If you're looking to eliminate toxins from your home, getting rid of harmful cleaning products is a good first step in the right direction. BentallGreenOak Residential Services wants to help you make your cleaning routine more eco-friendly with these homemade household cleaners.
Scented All-Purpose Cleaner
An all-purpose cleaner is something most of us use on a daily or weekly basis, so it's important to avoid products that contain harmful chemicals. You can make your own cleaning solution that is just as effective, smells great and has no damaging effects on your health. The best part is that you can use items that you might already have at home. For a homemade Scented All Purpose Cleaner, combine one part white vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle and add some lemon rind and rosemary sprigs. Shake it up and leave it for a week to infuse. You can use it to fight stubborn stains, remove wall smudges, not to mention clean your windows and pretty much anything else.
Making your own Glass Cleaner is also very cheap and easy. All you need is water, vinegar and some essential oils of your choice. Lemon and orange work well to mask the vinegar smell. Mix all the ingredients in a spray bottle and you're ready to make your windows sparkling clean. A good idea is to use a microfiber towel, instead of paper towel, to avoid leaving behind lint residue.
If you're someone who has a lot of silverware in your home, you know that after awhile it can easily appear discoloured and dirty. A simple solution is to make a silver cleaner with three parts baking soda and one part water. Use a scrubbing brush to clean the silver and restore its shine. For silver jewellery, you can even use toothpaste which works very well.
Most homemade all-purpose cleaners contain vinegar because it is a natural and effective cleaning agent, but there are other ingredients you can use instead of it too. To make a good vinegar-free floor cleaner recipe, in a big bucket mix 2 gallons of hot water, 2 tablespoons of castile soap and 5 drops of pine or tea tree essential oil. Use a mop to clean the floor and once you're done, wipe the floor with clean water only.
BentallGreenOak Properties hopes these homemade household cleaners will be help you clean your home safely.