Best Green Home Cleaners – Solutions At Hand
When you say home you also say cleaning. Daily, weekly or monthly, the ritual repeats regularly whether we like it or not or whether it is our own initiative or someone else’s. To avoid stuffing your cabinets with cleaning products you buy from stores and, implicitly, to save some money, here is a brief look at some of the best green home cleaners, as listed by Greenliving.about.com.
The first option is the baking soda, this slightly alkaline powder which helps to dissolve proteins and neutralize acids to increase the cleaning power of detergents by balancing the pH level of the water. Pour some baking soda down a drain and add an equal amount of vinegar to create a foaming reaction within the drain and pipes which cleans and deodorizes the drain. Then mix the powder with water to make a paste that can clean and polish silverware, chromed surfaces, surface rust, laundry and coffee stained ups. It also serves as a perfect toothpaste.
Since we mentioned soda, let’s now look at the washing soda which helps remove grease, removing stains, softening water, descaling coffee pots, espresso machines, and boilers.
Distilled water also makes it on our list, a safe alternative to bleach to eliminate mold, mildew, and stains. It kills bacteria, including dangerous strains such as salmonella. Use this liquid cleaner for any job that requires a bleaching and antiseptic cleaning without harsh chemicals.
Salt is another good choice to clean, disinfect and deodorize your homes. Blend salt with lemon juice to remove rust or burn on cooking ware. In combination with flour and vinegar, salt cleans and shines steel, gold and silver.
Next is vinegar, an all-purpose cleaner which is so helpful at home. Mix vinegar with one equal part of water put in a spray bottle to use for cleaning glass, mirrors and windows, also disinfecting them. It removes mold and the scale on the bathroom faucets. Soak peels in vinegar for a week or two and then mix 50/50 with water and you get another perfect DIY home cleaner.
Essential oils – lavender, lemon, mint and tea – are also an option to consider because, besides freshening up indoor spaces, they can also act as cleaning, deodorizing and disinfecting stuff. Essential oils are a natural and useful way to kill germs, bacteria, fungus, viruses, mold, and mildew.
Olive oil is another perfect choice, a product of many uses at home. Use it as a spray for polishing stainless steel and wood. It will take the cracks and dryness out of leather. It makes a fine blend with essential oils to also leave a pleasant scent behind after cleaning.