Natural Cleaning Ingredients: Properties & Uses

Initial design 2Most of you know we offer ‘Protection Products’ such as Smart Choice that is a safe organic multipurpose cleaner, sanitizer, soil amendment and is even used in drinking water to reduce Nitrates and Nitrites you the body. But did you know that you can use natural products around the house to clean just about everything.

Natural Cleaning Ingredients: Properties & Uses

Vinegar: An outstanding multipurpose cleaner, vinegar is acidic and naturally antibacterial but not antiseptic which just means that it will retard and kill some bacteria but not all. Smart Choice will do this and more. Vinegar is also outstanding for removing mineral deposits, grease, mold, and even rust. It cleans glass, mirrors, and veggies, softens and restores color to fabrics, and cuts pet and other strong odors with ease. Vinegar is also a great natural insect repellent. Smart will also kill bugs, including fleas on contact. Since its a spray you can kill large groups of flying insects.

Baking Soda: An essential multipurpose cleaner, baking soda shares many of the cleaning properties of vinegar. It has excellent scouring properties without damaging chrome or tile, making it ideal for scrubbing surfaces, such as stove-tops. It naturally removes odors of all kinds, as well as many stains.

Borax: A strong anti-fungal, antiseptic, antiviral mineral compound, borax is a multipurpose cleaner that’s gotten a bad rap. However, if you’re committed to using a natural alternative to laundry detergent and dish-washing liquid that really gets stuff clean, it’s definitely a key ingredient! Borax also makes a an excellent bathroom cleaner. This is where Diatomaceous Earth comes in. It doesn’t have the toxic properties of Borax. Do not put it in with your washing.

Washing Soda or Castile Soap: These natural bubbly alternatives are sure to do the trick! Castile soap is made out of a vegetable base such as olive oil, and it doesn’t contain any animal fats. When using Castile soap in natural cleaning recipes, it’s best to dilute it with equal parts water. Washing soda is similar to baking soda with a sudsy twist. It’s found naturally in sodium rich plants and some seaweed, but is commonly made from salt and limestone. These are both excellent alternative. Using natural alternative may take time to get use to. Chemical based cleaners are the equivalent of killing a flea with a sledge hammer but natural products do the job when applied properly

Lemongrass or Tea Tree Oil: Not only do a few drops of these essential oils add outstanding antibacterial properties to natural cleaning alternatives, but they also add great smells to them. About two tablespoons of these essential oils can also be mixed with ½ cup of witch hazel and ½ cup aloe vera juice for a quick, non-toxic hand-sanitizer. They may leave a slight film where Smart Choice will actually remove film and disinfect and may be less expensive.

Lemon Juice: I love lemon juice. It is naturally acidic and works a lot like vinegar, and adds a great citrus smell when mixed with vinegar-based home cleaning recipes. It can be used to remove odors and lift stains and is a great de-greasing agent for dish-washing purposes. Most people don’t know that if you leave your whites in an overnight soak it will brighten them.

Mineral Oil: Use this for cleaning wood by itself, or mix with vinegar and a few drops of essential oil. Use mineral oil for stopping squeaky doors and drawers, or anything around the house that needs a little natural lubrication. Vaseline also does this but is a petroleum product and should not be used for wound care.

3 Basic Natural Cleaning Recipes

Multi-Purpose Cleaner: Mix equal parts vinegar, lemon juice, and water with several drops of lemongrass or tea tree oil.

Dish-Washing and Dish-Washer Liquid: Add one cup washing powder or diluted castile soap, one cup borax or baking soda, ½ cup lemon juice, and ½ cup of salt to four cups of water. Mix well before each use.

Laundry Detergent: Add equal parts borax and washing powder or diluted castile soap to washer, about ½ cup each for a large load of laundry. Use about ½ cup of vinegar to replace fabric softener. There are ‘Cleaning Balls’ presently sold on the shopping channels that work well and are less expensive that commercial laundry products.

Beyond the Basics

Once you’ve obtained your seven key ingredients and gotten familiar with the basics, try experimenting with them. Many combinations of these key ingredients can be created to suit your natural cleaning preferences. You can also start adding additional antibacterial essential oils for even better smelling recipes, such as lavender, peppermint, which also retard fleas, lemon, orange, clove, etc. Have fun creating toxic-free natural cleaning supplies that are better for you and the environment and keeping your home chemical free.

 

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  1. FOS

    These are some great tips. When you have a sec, would you take a look into Freshana's all natural pet cleaning products? I think they'd be a great fit for you and your readers. Thanks! Look forward to hearing back from you. Freshana.com

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