Nowadays there are lots of products available in the market for cleaning. Though we think they are safe ,almost all household cleaning products contain toxic chemicals that pollute indoor air and are harmful for our health. In order to make your home safer, it is important to reduce the use of products containing hazardous substances.
Here is some useful tips that will reduce your whole family’s exposure to the toxic chemicals.
1. Removing a rust stain in your bathroom
Applying a mixture of vinegar and baking soda on the affected area,you can easily clean rust stains from ceramic tiles. Leave the solution for a few minutes, then rinse it off with water and wipe the tiles with a dry cloth.
2. Removing dirt and mud stains from windows
The best way to get your windows spotlessly clean is to use a simple homemade solution of water and ammonia (1 part ammonia to 10 parts water). After cleaning, make sure you dry the glass thoroughly, preferably with a microfiber cloth or paper towel to avoid streaking.
One more way to clean your windows is to use a raw potato. Just cut it in half and rub it over your windows. Then wipe away the juice with a clean cloth.
3. Making the floors shine
Cleaning with water and vinegar mix is the perfect method to give hardwood floors a brand-new shine. Just dissolve 1/4 cup of vinegar in 1 liter of water and the floor cleaner is ready. If your floor is tiled, use boiling water for washing it.
4. Descaling the washing machine
To keep your washing machine free of limescale and in top operating condition, it’s a good idea to clean it regularly. For this purpose, in an empty washing machine add 2.8oz (80g) of citric acid, set the hottest wash cycle, and let it clean itself.
5. Making your mirrors shine
To make your mirrors shine, you should degrease them first.Take the solution we used for cleaning the windows (1 part ammonia to 10 parts water) and add 2 tablespoons of alcohol to it.
6. How to clean a cutting board
Disinfect and clean your cutting board with the cut side of half a lemon, rub it all over , then sprinkle with coarse salt, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Then, using the remaining lemon half, scour the surface once again. Finally, rinse your cutting board with warm water.
7. Getting rid of grime
Sprinkle baking soda and cornstarch over the surface of your carpet, let it stand for 15 minutes, then vacuum. This method will help you remove grime and eliminate unpleasant odors in your home.
8. Banishing bad smells
Use equal parts lemon juice and water to wash inside of your refrigerator to get rid of the bad smell . You can also add a small amount of baking soda to the solution. This will make removing dirt easier.
9. Cleaning shower doors and tiles
One way to remove water stains and mildew from tile and glass doors is to use baking soda or lemon. Dip a wet toothbrush into baking soda and scrub the tile grout clean. When you are done, rinse the tile thoroughly with clean water. Once a week, rub these surfaces with half a lemon, leave for 10-15 minutes, rinse with water, and wipe them dry.
10. Making your oven look like new again
Mix together 1/2 cup of water and 1 cup of baking soda and make a paste. Spread it all over the interior surfaces of your oven, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then rinse the surfaces thoroughly, and dry the glass gently with a clean soft cloth. Fill a spray bottle with white distilled vinegar, spray evenly onto the dirty areas, and let it sit for 15 minutes before wiping dry with a clean dry cloth.