Posted on: 9 January 2015
Exposure to chemicals and negative impact on the environment are two of the most common reasons why people turn their backs on traditional cleaning products in favor of less poisonous alternatives. If you're still on the fence, rest assured that your house will be as clean, sanitary and germ-free with these alternative cleaners as it would be with traditional cleaners. In fact, your home might be even cleaner because there won't be any lingering chemicals and odors when you're done scrubbing.
Ditch the Bleach
Yes, bleach is one of the most effective cleaners for killing germs and bacteria that can make you sick. Bleach, however, also has a strong odor and is poisonous. The lingering odor of bleach actually reduces the air quality in your home. There are numerous alternatives to bleach that do just as good of a job cleaning that won't pose a danger to you or to the planet.
Hydrogen peroxide is a good alternative because it's odor-free and kills germs and bacteria just as well as bleach. Spray the inside of the toilet, the grout in your bathroom or kitchen, doorknobs or any other surface in your home. Let the hydrogen peroxide bubble for a few minutes, which means that it's destroying germs, and then wipe it away. Use hydrogen peroxide to get stubborn stains out of white clothing and towels. Soak the stain in the peroxide for a few minutes and then launder as usual. Don't use peroxide on colored clothes, however, because it will discolor them.
White vinegar is another environmentally-friendly alternative, and though it has a distinctive smell, it's not harmful like bleach. White vinegar is the perfect alternative to traditional window cleaners, and it's much cheaper too. Vinegar can also be used to remove stubborn stains on your carpet, to clean and sanitize window blinds, to deodorize sink drains and to clean chrome and stainless steel surfaces.
Get rid of nasty odors with baking soda. Set a small dish of baking soda in your refrigerator to get rid of lingering food odors. Mix baking soda with water to create a paste that's a cheap and earth-friendly way to scrub kitchen sinks and bathtubs. Sprinkle baking soda on your carpets before vacuuming to neutralize odors and deodorize the floor.
A Few Bonus Tips
Make a no shoes in the house rule. This will cut down on the dirt, germs and bacteria that's tracked into your home. Scatter houseplants around your home. Plants give off oxygen and can absorb toxins in the air, which improves the overall air quality of your home. Skip indoor air fresheners, which are loaded with chemicals. Instead, boil water with cinnamon, cloves and orange or grapefruit slices. The boiling water will give off a pleasant smell without a single chemical.
For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact Kimberly's Kleaning Service or a similar company.Share