Chemical free cleaning is truly an easy way to achieve a clean home, that is healthier, looks and feels good, and smells wonderful to with natural cleaning products.
While cleaning helps reduce dust, allergens, and infectious agents that can make you sick, many commercial cleaning products contain ingredients that can be harmful to your health. Some ingredients may even over long extended periods of exposure, lead to chronic illness.
Cleanliness is vital for a healthy home. We do not have to use harsh chemicals in order to be effective in getting these results. We can use chemical free cleaning agents that do not have a harmful impact on our health and the environment, and will in turn leave our homes smelling delightfully fresh and fragrant. And the bonus is that most of the ingredients we need to make these cleaning products are already in our homes. So there is minimal cost when beginning to make these healthy changes.
Using old garments and sheets can be useful when looking to make rags for household cleaning, rather then purchasing any or using disposable products.
I have made a list of common ingredients that you may find in your cupboards when opting to switch to chemical free cleaning,
- BORAX, also known as sodium tetraborate decohydrate, this is a naturally occurring mineral and may be used in small amounts to remove odors, stains, and mildew. It does however contain “boron” which is not biodegradable, and should therefore be used sparingly.
- LEMON JUICE, one of nature’s greatest cleaners. Safe and full of fragrance, and extremely versatile.
- WASHING SODA, also known as sodium carbonate. Is a natural water softener and is very effective for cutting through grease. Great for painted walls, hard floors, and kitchen surfaces.
- Essential Oils, can be added to any of the natural cleaners here in this article to add fragrance. The ones that work best for disinfecting are, grapefruit seed extract, tea tree, citrus, thyme, sage, and eucalyptus oils.
- BAKING SODA, a naturally occurring mineral also known as bicarbonate of soda. It is a very versatile cleaner.
- TABLE SALT, is a gentle abrasive scouring powder. It is also a mild disinfectant.
- WHITE VINEGAR, contains acetic acid which is brilliant for cutting through dirt. You can use it to clean glass and tiles, and remove stains on teapots, and cups. Mixed with baking soda and salt, it will polish up brass and copper.
- PURE SOAP, when soap flakes are mixed with hot water, and a little washing soda, presto! Your mixture will perform most any jobs. Sounds simple, and it works.
Here is a recipe for beeswax polish, a very effective and natural way to polish your furniture. This polish will keep indefinitely. You will need
- 3 oz of pure beeswax
- ¼ pint of linseed oil
- 10 drops of lavender essential oil
Grate beeswax into a bowl and place over a saucepan of warm water. Stir until wax melts slowly, add the linseed oil and stir thoroughly. Pour into tin container with a lid, and stir in lavender oil, and let cool.
The above list should get you started on your way to chemical free cleaning. A more healthier option for you and your family.