Today’s modern family household comprises of so many bacterial agents as ever. These agents have come to live in the warm and damp environment of our homes in concentrations unheard of 40 years ago. To combat this pharmaceutical companies produce and advertise a wide array of chemical products, disinfectants, bleach etc. which are not only costly but raise health and environmental risks. And despite this range of products available in the market, cases of bronchitis, allergies, asthma and sinusitis appear to be on the rise.
We have truly forgotten the attributes of natural and home produced cleaning solutions, which have great potential and prevent everyday chemical borne ailments besides giving an impetus for green businesses for a sustainable environment. Let’s talk about some of the ingredients to replace everyday chemicals that you buy for household cleaning.
You will need a list of ingredients that can be used in various combinations for different effects. These ingredients are as follows:
- Baking Soda
- Lemon Juice
- Olive Oil
- Scent Oil
All of the above chemicals are mild and non-toxic, except borax which should be kept away from pets and children. Remember to always make a solution in small quantity first and test it on a small area because different materials react differently to different surfaces, and you don’t want to waste ingredients and damage your house. You can add any scent oil you prefer to add an aroma to the solution.
All Purpose Cleaning
Dissolve four tablespoons of baking soda in a quarter cup of warm water and mix thoroughly. For deeper stains, you can use a concentrated mixture of baking soda and water.
Pour equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle and mix thoroughly. Spray the mixture coating on the area of the glass with a thin film of fluid. Making concentric circular strokes across the glass surface and immediately wipe the glass afterwards with a dry clean rag before the fluid dries. This will prevent dry streaks from appearing.
Air fresheners available at general stores mask the odors by blocking the nose. This is not a healthy way to get rid of the smells, as with time the sense of smell can diminish under heavy use. What you can do instead is keep a bowl of baking soda, warm water, vinegar and lemon juice in the house which will not only absorb odors but masks smells by naturally increasing organic particles in the air.
While cooking in the kitchen at home, you can sit the same mixture to simmer over the stop. This will absorb the unpleasant and sometimes choking odor of cooking food. As for the rest of the areas of the house, keeping fresh flowers and herbs, fresh ground coffee and lemons can keep the environment fresh.
Lastly, at the end of the day, slice and grind a lemon over the garbage bins in the house to reduce the odors concentrating overnight.