Using too many chemicals while cleaning and washing isn’t good for anyone. It’s bad for the planet and also for our health. If you have a baby at home, you should be especially careful while using chemical products. Try to use ecological solutions.
We all want to create a home where the entire family can feel safe. Your house or flat should be beautiful but also practical and in harmony with nature. Did you know that you only need a lemon or some vinegar to clean your home?
You Already Have Them at Home
The best natural cleaners are probably already available to you in your home. They’re effective, non-toxic, edible and, most importantly, cheap. Many people think that you need to spend tenths of euros on keeping your house clean but that’s not the case. You really don’t need to buy many chemical cleaning supplies. You can use natural products which you already have at home. Which products are we talking about?
Baking soda has a huge number of uses. It can be used to clean bathtubs or sinks, and you can even use it to wash clothing. It’s very mild on child skin and also doesn’t damage delicate clothes. It has a great effect when used to wash bedsheets or towels. It makes them softer and doesn’t leave stains or any odor. Baking soda can also be used to clean carpets. Just coat the carpet with soda, leave it for a couple of hours, and then vacuum it up. As a bonus, it also makes for a good deodorant and helps whiten teeth.
Vinegar is considered to be the most potent universal cleaner of all. You can use it to clean any kind of surface except for marble because it might leave stains on its surface. Vinegar is a great ecological alternative to almost all commercial products. It’s also cheap. You can use it to clean the bathtub, toilet or kitchen sink because, same as baking soda, it’s great against limescale. It also allows you to clean your windows without having to fear that your baby will inhale toxic fumes from other cleaners.
Everyone knows that lemons are a healthy fruit. Did you know that it’s not only full of vitamins but also contains the power to fight against dirt? It may be used as an alternative to chlorine, for example when you wash white clothes – just use half a cup of lemon with the baking soda we already mentioned. Don’t wash any other colors this way, however, because of the mixture’s natural whitening effects. The skin of a lemon can help get rid of a wide variety of unpleasant smells. Together with olive oil, lemon skin can also be used as a great polish for wooden furniture.
Salt is an irreplaceable helper when it comes to getting rid of stubborn stains. If your baby gets their clothes dirty all the time. If the stain is from fruit, just put salt on the stain immediately. You can also dip it in milk before washing. The same applies to red wine or blood stains. Put salt on the blood stain immediately or dip it into cold soda water.
Have you ever heard about nuts that you can use for washing? No? most nuts usually appear on our diet plan but soap nuts are a special breed that grows in Nepal and India. They are used in a very special way, to wash clothes. Washing with nuts it great for households that have a member with allergies or families with babies. The washed clothes are very soft and don’t irritate children’s skin. The shell of the nuts contains saponins, natural substances which have a soapy effect.
We hope you found our tips helpful and that they’ll help set you on a successful journey to gain a healthier and ecological household. If you use chemical products, remember that all of the named products are a great alternative whether you have a little baby or not. You’ll help our planet a lot by not polluting with dangerous chemicals. Your health will also improve.