Keeping your house clean can at times feel like a huge chore, but in order to maintain its value and
As things stand now, having a clean home environment is more imperative than ever before. Research has shown that there are over 300 different types of bacteria living in our homes that can reside in up to 30 different places. These bacteria can live in the air for up to 3 hours, and on surfaces from between 1 to 3 days.
Sounds like war, doesn’t it 🙂
When you are up against bacteria, you simply can’t forget to choose products that ensure a greener, cleaner environment! Here we bring to you some amazing recipes that will not only keep your house germ-free, but will also help you avoid products that cause you the irritation of use and add unnerving scents and smells to the house too!
Nature has provided us with incredible solutions to stay bacteria free. Using ingredients which are already in your homes, you can make incredible cleaners all by yourself!
Yes… you read it right!
So, if you are someone who was waiting for the chance to become greener and less dependent on harmful chemicals, read on – this is the push you need to get rid of those harsh cleaning products in your closet and bring back nature into your home and your life.
Check out the surface wise cleaning solutions, completely produced in your kitchen. Each of these ingredients has the power to remove bad bacteria and add durability and shine to the surfaces. Many of the recipes in this list require dish detergent. And while you could use generic, off-the-shelf chemical-rich products, there are more organic, chemical-free options in the market too, so your cleaning can become as close to wholly natural as possible.
Here we go!
1. Acrylics: Combine 2 cups of water to 1 teaspoon of your mild, natural dish detergent; allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes before wiping clean!
2. Ceramic: Mix a cup of warm water with 3 teaspoons of your liquid, natural dish detergent and 6 teaspoons of baking soda to create a spray-able formula perfect for ceramic tiles.
3. Cork: Once a week, mix a gallon of warm water with 5 drops of your dish detergent and lightly sponge the surface – don’t go any stronger as this may cause streaking.
4. Fiberglass: Simply mix together 1 cup of water with 1 cup of vinegar into a spray bottle to clean your fiberglass.
5. Glass: Similar to Fiberglass, mix together 1 cup of water and 1 cup of vinegar into a spray bottle.
6. Leather: Blend together ½ cup of olive oil and ½ cup of regular vinegar to clean and shine your leather.
7. Marble: To 1 quart of water, mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda to create the perfect, noninvasive cleaning solution.
8. Metal: A simple combination of 1 cup of water with a few drops of your dish detergent will clean most metal types.
9. Painted Surface: To 1 gallon of water, add 3 tablespoons of distilled white vinegar and gently spray and wipe.
10. Plastic: Mix 1 2/3 cup baking soda, ½ liquid dish detergent, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and ½ cup of water to get this gentle plastic cleaner.
11. Porcelain: For a non-abrasive treatment, mix 1 gallon of warm water, add 1 cup white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of dish soap.
12. Resilient Flooring: In 2 cups of warm water, ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol, add ½ cup vinegar, any of your dish detergent, 3 drops and any essential oil of your choice, 5-10 drops.
13. Vitreous China: Use a simple scrub by combining 2 tablespoons of dish soap, ¾ cups of baking soda.
14. Wallpaper: Mix a few drops of clear, organic dish soap with warm water and gentle sponge over the wallpaper.15. Wood: To clean and polish your wood without stripping, mix 1 cup of warm water with 1 cup of white vinegar and a dash of olive oil.
When it comes to the safety and sanctity of your home, your children and the environment at large, it is crucial what you end up cleaning with. This is why so many people have begun to create more organic, holistic, home-made solutions that are non-abrasive and chemical-free, and why you should too.
Just having organic solutions at hand isn’t enough; you also need an eco-friendly way of administering your new, chemical-free cleaning solution. Gone are the days where we had to use disposable mops and rags – they’re an inconvenience and add to the generation of so much plastic waste and debris that negatively affect our earth and our seas.
The single use trend must be overcome if we are to leave the earth greener for our future generations. There are products that have entered the market, like electric mops, that do just that. They are quiet, dual-purpose, reusable and you can put your own solutions in so your cleaning process can become that much more sustainable.
Keeping sanitized and safe are a given – for your own health and for your family’s well-being. That in no way mitigates the need to conserve the Earth as well. The plastic packaging and non-recyclable aspects of our cleaning products normally pass by us unnoticed. It won’t anymore. Not if you take the proper steps, spend a little bit of extra time and become more mindful than you already are – because it is about more than just us, it is about our children and their future.
If we are going to call ourselves eco-warriors that means even in times of strife, we have to stick to our morals and implement chemical-free, environmentally-friendly solutions that work for us and the planet. There are ways, after all, of balancing what is important to us and what is important for the planet.
You can be green and clean.