You stand in the supermarket, hovering uncertainly in front of the cleaning products. These chemicals are dangerous, and you’re sure they can sense your fear.
You don’t want to buy them, but how else can you remove stubborn dirt from your home?
Relax, put the chemicals back, you don’t need them! There are plenty of eco-friendly cleaning solutions that you can use instead.
To get you started, we’ve put together a list of our favorite eco-friendly cleaning hacks. Your home will be spotless, and toxin-free, in no time!
1. Shiny Showerhead
Clean your crusty-looking showerhead by simply pouring white vinegar into a small plastic bag.
Place the bag over the showerhead until the whole fixture is submerged in the liquid. Fasten the bag and leave the showerhead to soak for a few hours.
If you have a brass, gold, or nickel-coated showerhead, remove the vinegar after 30 minutes.
Once you’ve removed the bag, run hot water to flush out the showerhead and wipe off any remaining mineral deposits.
2. Squeaky Clean Windows
White vinegar not only cleans showerheads but works wonders on windows too!
Make a mixture of 50/50 hot water and vinegar. Use a sponge to coat your windows in the solution. The vinegar will cut through all the grease and grime build-up on the glass.
For a streak-free finish, wipe the vinegar off with old newspaper.
3. Remove sticky residue from labels
An easy way to reduce waste is to reuse glass jars, but how do you get rid of the sticky residue from the old label?
Simply mix together equal amounts of baking soda and coconut oil into a thick paste. Apply it to the residue, wait a few minutes, and then rub the mixture off.
Voilà, a gleaming, blemish-free jar!
4. Cut Down on Drying Time
Did you know you can speed up tumble drying time using nothing but a towel?
Add a dry towel into the load at the beginning of the cycle. Remove it after about 15 minutes. The towel soaks up excess moisture, cutting down on drying time and energy bills!
5. Steam Clean Your Microwave
Scrubbing away at the baked-on dirt in your microwave is a real chore. Try this clever hack instead: pour a cup of water into a bowl along with a few slices of lemon. Microwave the water for three to five minutes on high. Leave the door closed for another five minutes.
The steam from the water softens the food splatter, and the lemon leaves your microwave smelling fresh.
6. Never Buy Cleaning Rags Again
Instead of buying cleaning rags, why not save money by using your old t-shirts?
100 percent cotton clothing works best. Cut the cloth into usable squares, but be sure to use sharp scissors to prevent the edges from fraying.
This tip is perfect for those who are sticklers for cleanliness, much like the folks at The Storage Box. Check out this article to see how they keep their storage containers clean.
7. Bright White Sneakers
Do your white sneakers look dull, stained, and grimy? If so, then this hack will save the day!
Simply make a paste out of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and water. Rub a few layers of the mixture into your shoes, then leave them to dry in the sun. After a few hours, give the shoes a good rinse.
These homemade cleaning products will make your shoes so bright, you’ll need to wear shades!
8. Make Your Oven Gleam
Only the toughest chemicals can remove baked-on oven grease, right?
Wrong. Put the chemicals aside and use natural cleaning products instead.
Mix baking soda and water into a paste and spread it around your oven. Leave it overnight, then wipe it off in the morning with a damp cloth.
Now spray vinegar around your oven. It will react with the baking soda residue and start to foam.
Wipe it down and repeat until your oven is shiny and clean!
Transform Your Home With These Eco-Friendly Cleaning Tips!
Save money, and the planet, by switching to these eco-friendly cleaning methods. They are sure to keep your house fresh, clean, and chemical-free!
Browse through the rest of our blog for more helpful household tips and tricks!