In an effort to do your part to take care of the environment without making unnecessary sacrifices, you should rethink how you keep your home clean and smelling fresh. Tidy Living is here to offer you 10 eco-friendly tips for giving your home some all-natural TLC.
- Baking Soda Cleaner
Say goodbye to grease and rust with the help of baking soda. What makes the substance effective at making your home sparkle is that it’s a mild alkaline that gives stains and common household messes the ol’ one-two punch when mixed with water.
- Lemon Revitalizer
Highly acidic and touted for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties, zesty lemon is a natural cleaning ingredient found in chemical-based household cleaners for a reason. Lemon juice mixed with baking powder or baking soda can be used for everything from restoring copper cookware and plastic containers to disinfecting cutting boards.
- Oven Cleaner
When your oven starts to look like something out of a horror movie, mix baking soda and water until it has the consistency of a thick paste. Spread it on the bottom of your oven and let it settle and seep overnight before scraping and wiping it clean. For extra terrifying oven stains, add some lemon juice to the cleaning brew.
- Laundry Detergent
Are you questioning the ingredients in your fabric softener? Add baking soda to your washing machine to both soften your clothes and lift bothersome odors from fabrics.
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Some toilet bowl cleaners can leave you coughing and your eyes watering. Rather than make yourself suffer when you don’t have to, add a heaping cup of baking soda to the toilet bowl water and let it marinate for about an hour. Afterward, pour in a cup of white vinegar and let the mixture fizzle and sizzle for a few minutes before flushing it all down the drain. Speaking of white vinegar…
- Vinegar Vindication
While not as acidic as lemon, vinegar makes for an effective antibacterial cleaner. For instance, you can blend vinegar and lemon and use them to get rid of noxious odors, or you can use vinegar and water together to get rid of stains on your clothes before reaching for something stronger.
- Klean Your Kettle
Either lemon juice or white vinegar and water can be mixed together, poured into your kettle and warmed to a boil. Once your kettle starts singing as usual, but perhaps with a note of lemon in the air this time, you can remove it from the heat and let it cool for a little while before pouring it down the drain and rinsing it all out.
- Refresh Your Dishwasher
Your dishwasher is designed to clean, but it can become dirty in the process. About once a month, pour two cups of vinegar into a dishwasher-safe bowl, set it on the top rack of the appliance and run a normal cycle to wash away bacteria and lingering odors.
- Window & Mirror Cleaner
Rather than throw away your empty spray bottles, you can rinse them out and fill them with half white vinegar and half water to clean your mirrors and windows.
- Tile Cleaner
A blend of vinegar and carbonated water does wonder for tackling stained grout in your bathroom.
For natural cleaning tips, follow Tidy Living on social media. Happy cleaning!