Healthy home cleaning starts by eliminating common household cleaners that are loaded with toxic substances. While these cleaning products are designed to make housecleaning easier, most are pricey, bad for the environment, and even worse for your health. It just makes sense to keep these toxic chemicals out of your home, especially if you have children and pets. Following are some healthy home cleaning tips, including recipes for effective, non-toxic cleaners.

Fall in Love with Microfiber Products

Avoid the waste of paper towels by using microfiber products. They’re absorbent and reusable which will save you time, money and the environmental consequences they cause. There are a variety of microfiber housecleaning tools on the market today, including microfiber cloths, mops and dusters.

Before we get into the specific recipes, it’s important to note that: vinegar (white) and baking soda will safely clean just about anything.

Natural Alternative for Bleach

Bleach can be toxic to breath and hard on your skin. Even worse, when it interacts with other commonly used cleaning products, it can cause hazardous reactions. For example, when bleach and ammonia come into contact with each other, it can end up forming chlorine gas, which is known to cause cellular damage in the lungs and nasal passageways. Here’s an all-natural alternative. Mix equal parts of club soda and vinegar together in a spray bottle and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a nice scent. This is a safe, highly effective alternative to bleach.

All Purpose Cleaner

A cheaper, eco-friendly solution for an all-purpose cleaner, fill a spray bottle with vinegar and lemon or lime peels. Allow the mixture to sit for a few days. Now it’s ready to be used to disinfect most surfaces except for wood.

Following are a few of the most common cleaning tasks and tips for getting them shiny clean.

Removing Smudges from Stainless Steel

Olive oil does a great job of removing smudges and fingerprints from stainless steel. Just spread a bit of olive oil over the stainless-steel surface. Next, buff away the oil using a little bit of corn starch of flour with a microfiber cloth.

Garbage Disposal

Even if you do a good job grinding up food scraps in your garbage disposal, it can end up being smelly. Here’s a great way to not only clean up the disposal’s blades, but get rid of the nasty smells. Fill an ice cube tray with a combination of vinegar and lemon zest and freeze. When it’s time to freshen up your garbage disposal, toss in an ice cube and grind away for about 10 seconds.

Microwave

Food sticking to your microwave walls? Put a half of a lemon (lightly squeezed) in a small bowl of water (about a half a cup) in the microwave. Now, microwave for a couple of minutes.  Now you can easily wipe stubborn food particles away.

The Oven

Ovens that haven’t been cleaned in a while can call for a lot of elbow grease, but baking soda will make it easier. Make a paste out of baking soda and water. Then, leave the paste in place for an hour or so and wipe it away.

The Dishwasher

Cleaning the dishwasher is actually an easy task and you don’t need harsh chemicals to do it. Simply put two cups of vinegar in a bowl in the top rack of the dishwasher. Next, run it through a hot water cycle.

Countertops and Walls

Cleaning stains and marks off your countertops and walls can be tough. Borax is an old school product that serves as a fast, all-natural solution. Dissolve a 1/2 cup of borax in a gallon of hot water, put it in a spray bottle and clean the affected area. Next, wipe with a damp microfiber cloth and let dry.

Wood Furniture

Polish your wooden furniture with a combination of two cups of vegetable oil and the juice of a lemon. Using a soft cloth, work the solution into the wood.

Toilet

Combine borax or baking soda with a 1/2 cup of lemon juice in a small bowl and mix into a paste. Before you start cleaning, flush the toilet to dampen the sides of the bowl. Now, using a soft cloth or sponge, rub the paste onto the sides of the bowl and allow to sit for a couple of hours before removing. This is a great way to remove stains or a toilet bowl ring for good.

Dirt and Rust Stains

Most people don’t realize that the acidic nature of lemons is strong enough to wipe away caked on dirt and rust stains. It will work even better if you mix lemon juice with salt.

Homemade Carpet Freshener

Besides freshening up a room, the following carpet freshener recipe can disinfect, deter rodents and kill fleas and their eggs.

1 cup baking soda
2 cups Borax
8 to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (or a combination of your favorites)

In a bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Store the combination in an air-tight container. When ready to use, sprinkle the carpeting and let stand for around a half an hour. Now just vacuum it up.

Homemade Carpet Stain Remover

Sprinkle the carpet stain with baking soda and let it sit for approximately 10 minutes. Vacuum it up. Now, mix together 1 tablespoon of Dawn dish soap (or another gentle dish soap), 1 tablespoon vinegar, and 2 cups of warm water. Fab the combination onto the stain with a microfiber cloth and let dry. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.

End of Lease Cleaning

All the tips listed here will also make vacate cleaning a lot easier and help ensure that you get your deposit back.  If your carpeting is too stained or dirty to handle on your own, vacate cleaners in Geelong would be the best way to go.  The appearance of the carpeting is crucial, even if you’re leasing.

These go-to, healthy cleaning tips and recipes will help keep you and your love ones safe by keeping toxic chemicals out of your home. Please feel free to share any of your favorite all-natural cleaning tips or recipes – I’m sure there are tons more.