When thinking of cleaning, we inevitably think of cleaning detergents and different chemical solutions. They all pose a danger to your health, and the health of our family members and pets. At the end of their “life-cycle,” all mass-produced cleaners are being flushed to the sea or soak deep in the earth. So basically while you are trying to do something good and clean the windows, you are poisoning yourself and the environment. Not to mention how much money the average British family spends for the year supply of liquid cleaners. According to the page of Statista on average, if you are between the ages of 30 to 64, you spend close to 24 pounds a month. For a family with children, the number grows up to 50 pounds.
We would like to recommend some easy to make house cleaning solutions, that will cut your cleaning expenses and will reduce the negative print you leave on nature.
Baking Soda – The Best Cleaner
There are a couple of good DIY cleaners that use baking soda as the main component:
Baking soda and warm water
You can use this solution to remove:
- oil and grease stains from your counters and the inside of the oven;
- food stains;
- polish the taps in the kitchen and the bathroom;
Baking soda, vinegar and warm water
This mixture is one of the best drain and pipe cleaners. This is how what you have to do:
- Pour one cup of baking soda down the drain.
- Follow it with boiling water and a second cup of baking soda.
- Finish by pouring in one cup of vinegar.
- Plug the drain and wait for about 10 minutes.
- Put boiling water once again and your drain is now unclogged.
Baking soda and lemon juice
Now, this is truly a multi-purpose cleaner. You can use it to clean:
- kitchen counters;
- cutting boards;
- the inside of the stove;
- grease and food stains;
- the inside of the fridge;
- the inside of the microwave;
Lemon Juice The Second Most Popular Cleaner
Lemon juice possesses excellent cleaning qualities and on top of that, it leaves a refreshing aroma.
- use it to clean your kitchen counters, wipe with a damp cloth afterwards
- you can use it to polish the copper surfaces of all types of cookware;
- clean and freshen up old plastic containers and bowls.
- remove rust from knives and blenders.
Cleaning With Vinegar, Why Not?
Vinegar can be used as a cleaner almost everywhere in the house.
In the kitchen:
- strong degreaser and stain removal that you can use on all kinds of surfaces, as long as you don’t mind the leftover odour;
In the bathroom:
- great mould and fungi killer;
- for unclogging the toilet;
- for unclogging the sink;
- for polishing all chrome surfaces;
In the living room:
- you can polish your wood furniture with a mix of vinegar and olive oil;
- vinegar can be used when polishing the wood floors;
Why are Homemade Cleaners Better Than the Ones in Stores?
The answer is really simple: most of the DIY cleaners are made from natural ingredients that can dissolve easily and not harm you or the environment. A thing that you constantly have to remember is that chemical cleaners are either ammonia-based or chlorine-based. Those two substances are extremely hazardous on their own. If you take one careless step and mix them, you will cause a chemical reaction that will put you in the hospital with burned lungs an inability to breath properly. If you have adolescent children, is best to use homemade cleaners, at least while they are not old enough.
If you live in London, you most definitely have access to all kinds of great eco-friendly solutions that you can add to your homemade house cleaner to make it more child-friendly. Put basil or lavender leaves in some of your cleaners, to tone down the smell of vinegar. You can also use different aromatic oils when cleaning the wood surfaces of your home.