Green Cleaning Supplies and Where to Find Them
The cleaning aisle might be the first place you go when you need to buy cleaning supplies, but there are better, more natural, and greener alternatives to chemically engineered cleaning products that you might want to consider. You probably already have some of these alternatives available in your home. Here are just a few examples:
Vinegar is one of the most basic yet effective cleaners. Combine equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle and use it anywhere you’d use chemical cleaners. It deodorizes and cleans without leaving a lingering odor. Use it to clean the toilet, tub or sink in the bathroom or use it to mop your floors. It also acts as a natural fabric softener in your washer and is ideal for people who have sensitive skin. Get rid of musty dishwasher odor by placing a bowl full of vinegar on the top rack and running a full cycle with no other dishes.
Lemon juice is for more than just cooking. It works well to get rid of soap scum from hard water. A lemon peel can make the kitchen and garbage disposal smell aromatic. It also acts as a natural bleach, which can help get rid of stains on your laundry.
Baking soda can be used anywhere you need to scrub. Combine it with lemon juice or vinegar to create a cleaning paste. It’s also great at deodorizing the refrigerator, laundry room, bathroom, or anywhere else in your home where aromas aren’t always the most pleasant.
Essential oils are primarily used for aromatherapy, but they have many other uses. Since they’re derived from plants, they contain cleansing properties. Add six to 12 drops of oil to a vinegar and water mixture in a spray bottle to have an aromatic green cleanser. Orange oil is ideal to clean areas in the kitchen, such as the counter or cutting board. Tea tree oil has purifying properties making it a perfect option for the kitchen and bathroom. Essential oils are available in most stores near candles and wax melts, or they can be purchased online individually or in a set to create a mixture of options.
You don’t need to use harsh chemicals to effectively clean your home. Utilize these green options to keep your house clean, protect the environment, and maintain a safe and healthy environment for your family.