Healthy Home: Natural Solutions To Harsh Cleaning Products

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Maintaining a clean, healthy home environment with natural products can be fun and simple. From surface cleaning to down and dirty projects, it is possible to find natural alternatives to the harsh chemicals used in conventional cleaning products. Here are some natural cleaning solutions that can tackle almost any household task:

Baking soda

Baking soda can be used as a very gentle abrasive cleaner on kitchen and bathroom counters. It is also great as a deodorizer for toilet cleaning, trash cans, and even sprinkled on the carpet before vacuuming. A small amount can be added to the wash cycle for soft and fluffy clothes from the dryer.

White vinegar

Vinegar is an effective all-purpose, non-toxic cleaner. It has been found to be a mild antiseptic, so it is great for bathrooms and kitchens and for removing mineral buildup from hard water. White vinegar can also be used as a glass and mirror cleaner. No worries about the smell, since once it dries the odor will disappear.


This powdered product can be found in most grocery stores near the laundry detergents. Borax, like vinegar, has been found to have mild antimicrobial effects on mold, viruses, and bacteria. Create an all-purpose cleaner by combining borax and vinegar in a spray bottle, or use it dry as a mild abrasive. It is one of the best items to keep your house clean.

Lemon juice

Take advantage of the acidic properties of lemon juice by using it to clean up a greasy stove, help dissolve mineral buildup on faucets or shower doors, or shine up mirrors and chrome. Make a natural wood polish by combining the juice from half of a lemon into one cup of olive oil. Apply with a clean, dry rag.

Essential oils

Used in aromatherapy, many plant essential oils such as tea tree oil also have antimicrobial action in addition to smelling great. Add a few drops of choice to any natural solution to personalize your homemade cleaner. You can also use something like lavender to freshen clean sheets or on your furniture to deodorize.

Water softeners

Much elbow grease can be avoided by being proactive and installing a water softener to remove minerals from the water supply coming into a home. These minerals not only build up on faucets, doors and other areas, but they add to soap scum by preventing it from dissolving as it normally would. Water softening systems such as Anderson Water Systems can reduce metals in your water, making it easier to keep your dishes clean.

Natural solutions for cleaning are easy to find, and can be used in most cleaning projects. Avoiding harsh products for household chores is simple, economical, and helps maintain a healthy home by avoiding toxins that pollute the indoor environment.

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Author:Anita Ginsburg

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about home, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn't writing.

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