It's ironic that most of the materials you use to clean a new house can actually cause harm to your family. Many household cleaners and cleaning aids contain a lot of dangerous chemicals and pesticides. Some can cause allergies and asthma, whist others can even damage the central nervous system if inhaled or ingested. You shouldn't put your family at risk by using toxic materials when house cleaning. Go for non toxic cleaners, instead, and research on more eco-friendly ways to clean your new house. Follow these simple methods below to keep your family safe from harmful household cleaners.
1. Clean shower heads or mineral deposits on taps with vinegar. It's amazing what ordinary vinegar can do. Fill a plastic bag with vinegar, wrap your shower head in it and secure with rubber bands. Leave your shower head to soak overnight. Rinse with warm water the next day and voila--a shiny shower head that is good as new! You can also use vinegar to clean glass shower doors. Simply soak a rag with vinegar and wipe the glass doors with it.
2. Get rid of mold with borax and vinegar. Although it sounds harmful, borax is actually a safe house cleaning ingredient. Borax is a natural mineral that is often used to kill mold and mildew. Mix half a cup of vinegar with half a cup of Borax and warm water. Store this mixture in a glass bottle and spray on mold and mildew.
3. Clean a dirty oven with baking soda. Create a non toxic cleaner by making a paste out of baking soda and a little hot water. You can then use a sponge to wipe your oven clean.
4. Unclog that drain by pouring baking soda in it, followed by vinegar. Wait for 15 minutes then pour hot water down the drain. You can repeat the process until your drain gets unclogged.
5. Freshen up your garbage disposal with ground ice and lemon. The ice keeps the blades sharp and the lemon freshens it.
6. Make your bath tub sparkle with this non-toxic mixture. Create a handy house cleaning tool with a lemon half dipped in borax. Rub bathroom tiles and your bathtub with it, then rinse and dry.
7. Restore shine to your furniture with mayonnaise, olive oil or iced tea. These might sound like the ingredients of a tasty snack, but they can buff your furniture to its original shine.
8. Clean your silver dining sets with toothpaste. Simply squeeze an ample amount onto a soft cloth and use this to wipe your silver.
9. Get the grime out of mirrors and windows with plain vinegar. Just mix two teaspoons with warm water and you've got the perfect house cleaning mixture for windows!
10. Clean toilets with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Pour both into your bowl and let stand for a few minutes. You can then scour your toilets with a brush. For a fresher scent, you can even add a few drops of lemon juice into your toilets.
Cleaning a new house can be very stressful and tiring. But don't add to your stress by putting your family in harm's way. Choose safe, non toxic household cleaners instead of those that contain harmful chemicals. There are a lot of options you can use, including ordinary household ingredients that you can find in your cupboard.