Lifehack logo

Environmental-Friendly Home Cleaning

Cleaning products can be harmful to your home, the environment, and even to yourself. Use these alternative cleaning agents to not only save you extra cash but the environment as well.

By Clarissa LearyPublished 3 years ago 3 min read

It is hard to count the number of toxins and chemicals that you get into contact with each day. This could be from cosmetics, food, air and home cleaning products. These chemicals are harmful and can lead to chronic illnesses and health conditions. It is important to take charge and reduce the amount of chemicals that you are exposed to daily through routine chores like home cleaning. You can achieve this by looking at alternative tips and tricks for home cleaning in the most eco-friendly way. Below are some great tips that you ought to consider.

Unclogging Drains Using Vinegar and Baking Soda

Using the conventional drain cleaner can be enough to give you migraines. You should not have to go through such a trauma due to the toxic fumes that can be gagging. You could turn to using baking soda and vinegar to get rid of pertinent drain clogging issues. Use a ¾ cup of the baking soda down your drain and follow it up with a ½ cup of white vinegar. Plug your drain and let it sit there for about 30 minutes. Rinse the drain with a full kettle of boiling water. Performing this great trick regularly will give you a clog-free drainage.

Using Coffee to Freshen the Refrigerator

Coffee is a common beverage taken in a majority of homes, but it can also be used to absorb the funky odors that could be present in your refrigerator. You need to look for a bag of stale ground coffee or one that is not good for brewing anymore. Place it inside the bowl and keep it inside the refrigerator for a whole day or thereabout. The coffee grounds will absorb the funky odors inside and leave it smelling fresh.

Using White Vinegar

White vinegar is widely used as an eco-friendly method of home cleaning. It is a weak acetic acid that can be used in various home cleaning aspects due to its strong antibacterial properties. It is great for cleaning various household areas like toilets, bathrooms, kitchen benches, streak-free windows and glass shower curtains. Once vinegar is diluted in water, it can be a great stain remover in a number of textiles. You can also combine it with a natural substance like lemon juice and use it to absorb bad odors.

Vinegar can also be used to make windows shine. You should fill a spray bottle with a mixture of vinegar and water in a 50/50 mixture. After spraying the mixture on the windows, use a cloth (microfiber) to wipe down the mirrors and windows to avoid streaking. This will work wonders on your mirrors too.

Keeping Tiles Sparkling Clean

Most bathroom tiles will have mold accumulating in the grout that is between them, which is unhealthy and unsightly. You do not have to use commercial home cleaning products full of harmful chemicals and toxins. You can easily remove the mold by mixing a part of carbonated water to another of white vinegar and then spray it over the moldy areas. The grime should come off easily. However, if this is not the case, you should add a further two parts of baking soda to the mix and create a thick paste. The thick paste should then sit on the grout containing the grime for about 15 minutes before you scrub it off.

All of the above are some great eco-friendly methods that you can use when cleaning your home. These tips will not only conserve the environment but also save you a lot of cash in the long run. It would be imperative to consider using the above home cleaning tips.

how to

About the Creator

Reader insights

Be the first to share your insights about this piece.

How does it work?

Add your insights


There are no comments for this story

Be the first to respond and start the conversation.

Sign in to comment

    Find us on social media

    Miscellaneous links

    • Explore
    • Contact
    • Privacy Policy
    • Terms of Use
    • Support

    © 2024 Creatd, Inc. All Rights Reserved.