It’s time to pull out your grandmother’s old cleaning tricks. There’s no need to spend extra money on strong chemical cleaners when things in your pantry will do the trick. Plus, it’s safer for you to use around the house. You don’t have to worry about ingesting or inhaling toxic chemicals after a deep clean.
- Vinegar: This is one of the most versatile cleaners that you can have around the house. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant due to it’s highly acidic nature. Vinegar takes out those nasty germs like E. coli and salmonella without the harmful effects to you and your family. It also acts as a deodorizer for hard to wash fabrics, and it also cuts through grease. Dilute distilled white vinegar in water for a natural way to get sparkling floors, windows, and counter tops. Put some in a spray bottle with a few drops of your favorite essential oils and spritz over cloth sofas and chairs to refresh the room.
- Baking Soda: Baking soda is on the opposite side of the spectrum as vinegar, but it still does many of the same things. Baking soda is a well known deodorizer, which is why many people keep an open box in the refrigerator. It will absorb pungent odors, leaving the area smelling fresh. One added benefit that baking soda has is its scrubbing capabilities. Its coarse nature buffs surfaces to remove grease and grime with ease. When you add an vinegar or citrus juice to baking soda, you’ll have a powerful mixture that will kill germs and polish any surface.
- Vodka: Like vinegar, vodka is a natural disinfectant. Our mattresses never get the love that they deserve. To freshen up your mattress, put 1 part vodka and 1 part water in a spray bottle and mist over the entire surface. To get rid of musty mildew stink from clothes, add ½ cup of vodka to your laundry in the wash. It will also cut through soap scum. Spray on shower doors and leave it for 10 minutes. Come back and rinse off that soap scum with ease.
- Salt + Citrus: Abrasive salt combined with the acidic citrus juice makes for an excellent scrub. Use this combo on copper and metal pots and pans to bring them back to their original shine. Clean appliances, door knobs, stained tupperware and more with this handy mix.
- Club Soda: Club soda is a well-known stain fighter. It powers through tough stains like red wine. Generously douse the fabric in the club soda, and blot until the stain completely lifts. Make sure to rinse with water because club soda is slightly acidic. It’s perfect for cleaning carpets after a pet accident or when kids spill their milk. It is also great at breaking up rust. If you have a nut or bolt that won’t budge, pour some club soda on it, and give it another go.
- Hydrogen Peroxide: This chemical compound is almost identical. The only difference is that it has an extra oxygen molecule, which is why it’s H2O2. The extra oxygen is released when it reacts with germs on surfaces. That’s why hydrogen peroxide bubbles and fizzes. As it disinfects, it pulls the dirt up so you can wipe away grime in one swipe. It’s perfect for tiles, bathtubs, toilet bowls, and sinks. It also will oxidize and lighten surfaces. Spray some on dirty grout, and wash as usual. Your grout will return to its natural light color.
Keep your house sparkling clean without worrying about all of the toxic chemicals. Let your kids and pets roam free knowing that the house is disinfected, and free from powerful residues. It’ll save you money and time by using these simple household items to get your everyday cleaning done.