When people talk about getting rid of chemicals and other unnatural elements from their food and water, they tend to forget that their homes are also full of these unnatural chemicals. While synthetic materials are often useful, and to a point irreplaceable, such as the plastics and alloys that go into our technology and appliances, there are some products that can be used as alternatives for other household products. Here are some of our favorites:
If you follow our site’s articles, you’ll remember this handy disinfectant from our post about keeping your car clean. Well, Lemon juice and lemon oil can also be used to clean and disinfect your household surfaces! This is especially useful in the kitchen and bathrooms where a fresh-scented disinfectant is really needed!
Additionally, it’s great for gutting through grease on pots and pans, polishing glass and mirrors, and as lemonade when you need refreshment while cleaning your home! There are a ton of recipes online about what to mix with lemon juice and how in order to get cleansers for specific products. We’d share our favorites, but that’s for a different article down the road!
While many of you probably already have coconut oil at home as a hair or skin product, it can also find other uses in your home as a useful tool. Combined with lemon juice, for example, it can be used as wood polish. One of the best aspects of this combination as a wood polish is that rather than the harsh wax scent most polishes have, this mixture has a fresh, mellow scent.
While it doesn’t have the disinfecting properties that lemon does, coconut oil can be used to handle some tougher tasks that lemon can’t. Coconut oil can be used as a rust remover for small items such as scissors and blades. It can also be used as a stain remover for carpets and upholstery. It can even be used to polish leather furniture and leather accessories such as belts and leather watchstraps.
White vinegar, with it’s milder scent compared to other vinegars, has quite a few applications in the house beyond as a cooking ingredient. For example, if you remember the show Mythbusters, they had an experiment on deodorizing feet. Compared to the other products, vinegar did the best job of eliminating food odor. The good news: it works on deodorizing other things as well!
Other than as a deodorant, white vinegar can also be used around the house as a stain remover and glass cleaner. One of its most useful applications, however, is as a mould remover, eliminating the health hazard without having to resort to chemicals or poisons.
What are your favorite natural products for cleaning the household? How effective are they and how often do you use them over their chemical counterparts? Let us know!