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Make Your Own Green Cleaning Products At Home

You want your home to be clean, but you don't want to hurt your health or the environment — that's why so many homeowners have made the switch to chemical-free cleaners. Some of the many benefits of using chemical-free cleaners include that the non-toxic cleaners won't harm your lungs, negatively impact the environment, trigger allergic reactions or have the potential to poison your pets.

Baking Soda

It's difficult to imagine anything that plays a bigger role in homeownership than baking soda. It's likely that you already know you can use it to brush your teeth, keep the interior of your fridge smelling great, and to remove minor splinters, but did you also know that baking soda can keep your home clean and shiny?

  • Sprinkling a little dry baking soda on your carpet and letting it sit for 15-20 minutes removes musty smells and pet odors. You can use the same trick to deodorize furniture and pet beds.
  • Mix baking soda with a little water and use the mixture to remove built-up gunk, spilled food, and smears from all kitchen surfaces.
  • Did your kids decorate the walls with greasy fingerprints? Just use a sponge dipped in a baking soda/water combo and wipe the prints away.

White Vinegar

White vinegar is another example of an excellent non-chemical, affordable product that will keep your home clean and safe. White vinegar won't harm you, but it does remove debris, dust, and bacteria from the interior of your home.

When it comes to cleaning your home, there are several different ways vinegar helps with daily housework.

  • Deodorize and clean your drains and garbage disposal by mixing half a cup of white vinegar with a couple tablespoons of baking soda.
  • Place a bowl that is filled with half water and half vinegar solution in your microwave uncovered until it boils over. Then just wipe and clean any stains from the interior of your microwave with ease.
  • Spray white vinegar on your countertops and use it to wipe them down. DON'T USE VINEGAR ON GRANITE OR MARBLE SURFACES!

Lemon Juice

Most of us know that there are many ways lemon juice improves our physical health, but not all people realize that it can also be a key component in cleaning your home. That's right, lemon juice helps keep your home cleaner, safer, and smelling fantastic.

  • Rubbing lemon juice on your wooden cutting boards and letting the juice soak into the wood overnight before you rinse the next morning removes bacteria.
  • Spraying lemon juice on your sink and bathtub fixtures and letting it sit for ten minutes removes hard water scale.

Coconut Oil

You won't believe the number of uses for coconut oil in your home.

  • Conditioning wooden furniture as well as leather couches and chairs.
  • Polishing stainless steel appliances.
  • Rubbing a little coconut oil on hinges stops them from squeaking.
  • Rubbing some in the interior of your sink can prevent hard water stains.
  • Mixing a little coconut oil and baking soda together and rubbing it on a spill goes a long way to lifting the stain from your carpet and upholstery.

With these homemade cleaning supplies, you can rest assured your home will be clean and completely safe for your family and pets.

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