10 Chemical free recipes for cleaning

December 11, 2015

Not only are chemical cleaning products expensive, they‘re
also often toxic making them harmful to our health and the environment. A
number of common side effects to exposure from indoor pollutants, mostly
household cleaning products, can be headaches, dizziness and fatigue. If you
want to ditch these products for good though, there are luckily a number of
chemical-free cleaning alternatives that are just as effective. This list of 10
chemical-free cleaning products can help you with some of the most difficult
cleaning jobs in the household.

1.     Toilets

One of the most difficult jobs that nobody likes to do is
cleaning the toilets. The usual thing to go for would be a heavy duty bleach to
get rid of all the bacteria. But there is a chemical-free solution that does
just as good a job. For a heavy duty toilet scrub that deodorises whilst it
cleans, pour ½ cup of baking soda and around 10 drops of tea tree essential oil
into the toilet. Add ¼ cup of vinegar to the bowl and scrub while the mixture

2. Microwave

It’s one of the easiest places in the kitchen to overlook
while cleaning, but the microwave can often get dirty very quickly. To get rid
of the grime build-up, simply pour some vinegar into a small cup and mix in a
little lemon juice. Put the cup in the microwave and let it run for 2 minutes.
Leave the door closed for several minutes after to keep the moisture in there.
Finally open the door and simply wipe down all the sides- no scrubbing needed!

3. Sink Drain

Sink drains can often become blocked through a build-up of
grime and dirt, particularly when we wash away food waste. This can also result
in bad smells coming from drains, along with the annoying problem that it takes
ages for the sink to empty! There’s no need to turn to harmful toxic solutions,
though. Firstly boil about 2 cups of water. Pour ½ cup of baking soda into the
drain and then add the water while it’s still hot.

4. Refrigerator Cleaner

One of the most common spring cleaning jobs is the fridge.
It can be one of the toughest jobs because it doesn’t get cleaned that often,
but it can be done without the need for toxic chemicals by once again reaching
for the baking soda. Simply add about ½ cup of baking soda to a bucket of hot
water and wipe down the fridge’s insides for a good clean.

5. Windows and Mirrors

Although we might often clean the inside of our windows, the
outside doesn’t often get much attention during the winter months. This can
lead to a build-up of dirt and leaves windows looking grimy. For really stubborn stains,
combine 1 part white vinegar with 4 parts water. This will give
you a great streak free finish. You could also add a little lemon juice to
create a great indoor cleaner that can be used on mirrors and glass.

6. Silver Cleaner

You might notice that your silver cutlery can become
tarnished and lose its shine over time. However, there is a fantastic
alternative to buying specialist chemical cleaners that will leave your cutlery
looking as good as new. Line a sink or bucket with aluminium foil and lay out
the silver on top of the foil. Pour in boiling water with 1 cup of baking soda
and a pinch of salt. Let this sit for several minutes and then simply rinse off
your cutlery.
7. Furniture Polish

Even after using chemical cleaners, you might start to
notice that your furniture doesn’t look as good as it once did. For an
all-purpose furniture polish, combine ¼ cup vinegar with ¾ cup olive oil and
use a soft cloth to distribute the mixture over the furniture. An alternative
recipes is to use ¼ cup lemon juice with ½ cup olive oil and rub into wood

8. Worktops

Sometimes we feel the need to use something more than just
water on our kitchen worktops. With food preparation taking place, we often
want to use a disinfectant to make sure our surfaces are clean. There is a
great non-toxic alternative that can be made easily. Mix together equal parts
vinegar and water in a spray bottle, or if your work surface is made from marble,
granite or stone, simply substitute the vinegar for surgical spirit or even the
wondrous powers of vodka!

9. Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are another surface where food is prepared so
we feel that we need to clean thoroughly. For the perfect clean all that you
need is a lemon. Simply cut this in half and rub over the surface of your
cutting board for a natural disinfectant. If you need some more scrubbing power
then use a coarse salt to help.

10. Air Freshener

Air fresheners often smell great to start with, but they
don’t always get rid of the smell. Often a lot of toxic air fresheners will
just mask the smell and not get rid of the problem. Surprisingly, though, you
can create your own homemade air freshener with baking soda and your choice of
essential oils. Using a mason jar, you can add a card plaque with holes in to
hold the solution, or wrap cling film over the top and pierce holes.

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