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Eco-Friendly Green Cleaners: Top 5 Best Natural Ingredients To Use
Have you looked at the ingredients of your household cleaners recently? Some cleaners on the market are very toxic and damaging to the environment. I was looking for a way to avoid spraying chemicals in a house full of children and pets, so now I use natural items from my pantry! I know the ingredients are safe, natural and good for the environment as well. So here they are – my favorite 5 cleaning ingredients I use in my home:
5. Tea Tree Oil – A little bit of this ingredient goes a long way for super antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Tea tree oil is an essential oil with a very distinct smell. Use it to kill molds and in high moisture areas as a preventive. You can use it anywhere you would use a spray cleaner. Dilute it by adding 1 drop per 1 ounce of water. You can add some liquid soap for an extra cleaning boost. As a bonus tea tree oil can also be used in your bath, for acne treatment and even in a vaporizer when you are sick.
4. Castile Soap – Liquid Castile soap is great for many uses. It’s a stand-alone cleaner or can be mixed with other ingredients. It’s made from vegetable based fats and is very gentle and biodegradable. It’s also very thick and concentrated, which means it lasts a long time.
3. Lemon Juice – Lemons are great natural cleaners that have the bonus of also smelling good. You can use fresh lemons or keep a bottle of pure lemon juice in the fridge. The juice can freshen drains, acts as a natural bleaching agent and can even help remove stains from your plastic containers (tomato sauce anyone?). You can cut a lemon in half, dip it in baking soda and use the lemon as your scrubber. Run it through your disposal when you are done for a second use.
2. Baking Soda – Baking Soda (the kind you cook with) is one of the most versatile cleaners on the planet. It makes an excellent gentle scrub (mix it with water and/or lemon juice). It deodorizes, works in laundry, carpets, floors, removes stains, polishes and cuts grease with ease. It is gentle on the hands and comes with no odor. It’s also great for skin rashes and upset stomachs. Simply sprinkle it on and wet it enough to make a paste.
1. Vinegar – This is my absolute favorite green cleaning tool and almost all of my homemade cleaners contain it. Don’t be put off by the strong smell; it quickly disappears as it dries. Distilled white vinegar is easy to find in your grocery aisle and is inexpensive. Dilute it with water and spray on almost any surface. It safe for baby and pet areas and is great for killing germs and cutting through grease and stains.
These 5 ingredients should start you on the right path to green cleaning at home and also save you some money. We all have our reasons for wanting to go green – I would love to hear your favorite cleaning tips in the Comments below, happy cleaning!