The growing concern for our environment is reflected in almost every aspect of life. Alternative fuels are being researched, energy efficient products are all over the market, and there are now natural alternatives to toxic house cleaning products-though some of these products are not new at all, just re-discovered, and can be found in supermarkets for almost nothing. There are three natural cleaners that you may not have thought about, but you should, as they will clean almost anything without any negative effects on your home or on the environment.
House cleaning with lemons
Believe it or not, lemons are one of the most powerful "green" house cleaning products out there. One great use for lemons is deodorizing. Lemon peels thrown in the garbage disposal will keep it smelling fresh. Lemons rubbed on a cutting board will disinfect and deodorize; stains can be soaked in lemon juice for about ten minutes, then rinsed, and they will disappear. To clean your microwave, put a lemon half in a bowl of water and set the timer for 45 seconds to a minute, then wipe down the inside. You can also use a lemon half rubbed in salt as a gentle abrasive for cleaning countertops and sinks.
House cleaning with vinegar
Of all the natural house cleaning products available, white vinegar is probably the most versatile and the least expensive. Vinegar can be used, among other things, for dissolving lime scale on shower heads and sink faucets. The best way to do this is fill a plastic bag with full strength vinegar and use a rubber band to hold it in place. Vinegar can also be used in the washing machine to dissolve lint and soap residue. Vinegar in the rinse cycle acts as a fabric softener. There are actually entire websites devoted to cleaning with vinegar.
House cleaning with baking soda
Baking soda is another amazing natural house cleaning product. True, it is most often used for baking, but it has lots of other uses. Baking soda in the cat box eliminates odor, as well as in the refrigerator and freezer. Baking soda and vinegar together can be an effective alternative to toxic drain cleaners; the chemical reaction causes bubbling, which removes most clogs. As with vinegar, there are many websites that give specific instructions for cleaning with baking soda.