Healthy Home Tips

Healthy Home Tips

We all may try different methods to keep our homes clean and enjoyable, but unfortunately; a lot of the cleaning products that are sold today are made up of harmful toxic materials.  When these products are used over an extended period of time, they can emit toxic fumes and irritate the skin. This can then result in rashes and allergic reactions.

You may be surprised at the perks of using natural products for cleaning, versus toxic store-brands. Not only do they do an exceptional job at cleaning, but they are affordable, versatile, and safe to use.  You probably already even own many of these products, which saves you the hassle of having to go out and purchase them.

Below are some natural products and how you can use them to help clean your home:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Clean microwave
  • Deodorize laundry
  • Sooth sunburns
  • Treat acne
  • Treat yeast infections
  • Wash hair

2. Baking Soda

  • Clean toilets, tubs, ovens, pots, and pans
  • Clean hair brushes and combs
  • Deodorize litter box and eliminate odors
  • Reduce kitchen grout
  • Relieve diaper rash
  • Treat heartburn
  • Use as deodorant, shampoo (with water), and toothpaste
  • Use to freshen sponge

3. Borax (Sodium Borate)

  • Clean wallpaper, painted walls, and floors
  • Deodorize
  • Disinfect
  • Soften water

4. Castile Soap

  • Clean floors and bathroom fixtures
  • Remove pesticides from fruits and vegetables (when mixed with water)
  • Treat eczema, psoriasis, and acne
  • Use as all-purpose cleaner or dish soap
  • Use as body wash, shave gel, shampoo, and toothpaste
  • Use as liquid plumbing cleaner – pour down the drain and rinse
  • Use as pet shampoo

5. Castor Oil

  • Relieve cramps and cracked heels
  • Restore plant health
  • Soften cuticles
  • Treat dry and itchy skin

6. Citrus Solvent

  • Clean paint brushes
  • Reduce oil and grease
  • Treat stains

7. Coconut Oil

  • Polish wood
  • Prevent wrinkles
  • Reduce migraines
  • Remove shower scum
  • Use as hair serum, lip gloss, lotion, and deodorant

8. Cornstarch

  • Clean windows
  • Polish furniture
  • Shampoo carpets and rugs

9. Hot Water

  • Clean clothes
  • Clean slightly dirty dishes, floors, tables
  • Wash face

10. Hydrogen Peroxide (mix with baking soda)

  • Clean refrigerator, stovetop, microwaves, floors, and toilet bowl
  • Clean non-dry-clean clothes
  • Remove mineral deposits from coffee and tea kettles

11. Isopropyl Alcohol (replace with ethanol or 100 proof alcohol solution with water)

  • Use as disinfectant

12. Lemon Juice

  • Clean glass and mirrors
  • Disinfect cutting board
  • Remove sun spots and reduce wrinkles
  • Shrink pores
  • Treat sore throat

13. Olive Oil

  • Clean floors and furniture
  • Prevent cracks in rattan and wicker furniture
  • Repair furniture scratches
  • Remove dirt and grime from hands
  • Shine stainless steel appliances
  • Use as lotion

14. Washing Soda (Sodium Carbonate Decahydrate)

  • Clean wall, tiles, tubs, and sinks
  • Cut grease
  • Remove stains

15. White Vinegar

  • Clean drains (with baking soda)
  • Clean windows, floors, counters, toilets, and mirrors
  • Keep vegetables fresh and tenderize meat
  • Neutralize odors
  • Treat stomachache and bee sting
  • Use to deter insects
  • Use as fabric softener
  • Use as hair conditioner
  • Use as rinse agent in dishwasher