Natural cleaning products can often be just as effective as using harsh chemicals. Making an effort to improve your indoor air quality can affect your overall well being and even your daily outlook. I’ve put together some ideas for spring cleaning your home naturally, whatever the season! This article has been updated in March 2020 to address the pandemic concerns.
Types Of Cleaning
When you think about there are steps in cleaning that we need to take to ensure that our homes are truly clean. They seem to flow in an innate order.
- Cleaning removes dirt, grease and grime. It can remove germs from the surface but doesn’t necessarily kill bacteria or viruses.
- Sanitizing reduces the number of germs on a surface to limit the spread of infection.
- Disinfecting kills the germs so that there is no risk of infection. In most cases, a cleaning product is used first. Then the surface is either sanitized or disinfected if necessary.
IMPORTANT Pandemic Cleaning – Via EPA & CDC
Many of the regular household cleaning products can be effective in killing the Covid-19 virus if you use them properly. Make sure to use them on areas such as countertops, doorknobs, faucet handles, and solid surfaces that are often touched. Best practice is to clean these areas several times a day. The EPA has compiled a list of disinfectants for use to kill the coronavirus. The CDC website also has recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting in a household with suspected cases of the coronavirus.
Top 5 Natural Cleaning Products And Tips
1. Home Steam Cleaner
For the last couple of years we have been using a steam cleaning machine at home on a weekly basis. As someone who not only loves a clean home but has suffered with allergies for years, steam cleaning is a life changer! We use our steam cleaner for our tile and floors, bathrooms, windows, patio, appliances, counters and every nook and cranny around. It naturally cleans and sanitizes without the use of harsh chemicals using hot pressured steam. My husband uses it to clean the wheels on our cars and the upholstery too. What I don’t recommend the home steam cleaner for is for furniture, drapes and rugs. It hasn’t worked well for me that way, so if you’re considering for that use I would try it on a section first. You can see that we’ve had this for home steam cleaner for almost 3 years now and it’s still going strong! Here’s where to find out more about it: McCulloch Steam Cleaner
I remember my grandmother using borax to clean and do laundry, back in the time when we had less chemical products available. Nowadays many of us are thankfully heading back to these non-toxic cleansers. Borax is a naturally occurring mineral, known as sodium borate. It is safe for home use, does not absorb through your skin or harm the environment. That being said, I always recommend the use of rubber gloves when cleaning in your home.
Household Cleaning With Borax
- Toilet Bowl Cleaning – A cup of borax poured into your toilet and a good brushing will get your toilet sparkling again. One of my top favorite natural cleaning products because those store bought toilet bowl cleaners are so toxic!
- Carpet Cleaning – Sprinkle your carpets with borax before vacuuming and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Once you vacuum your carpets should smell fresher. I use it on my areas rugs since we don’t actually have carpeting, but we do have dogs who love to lay on them. Borax will not harm your pets and you can sprinkle and leave if you have a flea problem.
- Clean Your Refrigerator – Mix a cup of borax into a bucket of hot water when you clean your fridge or on a wet sponge as a powdered cleaner. You can also clean your sink this way while you’re at it!
3. Hydrogen Peroxide
- Laundry Stains – We have really hard water here in Florida. For getting my white sheets and towels to look whiter, I like to mix up a solution of 50/50 hydrogen peroxide (3% household grade) and water and soak whites for 1/2 hour. Then launder, adding a cup to the water. One of the best natural cleaning products there is and it won’t eat up your linens like chlorine bleach. You can also add 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide mixed with 1/2 cup baking soda and add to your laundry to remove protein based stains. Use cool water for that.
- Kitchen Stains – Hydrogen peroxide disinfects surfaces naturally and it’s great for wiping down countertops and cutting boards. Just rinse off with warm water afterwards. There are so many uses for hydrogen peroxide and I always have it on hand for natural health and beauty as well.
- Rugs – A favorite carpet (or rug, in my case) cleaning hack is to use alcohol for stains. First, blot the stain and then pour rubbing alcohol (or vodka!) on the stain. Blot dry.
- Mirrors – Clean your mirrors with alcohol. It’s also a disinfectant and you can use it on a paper towel to wipe down your phone.
Here’s a great recipe for homemade glass cleaner for mirrors and windows:
- 1 cup rubbing alcohol
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
5. Citric Acid
- Kitchen Cleaner – Citric acid is highly underrated! Citric acid comes from citrus fruit and lemons in particular make for an excellent natural cleaning product. Use the juice of lemons straight up to kill bacteria, mold, and mildew…or mix it with some kosher style salt for a natural abrasive scrub. It’s just great for general disinfecting and cleaning and also effective at removing soap scum and hard water stains.
- Furniture – Mix one teaspoon of lemon juice with one pint of vegetable oil. Rub onto furniture and buff with an old t-shirt to shine.
Many of you probably use essential oils in your home and there are so many resources for making your own natural household cleaning products with oils. Although I don’t personally sell essential oils I do use them daily for cleaning and beauty and will add some of my favorite resources and natural based products below. If you enjoyed this post, you might also like to read these:
These are products that I’ve tried and my favorites that I use DAILY in my home are CALDREA. They are pricey, but I promise that you’ll LOVE THEM!
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