Somewhere deep within the deserts of Rajasthan, in sleepy little towns near our Country’s borders, people are still using a readily available cleaning agent – sand. This ingredient effectively removes stubborn grime and stains from their dishes and is a natural alternative to chemical-laden dishwashing products.
You, however, need not head for the desert to find pure and natural cleaning products – they’re present in your very homes right now! Here are some great replacements that are safe for you and your loved ones.
Many of us have used bleach for cleaning difficult stains. However, this popular cleaning product is also known to irritate the eyes and skin. It is harmful to the environment and marine animals and has a strong odour that lingers on for hours and gives away that chemical feeling. Lemon juice is the perfect, natural cleaning alternative to bleach. When mixed with hydrogen peroxide, it can give the most potent cleaning agent a run for its money, while still smelling great.
Wondering how to get rid of the grease, without reaching for a chemical-laden degreasing product? The answer lies in baking soda. This ingredient is easily available in most homes and can put you at ease when it comes to removing grease. Just wet the greasy spot, sprinkle baking soda on it and rub off with a damp towel. Try this to get grease off any surface without using chemicals.
If you want to keep your home smelling fresh all the time, you need not turn to artificial air fresheners. These contain chemicals that you end up inhaling. Replace toxic air fresheners with pure essential oils. Try diffusing natural scents in your home using an oil diffuser or burner. You can also mix a few drops of essential oil in a bucket of water to use as an effective floor cleaner. Use scents like lavender or lemongrass that are subtle, clean effectively and also promote relaxation.
This is yet another kitchen ingredient that can cook up a storm in your household cleaning. Vinegar can cut through grease and also helps remove that tough mildew from your bathroom surfaces. Use diluted vinegar in a spray bottle as a substitute for your traditional spray cleaners. This concoction can also be used to clean mirrors and glass effectively and naturally.
Did you know that a strong pot of black tea not only refreshes you, but it can bring new life to your home and wooden furniture? Brew some black tea, allow it to cool, then dip a cloth into the liquid and use it to clean mirrors, windows and wooden furniture or floors. You’ll be amazed how this simple, homemade cleaning solution with natural ingredients cuts away the dirt while smelling much better than other toxic alternatives.
Going green does not mean just recycling waste or taking reusable bags to the grocery store. Extend it to your daily life and rethink the cleaning products that you use every day in your own homes. Ditch the toxic chemicals that have adverse effects on your family’s health and the environment. Own up, act and change to safer, planet-friendly substitutes today.
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