Giving your home a spring clean is a chore for some and almost a full-time job for others. But regardless of how much joy you may get out of cleaning your home, most people are starting to become more and more adverse to the sheer amount of chemicals that are found in your standard home cleaning products. As time goes on the temptation to start moving into more natural cleaning products may start to take over. But what are your options for cleaning your home naturally and in a chemical-free manner? Well luckily for you, you most likely have all of the necessary products lying in your cupboards as we speak. If not, a quick 10-minute trip to the store is all you need to start building your natural cleaning collection.
Yes, it’s not necessarily “natural, but you’re only using water to do the cleaning. Investing in a simple steam mop for your floors can really start to bring the stubborn bits of dirt up that you can’t always see. If you haven’t given your floor a proper deep clean for a while you’d be surprised as to how much grime has probably stuck to it without you really noticing. A simple one isn’t that expensive so have a shop around and see what you can get your hands on. But you may be wondering can you use a steam mop on hardwood floors? Pretty much the answer for that is a no. the water produced form the steam can seep through the cracks and gaps in the hardwood floor. This can cause severe warping and long-term damage to the wooden structure. Save steam mopping for lino and tiled flooring.
White vinegar and water
White vinegar is renowned worldwide as being one of the greatest natural cleaning products you can buy. At white vinegar to water in a 1:4 solution and you have an instant glass cleaner that is streak-free and free from any chemicals. Such a mixture can also be used as a general-purpose cleaner. Simply add the mixture to an empty spray bottle and you have an instant all-round general purpose cleaner that is perfect for almost any situation. White vinegar is mildly acidic and helps you to clean away dirt and grime without the use of any harsh chemicals and it can be used on pretty much any surface in the house. Infuse the vinegar with some citrus by soaking some lemon skins in it for a couple of days. Now not only does it naturally clean but it smells great too.
Baking soda is a fantastic multi-use product that can be used to clean multiple different surfaces naturally. For the most part, all you need to do is mix the baking soda into a paste with water using a 1:3 solution of water to baking soda. Once you have the paste simple spread it on the area to be cleaned and wipe away after a couple of hours. This is especially great to use on a dirty oven or stained grout in your shower or bathroom. Simply apply the paste and wipe away later on. You can also use it to help clean stubborn stains from the bottom of a toilet bowl. Pour a load of baking soda into the toilet and let it soak a while. Around an hour should be good enough. Then pour in a cup of white vinegar, leave for 5 minutes and flush. This should clear all but the worst stains.
Homemade air freshener
Clean smelling air is easier to achieve without a chemical spray than you would think. All you really need is a spray bottle, some water, vanilla extract, and essential oils of your choice. Mix them all up in a spray bottle and shake well and there you have it. A simple, natural air freshener. All you need to do to make it stronger is to add more of your chosen oils to increase the punch behind the scent. Of course, it probably won’t last as long as chemical aerosols and air fresheners, but it will be all-natural and much cheaper to replace in the long run. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your scents in order to find one that suits you and your home. After all, it is you making it and only you know what you would like the most. If you have a spare reed diffuser you could also consider mixing your oils into it in order to help bring a bit of background freshness to your rooms. You are limited only by your imagination.