Cleaning product alternatives to plastic and 4 natural cleaning alternatives to harsh chemicals
We got so used to buy all the plastic bottled harsh chemicals to clean our bathroom, we buy cheap plastic brushes that break easily and clean our dishes with plastic sponges that shed plastic micro fibers that pollute our wild water.
If we look a few years back to our grandparents or even parents childhood it's been different. But clean too. They didn't use a lot of chemicals to scrub the floors or wash clothes. Yeah I know it sounds weird, and I am not saying we should all go back to wash our clothes by hand like they did then, but we should rethink if we actually need all these stinky chemicals and plastic in our life's.
The easiest way to avoid plastic cleaning products is to chose other natural materials like wood, cotton, natural bristles, stainless steel, etc....
Vinegar cleans almost as well as most all-purpose cleaners. You just need to mix equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and you have a cleaner that will clean most areas of your home.
Vinegar is an awesome natural cleaning product as well as a disinfectant and deodorizer.
Be aware that it could discolor or damage some surfaces/materials, however, so test it on a hidden area first to make sure no color will change or damage occurs. Improperly diluted vinegar is acidic and can also eat away at tile grout. On marble surfaces, vinegar isn't a good idea to use either.
On ceramic, stainless steel you can use it easily, and don't worry about your home smelling like vinegar. The smell disappears quickly when it dries.
For the bathroom: Clean the bathtub, toilet, sink, and countertops. You can use pure vinegar in the toilet bowl to get rid of colorful rings. Pour the undiluted vinegar around the inside of the rim. Scrub down the bowl. You can also mop the floor in the bathroom with a vinegar/water solution. Vinegar will also eat away the soap spots and hard water stains on your fixtures and tile, leaving them shiny like new. Your shower head: if you can take it down put it in a pot with vinegar water mix and let it soak for a few hours before you clean it, if you cant take the head of put a reusable plastic bag and fill it with a vinegar water mix and tie it around the shower head, let soak and clean easily.
In the kitchen: You can clean the top of your stove with equal parts vinegar and water. Most appliances can be cleaned with this mix of vinegar and water. Countertop surfaces can be cleaned and disinfected with the same spray. Use vinegar to clean floors and be amazed at the fresh shiny results. If you have a water kettle that has lime spots, just leave a vinegar water mix in the kettle over night and you can clean it easily.
You can even use vinegar as a natural fabric softener for your laundry which can be especially helpful for families with sensitive skin issues.
Add1/2 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle in place of store bought fabric softener. Vinegar has the added benefit of breaking down laundry detergent more effectively. Try it to clean your washing machine as well!
2) Lemon Juice
Lemon is one of my favorite allrounder. To cook and clean!
It can be used to dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits and it's great for shining brass and copper and silver. Try mixing lemon juice with vinegar or baking soda to make cleaning pastes. Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section of the lemon. Use the lemon to scrub dishes, surfaces and stains. Be aware that lemon juice can act as a natural bleach, so it's a good idea to test it out on a hidden area first. Mix 1 cup olive oil with ½ cup lemon juice and you have a polish for hardwood furniture. I heard some people with a dishwasher put half of a lemon, after squeezing out the juice, into the dishwasher to clean the dishes....
Lemon juice can also be used to treat stains given its natural bleaching qualities.
I also use the juice as conditioner for my hair.
3) Baking Soda
Baking soda** is one of the most versatile cleaner on the planet and can be used to scrub surfaces in much the same way as commercial non-abrasive cleansers.
It is also great as a deodorizer. Place a box in the refrigerator and freezer to absorb odors, like coffee. In fact, put it anywhere you need deodorizing action: trash cans, laundry, and even your son's super smelly sneakers. Baking soda makes a great addition in the laundry room as well. And if a drain is clogged, put a teaspoon full of baking soda into the drain and then pour a small glass with a vinegar-water mix. Then watch the magic, no need for chemicals anymore.
4) Other natural cleaning products
There are a few great companies out there making natural- organic-eco friendly cleaning products (Frosch**, Ecover**, etc...). Some of them have even refill stations available. For laundry, if you stay away from liquid and use dry laundry detergent you will find some brands using carton instead of plastic bags.
Eco Friendly Product Alternatives to Plastic
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