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3 Ways to Clean Your Home without Chemicals

As noted in various reports by the non-profit Environmental Working Group, many common cleaning products found in stores and online contain ingredients that exacerbate or cause a wide range of health problems. Several common cleaning chemicals have been linked to numerous health issues. Even Material Safety Data Sheets that manufacturers create for these cleaners do not always supply enough information about the potential risks related to using them.

You do not have to rely on these types of cleaners and their poor safety warnings. Consider these alternatives for dealing with top cleaning challenges:

 

Tough Stains

Many people use strong acids, bleach and other harsh cleaning ingredients to remove tough stains from surfaces. All that you actually need in most situations is the same product that you use to safely clean stains from your teeth, toothpaste, along with a toothbrush and perhaps an additional abrasive substance like baking soda or pumice powder. For extra-tough stains, rub the toothpaste gently across the surface with a loofah scrubbing sponge or micro-abrasive melamine resin foam eraser.

 

Clogged Drains

You can clear most clogs caused by natural obstacles like bio-film, mineral deposits and hair through manual means and cooking ingredients. Detach and pull out the sink stopper and use long tweezers or a drain snake to remove hair and other debris blocking the drain. To keep the drain clear of bio-film and deposits, once a month pour boiling water down the drain, then follow with a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar. Wait ten minutes, and clear the drain with more boiling water.

 

Bad Odors

Many homeowners spray air freshening products to deal with bad odors in garbage bins, clothing hampers and the air. You can handle this problem by turning instead to natural products that absorb and mask odors like baking soda, orange and lemon peels and strong herbs like cloves and mint. If a bad odor is too strong, pour baking soda into a cup and mix drops of an essential oil like one of doTERRA’s products into it. Consider cedarwood, Douglas fir, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, spearmint or wintergreen.

 

As you can see, it is possible to clean your home without dangerous chemicals. It is also possible to do it without spending a lot of extra money on special all-natural cleaning products. Protect yourself, your loved ones, and pets in the long run by switching to these three top healthier cleaning methods today.

Claire Stewart

Claire Stewart is a freelance writer and blogger focused on writing about health, travel, and business among other topics. She graduated from Washington State University with a Bachelors in Women’s Studies and currently lives in Seattle with her goldfish, Merlin.