How to Make Natural Household Cleaners
Cleaning the bathroom and kitchen can sometimes be a lengthy process that involves a lot of chemicals. For those that hate having to use potentially harmful chemicals to eliminate mold, stains, and general grime, natural solutions may be a better option. Many items that are found in the kitchen can be effective cleaners for kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
Natural Solutions vs. Chemical Cleaners
A-1 Sewer & Septic has laid out some practices for cleaning surfaces in kitchens and bathrooms that could put chemical options to shame.
Try these natural solutions when trying to clean:
- Glass surfaces: Mix a solution of one part white vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle. Use a sheet of newspaper to wipe the glass free of streaks. This is good for mirrors and faucets as well.
- Toilets: Put a cup of Borax powder in the bowl and let sit overnight. Scrub in the morning and flush away the powder. Adding lemon juice can help dissolve tough stains.
- Showers and tubs: A combination of 1 ½ cups white vinegar, 1 ½ cups water, and ¾ cup hydrogen peroxide can be sprayed in showers and tubs to help combat mildew.
- Tile: Combine ¾ cup of baking soda with ¼ cup dish soap and create a paste. Add a bit of water to loosen the consistency and some tea tree oil. Apply to tile with a damp sponge, let sit, and then rinse away.
- Soap scum: Mix equal parts white vinegar and dish soap in a spray bottle and spray on the areas with soap scum. Let sit for a few minutes and then scrub with a brush.
- Grout: In a spray bottle, mix one part hydrogen peroxide with two parts water. Spray on affected areas and let sit for an hour before scrubbing with a toothbrush. Rinse with water.
- Drains: Check out this blog A-1 Sewer and Septic wrote on cleaning a drain without Drano!
Many of these solutions require water, baking soda, white vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide, which are often in the home for other purposes.
Since chemical products can harm the plumbing in your house, it is helpful to explore natural remedies before resorting to harsh chemicals. Pipes and plumbers appreciate this consideration!