Preparing your own cleaning supplies that are free of harmful chemicals by mixing organic materials has been a rising trend over recent years. While some of us believe in the reliability of certain products, some cannot be convinced of the substance's hygiene without the smell of the chemical products we are accustomed to. However, recent research shows that the harmful chemicals used in cleaning products stay on the surface and in the air for a very long time and enter the human body via breathing and touch. If you have children, the situation may be more dangerous than you think. Hence, it is safer and more economical to prepare your own cleaning products using organic materials.
Use grapefruit as a surface disinfectant
Research shows that the oil extracted from grapefruit seeds is a perfect disinfectant. According to the results, grapefruit seed is anti-viral, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It is really simple to prepare the grapefruit oil mixture, which can be used in all parts of the house, especially in areas that are prone to fungal activity such as kitchens and bathrooms. Add 20 drops of cold press grapefruit seed oil to two glasses of water and pour it into an empty spray bottle. That's it! If you are one of those who cannot be convinced by scentless cleaning products, then you can add a few drops of an essential oil of your liking, for example lavender oil, to the mixture.
Baking soda may be your henchman at cleaning
Baking soda is one of the easiest and cheapest items to get your hands on, especially for the removal of surface remnants in a smelly oven. You can use baking soda as a practical solution. Pour some baking soda on the burn stains in your oven and wait until morning without opening the oven. In the morning, wipe the oven clean. You will see that the stains can be easily removed and the odor of the leftovers has faded away.
Count on vinegar for cleaning wooden surfaces
Products produced specifically to clean wooden surfaces contain harmful chemicals. They enter your body as a result of the all-day contact with your skin. You must also keep in mind that inhaling the product is also extremely harmful. Add a few drops of olive oil or jojoba oil into some hot water and add some white vinegar. You can use white vinegar in home cleaning as it is odorless. You can add just a few drops of lemon oil to leave a pleasant scent behind. This mixture results in a perfect clean and protects wooden surfaces.
Organic softener for your laundry
Most people are aware that laundry softeners stay on clothes for a long time. However, people don't seem to give up using them due to their beautiful scent and the feeling of a good clean they leave behind. But you can achieve soft and plush clothing by merely adding a quarter of a glass of white vinegar to the last rinse water of your washing machine. You will have nice smelling clothes and can get rid of the softeners that contain nasty chemicals.
Polish your silvers with toothpaste
Yes, you read it right! Toothpaste may be the most organic material to polish silvers. The only thing you must be careful of is that your toothpaste is natural and does not contain baking soda. Otherwise there may be scratches on the silver surfaces due to the baking soda. Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste on the silvers, remove the dust, polish with a soft cloth and then rinse. That's it!
Solve a blocked sink with baking soda and vinegar
People apply strong chemicals to unclog blocked up pipes. What is more, we create "chemical smoke" by pouring boiling water over the chemicals. Inhaling those fumes is more harmful than you can imagine. If you have a clogged pipe, first get rid of the water inside and then pour half a glass of baking soda down the pipe, followed by half a glass of white vinegar immediately after it. Close the pipe hole tightly with a towel. Wait as long as you can, remove the towel and pour a large amount of boiling water down the pipe. Your pipe should be unclogged now.
Wipe down bathtubs and basins using baking soda
Surfaces like bathtubs and basins need wiping more often as they are generally white and show the dirt and grime easily. It is both a healthy and more economical alternative to use a mixture you prepare at home than to use chemical surface wipes. Pour half a glass of baking soda on the surface you want to wipe and add a chemical-free colorless and odorless dishwashing liquid. The baking soda will move easily on the surface. Then, you can wipe the surface with a sponge and rinse.
Prepare your own disinfectant wipes
The first thing you have to do is get a box of wet wipes produced specially for babies, which contain cotton and water only. Wet the 20 wipes with a quarter of a glass of white vinegar, a quarter of a glass of soda and eight drops of an essential oil you like. Then squeeze the wipes one by one without tearing them and place them in the box on top of each other. Close the box tightly to prevent them from drying. You can use these wet wipes for surface cleaning and hygiene.
Use tea tree oil to eliminate rust on surfaces
Rusty surfaces are sources of bacteria and fungi. If you want to clean such surfaces with natural products, the first thing you need is a spray bottle. Add about two dessert spoons of cold press tea tree oil to two glasses of water, shake it and pour into the spray bottle. Apply it to the rusty surface and then wipe the surface.
Use mandarin water as a natural dishwashing detergent
The dishwasher is one of the most important inventions around when it comes to making life easy. However, everyone knows that they leave remnants behind especially on wooden kitchenware. Although they rinse for a long time, this woodenware has chemicals left on them. In fact, it is very easy to prepare your own dishwasher detergent at home. Add a glass of borax, which you can get from any pharmacy, and half a glass of mandarin water to a quarter of a glass of ground marine salt. Voila, your organic detergent is ready.
Make your own toothpaste at home
To make your own toothpaste at home, add three tablespoons of coconut oil and 15-20 drops of cold press mint oil to three tablespoons of baking soda.