Safely Clean Your Home

The holidays are coming up for many folks, and that means a lot of housecleaning to prepare for a barrage of guests. The problem is that many cleaners are full of harmful chemicals that are no good for your family and are harsh on the environment. Here are some suggestions to replace all of those chemicals:

1. Cleaning the oven. Putting harsh chemicals right where you cook food for your family is not a good idea. Try this natural cleaner instead: sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of your oven, forming a layer that is about 1/4 inch thick. Using a spray bottle, spray vinegar over the baking soda until it starts to fizz and forms a thick paste. Leave this mixture overnight and wipe away in the morning. Those stuck on bits will come right off!

2. Furniture Polish. Rub olive oil into your wood furniture to get a beautiful shiny finish. You can even mix some lemon juice into the olive oil to give it that fresh citrus scent we are so used to.

3. Floor CleanerHome & Garden suggests mixing 1 cup of white vinegar to 1 gallon of very warm water and use this as your mopping liquid. Bonus: you don't have to rinse your floors afterward!

4. Mirrors & WindowsHome & Garden again has several options for a chemical-free window cleaner: rubbing alcohol as well as witch hazel are great glass cleaners. They also suggest mixing 4 tablespoons of lemon juice with a half gallon of water to clean windows. Huffington Post says making a cup of black tea not only wakes you up in the morning, but can also cut through the grease and dirt on your windows!

5. All-Purpose Cleaner. The folks at Apartment Therapy like to use this homemade cleaner on just about everything: mix 2 cups of water with 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1/4 cup of lemon juice. You can pour the mixture into a spray bottle for easy cleaning.

These are just a few tips to help avoid harsh chemicals while keeping your home clean and helping the environment!

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Home & Garden
Apartment Therapy