Natural Home Cleaning Remedies
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on September 10, 2009 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Vinegar is commonly used as a cleaning agent and is usually purchased for less than $1.00; which is why almost every kitchen has a bottle. The composition of vinegar makes it an effective all-purpose home cleaning product. Although there are many different cleaning recipes that use vinegar, it can also be used by itself to clean too! Many individuals simply put vinegar, or a mixture of vinegar and water, in a spray bottle for an easy-to-use spray cleaner. Vinegar is effective on most surfaces except for marble. It can also be used to clean toilets and bathtubs. In addition to this, it disinfects that which it is applied to and deodorizes the room in which it is used. Vinegar can also be used in conjunction with other natural cleaning products like baking soda and lemon juice.
If you require natural home cleaning remedies for jobs that are considered to be “abrasive” like cleaning an oven, or other tough jobs, baking soda is the ingredient that you will require. Used all throughout history, this natural product has proven to be effective in many different ways. One of the most appealing aspects of this cleaning remedy is that it is an effective deodorizer. Baking Soda can be placed in bathrooms, refrigerators, freezers, and other areas in order to eliminate odors. Baking soda can also be used to remove stains from carpets, walls, and floors that implement the use of tile and similar types of flooring. Do you have a litter box in the home? If so, cleaning it with baking soda will not only scrub away all those germs, but it will leave a fresh scent lingering in the air.
If you are going to tackle tough jobs in the bathroom like removing soap scum from the bathtub, water stains from the toilet, or deposits of hard water in the sink, lemon juice is the perfect natural cleaner. Do you have brass or copper cabinet handles, door knobs, and other items around the home that need cleaned? If so, lemon juice can help! You can use lemon juice already in liquid form or you may simply cut a lemon and use half to handle those tough cleaning jobs.
Believe it or not, oranges are considered to be one of the natural home cleaning remedies that can clean a wide variety of items, polish, and provide a fresh scent to the air. By using the peels of the orange, you can create a fresh smelling aroma that can optimize the fragrance of any room. Many will cut an orange in half and rub it on wood furniture and other wood accessories in the home in order to polish, immediately followed by rubbing s soft cloth over the surface. Orange is also an effective ingredient in removing stains from clothing, carpet, and furniture. The juice obtained from an orange can be combined with vinegar or lemon juice in a spray bottle to optimize its cleaning capability.
Do you often have issues getting the windows in your home clean? Would you like to create natural home cleaning remedies that can be used to clean carpets and rugs in and around the home? Do you have furniture that needs to be polished? If so, you may benefit from creating a cleaning solution from cornstarch. You may create a simple paste using a bit of water, or you may combine items such as water and cornstarch or water and cornstarch with a bit of vinegar in order to make a spray cleaner. There are many creative ways to implement the use of this simple substance to create solutions to clean an assortment of items and rooms throughout your home.
Last, but not at all least, on our list is Isopropyl Alcohol. This substance makes an excellent bathroom and kitchen cleaner as it is considered to be a very powerful disinfectant. Simply combine this natural substance with water in a spray bottle and you can successfully eliminate germs lingering on counters, in sinks, on toilets, bathtubs, and more! If you would like to disinfectant your floors, you may create a mop solution by combining extremely hot water and pouring a half a cup of alcohol into the mix.
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan