Organic Cleaners

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated April 23, 2012)

Organic cleaners have been around for decades, if not hundreds or perhaps thousands, of years. Unfortunately over the past few decades they have dropped off in popularity, though that seems to be changing over recent years. One of the reasons for this is that organic cleaners are simply less expensive than other kinds of cleaners. This is probably due to the fact that most of the current organic cleaners aren't exactly marketed that way, which means that they have to compete in a much wider market which helps to drive the price down.

  • What are they? Simply put, organic cleaners are cleaners that have been made either in part or wholly from organic based materials. There are many different types of organic cleaners, some of which have been specially formulated to have as great of a cleaning impact as possible. However, if you are looking for some straight up organic cleaners that you can find anywhere, or probably already have in your home, then stick to the basics. These include things like vinegar, baking soda, natural oils, and lemon juice.
  • Vinegar. Vinegar is one of the greatest, strongest, and most powerful organic cleaners. While you can always use any kind of vinegar to help clean your tile, grout, fabrics, glass, and well just about anything you can imagine, there is one major drawback to vinegar. That drawback is the powerful odor that comes from most kinds of vinegar, so stick with one that isn't all that odiferous, white vinegar.
  • Baking soda. Another of the most popular organic cleaning tools around is baking soda. This cleaner can be used in place of just about every type of scouring powder around. In fact, baking soda is a fantastic grout cleaner. If you have another item that really needs to be scrubbed off, you can always make a little paste out of the baking soda and then put it onto the stain. Simply allow it to dry out, and then scrub off using a sponge, or even a washcloth. For particularly difficult stains, you can also use a scrubbing pad to get rid of the stain and paste.
  • Natural oils. Another powerful organic cleaning tool can be found in natural oils. These oils can be from flowers (such as lavender) or trees (such as tea trees) can be used as a wonderful all purpose cleaner by simply putting about two teaspoons of your favorite natural oil to about two cups of water in a spray bottle. Using the same mixture of oil and water to a dash or two of kosher salt can fairly effective at getting tile grout clean as well.
  • Lemon juice. Lemon juice is a decent cleaning tool, and one that can also help make things smell better as well. For example, if you have a really nasty odor that you can't really get rid of otherwise, you may want to consider boiling about half a cup of lemon juice with two cups of water, and then allow it to simmer for 15 to 20 min. If you have some stained grout lines, you can always spray some o f the grout on it, and allow it to sit for about two hours, and then wipe away. This will help restore the stained grout to what it originally looked like.

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Lee Wyatt

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