Natural Cleaning Products

by Emily McBride
(last updated June 8, 2015)

Going "green" or going organic is a big trend today, and for good reason. Much of the normal person's lifestyle can harm the environment. Household cleaning products is no exception. Using natural or organic cleaning products cannot only help save the environment, but can be better for your health. Normal cleaning products contain my harmful and noxious chemicals that could be hurting your family, especially if you have small children or animals.

Many natural cleaning products are inexpensive products that you already have in the home for cooking. Baking soda, vinegar, and lemons can all be used to clean, while not hurting the environment or your wallet. Before using any of these natural cleaning products, try them out on a small, hidden area. Some of these cleaning products could stain or damage some materials.

  • Baking soda works well as a deodorizer. You can keep an open box in the refrigerator or freezer to help it smell better. Mix it with water, and it acts as a good scrubbing cleaner.
  • Vinegar disinfects, deodorizes, and works well as an all-purpose cleaner. Fill a clean spray bottle with one-part water with one-part vinegar. It is important to dilute the vinegar or else it can eat away at the surface you're cleaning. As long as it is diluted, vinegar is gentle on many different surfaces. Use your vinegar solution to clean bathroom surfaces, floors, kitchen counters, appliances, stovetops, and toilets. Again, remember to test a small, hidden area to make sure that the surface will not become discolored or damaged. Don't use vinegar on marble.
  • Lemons are really multipurpose when it comes to cleaning uses. You can make a furniture polish by mixing two-parts olive oil with one-part lemon juice. You can put a lemon in the garbage disposal to help clean it and help it to smell better. Lemon juice is good at getting rid of hard water deposits and soap scum. To make a cleaning paste, mix it with vinegar or baking soda. If you sprinkle baking soda on half of a lemon, you can use the lemon to scrub away at spots or to even clean dishes. Lemon juice also works well on glass.

Besides using these three household products, you can find uses for others. Clean windows or polish furniture with cornstarch. Disinfect surfaces with isopropyl alcohol. You can buy organic cleaning products. Ask around to hear about what other people are using as natural cleaners.

Author Bio

Emily McBride

A senior majoring in English and editing at BYU, Emily hopes to enter the field of professional editing upon graduation. Emily has done humanitarian work in Africa and studied in London. She enjoys blogging, foreign films, and playing the piano. ...

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