Wednesday, 24 April 2013 18:51

How To Clean Without Using Chemicals

The state of the environment should be of importance to everyone, even if is simply for selfish reasons. A vast majority of this generation live for ‘now' so it is pointless to encourage them to be kind to the environment for the benefit of the future generation. Cleaning without chemicals is something that is beneficial for our health and well-being as well as contributing to the creation of a healthier environment for future generations. There are many cleaning products on the

market that claim to be eco-friendly but unfortunately this term is used rather loosely by the manufacturers of household cleaners. A product labelled as eco-friendly can simply be one that is bio-degradable and has been manufactured, packaged or distributed in an environmentally friendly manner. The average consumer expects an eco-friendly cleaner to be a product that gets the job done without being harmful to self, kids, pets and the environment. In today's market these types of truly environmentally friendly products are available but they are often rather expensive which is why consumers simply use the cheaper products that are full of harmful chemicals.

However, there is still yet a cheaper alternative that is kind to the environment and delivers the required results; and that is to use the products our great grandmothers used. Domestic cleaning was done using items like vinegar, salt, soap, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and borax. Baking soda and vinegar are two of the most popular ingredients used in a majority of recipes for homemade cleaners.

Using vinegar for a wide range of cleaning

As we all know vinegar is acidic and this is why it is such a good cleaners, because it eats up the dirt and grime; and an added benefit is that it also kills off bacteria. There are a variety of recipes readily available online that use vinegar as an ingredient to make household cleaners that can be used throughout the home. Vinegar can be used on its own or combined with other ingredients for cleaning ovens, various kitchen and bathroom surfaces, windows, metal, floors and many other surfaces and areas within the home. Vinegar can also be used to get rid of pet odours and other smells or simply used as a disinfectant by using it undiluted to wipe down door handles, light switches etc. Due to its acidic nature, care should be taken not to use vinegar in its undiluted form, so here is a quick recipe for a multi-purpose cleaner: -

2 tablespoons of vinegar 1 teaspoon of borax 1/2 a teaspoon of washing soda 1/2 a teaspoon of liquid soap 2 cups hot water

In a spray bottle; add the vinegar, borax, soda and liquid soap and then carefully add the hot water and gently shake until all the in ingredients are dissolved.

 

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