Home confinement and social distancing is frustrating, isn’t it? But if you think about it, it could really be a blessing in disguise. Now, you can devote some time to the cleaning tasks that you had been putting off for so long, yay!
Why use natural cleaning products, you ask?
Firstly, commercial detergents and artificial cleaners are chemical-based solutions. They are manufactured with synthetic materials that cause harm after prolonged exposure. Secondly, they are packaged with plastics which end up in landfills causing unnecessary waste. So, environmentally-friendly cleaning products are not only essential to reduce the carbon footprint but also to avoid contact with toxic chemicals found in commercial cleaning products. Lastly, given the shortage of cleaning products in the market due to the COVID-19 panic, it is best to turn to natural cleaning agents to help you combat the stains and greases.
What if, you could kill these birds with one stone and also save a significant amount of money in the process? Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But the solution is in fact very easy and often, sitting in our kitchen pantries. Take a look at this list of best natural cleaning products recommended by UppWell that are non-toxic and easy-to-use!
The humble baking soda sitting in the corner of your fridge is the best solution to many of your cleaning woes. It is a natural cleaning product that our grandmothers swear by. It has been used for ages to remove grease from stovetops as well as to clean kitchen counters and kitchen appliances. Just mix it with a cup of warm water and use a sponge to scrub the dirty surfaces with this concoction. Voila! You will be thanking us before you know it!
Lemon juice, lemon rind, lemon zest – every part of this squishy fruit is a useful ingredient for those on eco-friendly cleaning mission. The citrus content in lemon makes it highly effective against commonly found household bacteria. It also exhibits bleaching properties that help in removing stubborn stains from surfaces. The smell of lemon juice combats foul odors and makes it a perfect natural room freshener when combined with any essential oil. For a better scrubbing effect, add some table salt to the lemon juice. Now, use a sponge dipped in this mixture to rub the unclean surfaces. Do not forget to wipe the surfaces with a wet towel after scrubbing!
In addition to cooking those delicious pasta and salad dishes, olive oil has numerous uses in the kitchen. It is an underrated natural cleaning product that works as a polish on old wooden furniture pieces, stainless steel appliances, and worn-out leather seats. By adding shine to the surfaces, olive oil gives them a new look. Also, a mixture of olive oil and table salt is ideal for removing grime from cast iron pans and skillets. Plus, you can also gently rub small amounts of olive oil on your precious silver cutlery to protect it from tarnishing!
Vinegar is the perfect homemade environmentally-friendly cleaning product that combats greases, stains, and odors. Cleaning walls, bathtubs, floor tiles, disinfecting toilets, removing dirt from clogged pipes, attacking stains on clothes, and fighting mildew odor – vinegar does it all! A word of caution though, vinegar can cause mild irritation if it comes in direct contact with your skin. So, it is advisable to wear rubber gloves when using vinegar as a natural cleaning product.
Alcohol is used to disinfect and sterilize laboratory tools and surfaces in hospitals. It is an excellent odor remover and a non-toxic disinfectant. And, it will help you to achieve your goal of eco-friendly cleaning. It is important to keep in mind different types of alcohol serve different cleaning purposes. Vodka, for example, is great to remove stinks from clothes, remove sticky labels, de-grease pans and deodorize areas. Since alcohol is highly inflammable, make sure you use it only in well-ventilated places. Mix one part of alcohol with one-part water and apply it on the small surface to be disinfected using a cotton pad.
Alcohol is also an essential component of sanitizers, something to keep in mind in the present situation. Here is a simple homemade sanitizer guide for those unable to buy one from the pharmacy due to shortage-
- 5 ounces of Aloe Vera Gel
- 1 ounce of witch hazel
- 4 drops of orange essential oil
- 4 drops of cinnamon essential oil
- 3 drops of clove essential oil
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil
- 3 parts of isopropyl alcohol per part of Aloe Vera Gel
One more reason to bring the bottle home, eh?
There you go! We told you how to transform simple, everyday ingredients into natural cleaning products that are not only effective and non-toxic but also cheap! We also recommend you check our other eco-friendly products on Amazon.
Want to know more details on how to use these products to cater to your specific cleaning needs? Write to us in the comments section below and we will share detailed hacks with you! Till then, happy eco-friendly cleaning!