Maria DiCarlo's Blog
We all know that cleaning supplies can be filled with chemicals and fragrances that are not the best for us to work with or live around. However, we also know that store bought solutions are very convenient. Maybe you would like to use more non-toxic cleaning supplies but are unsure of where to start. I’ve listed what you need to know below to get started with a more green cleaning routine! Everyday Cleaning: Choose cleaning products marked as non-toxic and microfiber clothes over traditional cleaners. These can usually be found in the natural section of stores. Microfiber clothes are also a fantastic multitasker to keep in your cleaning arsenal. Used damp they are great for cleaning and scrubbing while when dry they can be used for dusting. Since microfiber clothes are such cleaning superstars you will find yourself needing less cleaning product. When you do need a product to get the job done opt for a more natural or even homemade one. DIY: Ingredients that can get your home spick and span are also likely to already be in your cupboards. Check yours for the ingredients below!
- White vinegar or apple cider vinegar - removes dirt, bacteria, and mineral deposits and can be used as a multipurpose cleaner or as a fabric softener in the washer machine.
- Baking soda - absorbs odors and can be used as a gentle scouring agent on tubs and sinks.
- Hydrogen peroxide - a disinfectant and removes dirt, can be used a stain remover.
- Essential oils - for adding pleasant odors and some are disinfectants.
- Borax - eliminates odors and removes dirt.
- Castile soap - removes dirt and can be used as a detergent or multipurpose cleaner.
- Lemon juice- grease cutter, stain lifter, dissolves soap scum and removes mineral deposits.
- Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide - when combined they create an acid and can cause you harm or damage surfaces.
- Baking soda and vinegar - while they will bubble up the result is a completely ineffective, neutral solution.
- Castile soap and vinegar - the vinegar will turn the soap back into a white curdled substance leaving your home dirtier than you started.