Have you ever attempted to find out what the ingredients are in any of your conventional cleaning products? Some products list only one ingredient as a specific warning and others a diverse list so foreign to us that we are left absolutely clueless. Did you know that before there were chemical factories people made their own cleaning products from ordinary household ingredients? We decided to assemble a list of safe eco-friendly items most likely already in your kitchen, everyday products you use for preparing your meals; these are not only at hand but will also be far more cost-effective than purchasing more expensive conventional cleaning products.
Because vinegar is so acidic, it is able to cut through that gross build-up we all experience in our kitchens, bathrooms and on all glass surfaces; vinegar dissolves soap scum, mineral build-up, and stains from hard water as well as residual glue left behind from stickers. You can also use it to clean your oven. Sprinkle baking soda over the surface to be cleaned, and then spray with vinegar; watch it foam and start scrubbing.
Lemon juice is one of the best natural cleaners; it is an antiseptic, antibacterial, a disinfectant and degreaser. Mix a few drops juice or lemon essential oil with water in a spray bottle to use as furniture polish. This powerful juice works on tough stains, cuts through grease and mould, and is a terrific deodorizer. Try using a lemon on your cutting board; squeeze the juice onto the board, let it sit 5 minutes and then wash away. And if you warm your lemons before squeezing them, they will yield almost twice as much juice!
3. Club Soda
Have you ever experienced the challenge of keeping stainless steel countertops clean and streak free? We recommend using a soft cloth and club soda to buff away streaks from stainless steel countertops and appliances.
4. Vegetable Oil
We are certain that this is a trick few of you have heard of; yes, vegetable oil used to clean. It’s a great way to eliminate grease stains! Try it on your stovetop. Put some oil on a paper towel or soft cloth and buff. Just watch the stains disappear like magic.
Salt is an effective yet gentle cleaning agent. It works well in combination with other ingredients boosting cleaning power and deodorizing action. To make a basic soft scrub, make a paste with lots of salt, baking soda and dish soap to use on appliances, enamel, porcelain, etc. You can also use salt to do your laundry as it will work to remove stains and keep your clothes looking and smelling fresh.
Canadians spend more than $275 million a year on cleaning products. Cleanliness and health go hand in hand. Moreover, we are becoming ever more conscious that the air we breathe and the eco-systems that preserve life on this planet are in jeopardy from chemicals that leave VOCs (volatile organic compounds) lingering in our homes, chemicals that are absorbed through our skin and inhaled through household dust, chemical residue left on kitchen utensils and countertops, and chemicals poured down our drains that pollute our water systems. Using all natural cleaners from our pantries is a great way for each of us to do our part to preserve our own health and to save our planet.