Even though we are surrounded by harsh chemicals, there’s no denying that they are not good for us. You can create a safer home environment by switching over to chemical-free cleaners. Often these cleaners cost less, which makes them wise alternatives for those of us that stick to budgets. Cleaning supplies can be tough to budget for, since you never know when you’ll run out, and they can add up! Try these chemical free alternatives to cut down on your spending.
1. Multi-Purpose Cleaners Made With Orange Oil
You can make your own orange oil, but the process is involved and time consuming. Instead, buy orange essential oil and dilute it with water, or buy natural cleaning products that are made with orange oil. Orange peel has antiseptic qualities, so it can be used in the kitchen, bathroom, and house “hot spots” (places that are touched often, like door handles) to cut down on germs. It also has an uplifting scent. Perfect for a quick 15 minute burst of cleaning.
2. Disinfect With White Vinegar
White vinegar works really well in the bathroom, where it can fight bacteria and remove stains. Pour undiluted vinegar around sink, shower, or tub drains and let it sit for a few hours before scrubbing away. Or, put vinegar into a spray bottle and dilute it with water for an easy chemical-free spray cleanser that will work great on counter-tops and shower walls. White vinegar is super affordable. It usually runs at about $2 per gallon!
3. Clean Glass With Hydrogen Peroxide
This can be used in place of Windex on all of your glass surfaces. It delivers an excellent shine. You might already have hydrogen peroxide in your first aid cupboard or drawer, so try it out the next time you go to clean a mirror!
4. Try Baking Soda Instead Of Comet
Baking Soda can be used in place of Comet or Ajax. It costs a bit less, and is safer to release into the environment. Use it to clean toilet bowls, trains, and counter tops. You can create a homemade multi-surface bathroom cleaner with 1 and 2/3 cups of baking soda, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 1/2 cup of non-toxic liquid soap (like Dr. Bronners), and 1/2 cup of water.
Cleaning supply costs can add up, and they are also a huge source of chemical contaminants in our homes. Switch out to chemical-free alternatives to save money and protect your health. How much do you think you spend on cleaning supplies each month? Leave a comment below.