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The commercial cleaning products of today are chock full of toxic and harsh chemicals which should be avoided whenever possible. Although their formulas are usually very effective their long-term effects and hazards posed if applied the wrong way make them a danger you don't really need in your home as long as you can avoid them by using natural alternatives. You'll be surprised at how much can be done by using the products our ancestors used for centuries without resorting to commercial products and at how much of a cheaper alternative they actually are. Here are some tips on what you will need to get the kit ready:
Baking soda, distilled vinegar (white), washing soda, tea tree oil, liquid soap and some glass jars and spray bottles.
Using the aforementioned you can make a few useful products of your own, for example:
Mixing baking soda with the liquid soap until they are blended into a creamy texture will provide you with an excellent way to clean your bathtubs and sinks. It has a clear texture and won't leave anything behind since the baking soda will dissolve as you wash it away with water. You should usually make some of it only when you use it, however you can store it if you place it in a glass jar and add some glycerol to keep it moisturized. The added benefit of this cleaning alternative is its extremely reduced toxicity compared to the usual scrubbers sold commercially.
A great way to make window cleaner is by mixing about half a table spoon of liquid soap with three spoons of vinegar and about two cups of water. The mixture can be placed in a spray bottle and it will do the exact same thing commercial products do and is much cheaper to make obviously. The soap will help you clean away the streaks left behind by those products as well, so adding it to the mix works great.
Cleaning your oven has always been a very unpleasant task right? Well by mixing a cup of baking soda with water and some of the liquid soap mentioned earlier you will have a perfect way of cleaning the fat and grime that collects inside ovens. Just sprinkle enough water and then baking soda to cover the bottom of it and spray some water until the mixture is wet. Let the whole thing sit overnight and wipe it away on the morning. You'll find out it loosens and dissolves the worst of the mess inside. You can clean the rest by using liquid soap and water.
Polishing furniture is also possible by utilizing these products; just add half a teaspoon of oil (olive oil, sunflower oil or whatever strikes your fancy) and a quarter of a cup of vinegar or just lemon juice in a glass jar and use the mixture to polish surfaces. It can be easily stored within the jar for a very long time and reused at your leisure without losing its properties.
Vinegar can also be used as a deodorizer to kill unwanted smells and contrary to what you may believe its smell will dissipate with a few hours after drowning out the unpleasant smells it was meant to cover. It can also be used to kill most common mold, reportedly up to 82% of what we encounter in our kitchens and bathrooms.
As you can see there are plenty of opportunities and alternatives to commercial cleaners, so try them out and see for yourself!
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