detergent to use without having to ask you … Every. Single. Time.
3 | Clean your cutting boards with salt and lemons
Clean and sanitize your cutting boards at the same time with salt and lemons. Sprinkle the board with salt then rub half of a lemon over the salt to sanitize the board. Rinse with a wet cloth.
4 | Use baking soda and vinegar to clean the oven
The classic science experiment is also one of the best kept house cleaning secrets. Sprinkle a layer of baking soda on the bottom of the oven and pour a small amount of vinegar over the baking soda. Allow the mixture to sit for about five minutes before wiping it away with a damp cloth. Another great option is to use Power Degreaser that cuts through grease and grime, all with a formula made from naturally-derived ingredients.
5 | Use half a lemon to remove hard water stains from faucets
Those pesky water stains are a breeze to remove when you rub half a lemon on them! Wipe any drips with a damp cloth.
6 | Use baking soda to clean up oil spills
Use baking soda to soak up oil spills. Sprinkle the oil stain with the baking soda and allow the soda to absorb the oil for 10 minutes before vacuuming up the mess.
7 | Deep clean cast iron pans with sea salt
Dirty cast iron pans from that time your kids made scrambled eggs? Simply remove the mess by scrubbing the bottom of the pan using sea salt and a damp cloth.
8 | Use a soap-filled sponge to wash dishes in a single step
Running the dishwasher isn’t always practical or green. For smaller loads of dishes, use a sponge with a soap-filled handle to wash and sanitize the dishes in a single step.
9 | Remove smudges from stainless steel with cream of tartar
Stainless steel is notoriously difficult to clean. Remove stubborn smudges by making a paste of cream of tartar and a small amount of water. Rub the mixture onto the smudge with a damp cloth and watch the magic happen!
10 | Remove bathtub rings with salt and grapefruit
Stubborn bathtub rings caused by sports-playing kids are no match for this combo. Sprinkle some salt onto the bathtub and rub half of a grapefruit over the bath ring. In just a few seconds, the ring will disappear!