Non-Toxic Ways To Keep Your House Clean

It’s hard for moms not to get worried about the cleaning products they use. After all, there’s often a whole list of chemicals on most of their labels that aren’t natural. We see things like ammonium hydroxide, butane, and silicone in common products.
Fortunately, there are ways that you can keep your house clean that aren’t toxic. Take a look at the following.
Make Your Own Silverware Cleaner
Cleaning silverware needn’t make use of harsh chemicals. You have plenty of other options. To clean your silverware in a way that isn’t toxic grab a washing-up bowl. Then line it with foil and place the silverware on top. Boil the kettle and grab some baking soda. Then pour in boiling water until the silverware is covered, add a cup of baking soda, and a teaspoon of salt. Then just wait. After a few minutes, you’ll see the stains on your silverware start to lift.


Buy Cellulose Sponges

Most commercial sponges aren’t great for your health or the environment. They contain all sorts of plastics and polyesters that can accumulate in landfills and your body. What’s more, many sponges are chock full of toxic chemicals, like triclosan. This chemical can degrade into another chemical, called chloroform. And chloroform has been linked to all sorts of different cancers in people and animals.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that you can get your hands on sponges that aren’t toxic. Cellulose sponges are made from biological materials our bodies are used to. And that means that they aren’t at all toxic to our bodies.

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These sponges are also super absorbent, so they’re really great for all those tough cleaning jobs. What’s more, cellulose sponges break down in landfills. So once you’ve finished, you can throw it away without worrying how long before it breaks down.

Make Your Own Wood Cleaner

Varnished wood can often get sticky and grubby. But you’d be surprising just how dirty it can get. That’s because varnish tends to hide a lot of dirt. Usually, people resort to wood cleaners to clean wood clean wood surfaces. But of course, most of these contain chemicals we don’t want near our us or our children.

But there is an easy way to clean wood surfaces that just requires a bit of olive oil and some white vinegar. Put some warm water into an old spray bottle and then add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and some white vinegar. This will create a sort of acidic, yet polishing, cleaning agent, but without any of the nasties.

Then spray the mixture onto a surface and wipe off with a cloth. The oil will leave a thin residue, so it’s best not to use this cleaner on wooden floors.

Choose A Non-toxic Floor Cleaner

Speaking of which, most people use some sort of heavy duty product to keep their floors clean. These products are particularly heavy on the chemicals because floors are, in general, dirtier.

Making your own floor cleaner is tough and usually not all that effective. But there are floor cleaners out there without the toxic compounds. Floor cleaners at are one example. When choosing a floor cleaner, make sure there are no parabens, ethers, dyes or sulfates.

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Use Natural Ingredients On Windows And Mirrors

Mirrors and windows are always collecting finger marks. As a result, keeping them clean all the time can be a challenge. But, once again, there’s a reliable, non-toxic way to clean them. Mix one part white vinegar to four parts water and add a pinch of lemon juice if you want. Then grab a sponge and wipe the mirror. The vinegar should help to lift any fingerprint marks in no time.

Exchange Indoor Air

We might think that our bodies need to be kept away from bacteria entirely. But new science is showing that bacteria are actually little critters we need. The problem is that most houses are sealed off from the rest of the world. And inside these houses, there can be too few of the bacteria we want, and too many of the ones we don’t.

There’s a simple solution to this. Open the windows from time to time, even in the winters. And make sure that the air in your house or flat is regularly exchanged. You don’t have to leave the windows open for long. A few minutes will do.

Clean Your Brushes With Citrus Oil

Most of the products used to clean paint brushes are toxic. But now non-toxic paint brush cleaners are becoming available. They’re usually based on citrus oil. And using them is simple. All you have to do is put the paintbrush is a small plastic bag when you’ve finished with it. Then pour in the oil, making sure it covers all the brush fibers. Then tie up the bag and leave the brush to soak overnight. In the morning, it should be ready to use again. This way you avoid exposing yourself to the harmful fumes in turpentine.

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Make Your Own Disinfectant

Disinfectants contain a whole host of chemicals that eliminate bacteria. But these chemicals are dangerous to people too, even in small doses. Fortunately, there is a more natural cleaning solution. Simply mix three cups of hot water with four tablespoons of vinegar and two tablespoons of borax. Then just grab your cellulose sponge and wipe whatever kitchen surface you need to.

Put Your Sponges In The Dishwasher

Homemade disinfectant won’t kill bacteria. But if you are still worried about bacteria buildup, there are still many other options. One non-toxic way to get rid of bacteria is to put sponges and vegetable scrubbers in the dishwasher. The heat of the dishwasher will kill bacteria. And the running water will then wash them away.

Use Biodegradable Cloths

For some tasks, a sponge just won’t do. Cloths are the only way. But, like sponges, most commercial cloths are also laden with chemicals don’t biodegrade. Fortunately, you can buy commercially available cloths that do break down once you’ve finished using them.

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