Have you ever stopped to examine what your household cleaning products are actually made of? You might think they're safe, but they're often loaded with all sorts of harsh chemicals. Yet, we've gotten so used to these products that we can't really imagine any other alternative - and we can't have a dirty home.
Fear not, however, because there are actually several great natural alternatives to these products. They'll not only clean your home just as efficiently, they'll do it without you having to worry about a bunch of toxic chemicals.
1. Remove rust stains from your bathroom
Apply a mixture of vinegar and baking soda to the affected area and leave for a few minutes. Then, rinse off with water and wipe dry.
2. Remove dirt and mud stains
Use a solution of water and ammonia (one part ammonia to 10 parts water) to get your windows spotless. Be sure to dry the glass thoroughly with a microfiber cloth. Alternatively, clean your windows with a raw potato and then wipe clean with a cloth.
3. Shine your floors
Mix 1/4 cup of vinegar and one liter of water together for the perfect, low-cost floor cleaner.
4. Descale your washing machine
You can descale your washer by adding 2.8 ounces of citric acid to the machine and run on the hottest cycle.
5. Shine your mirrors
For the best shine, degrease your mirror first by using the window cleaning solution with two tablespoons of alcohol.
6. Clean a cutting board
Disinfect your board using the cut side of half a lemon and coarse salt. Let this sit 5-10 minutes, then scrub off with the other half of the lemon.
7. Get rid of grime
Clean your carpet by sprinkling it with baking soda and cornstarch. Let stand for 15 minutes then vacuum away to eliminate odors and remove grime.
8. Banish bad smells
Get rid of smells in your refrigerator by using equal parts lemon juice and water to wash it out. You can also add baking soda to make the dirt removal easier.
9. Clean your shower tiles
Use baking soda and lemon to remove water stains and mildew from bathroom tiles. Dip a wet toothbrush in into the baking soda and scrub the grout clean, then rinse thoroughly with clean water. Scrub with half a lemon once a week.
10. Restore your oven
Mix half a cup of water with one cup baking soda and spread the paste over the interior of your oven. After 15 minutes, rinse it clean and then dry the glass with a clean soft cloth. Spritz white vinegar on the dirty spots, leave for another 15 minutes before wiping away with a clean cloth.
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H/T: Bright Side