All of the Clean — None of the Chemicals!
Sure, we’ve all used conventional cleaning products at some point or another. But while chemical cleaners may do the job, some harsh ingredients can be damaging to certain surfaces, or may cause irritation to our skin or eyes. Fortunately, cleaning without chemicals is easier than you may realize, as you probably already have many of the ingredients at home — and you may be surprised at just how effective natural cleaners can be!
Here are five ways to keep high-traffic areas clean, au naturel:
Countertops. For non-porous surfaces, such as quartz or laminate, use a 50/50 mixture of water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Simply spray and wipe down as often as needed for an easy, effective, and chemical-free clean. For porous surfaces, such as granite, stone, or marble, vinegar can be damaging, so try substituting rubbing alcohol or even vodka for it.
Stainless Steel. Stainless steel tends to show a lot of fingerprints and residue, but it doesn’t take much to get it looking like new! Simply mix a mild soap or detergent with warm water and use a non-abrasive sponge to wipe the surface. Once cleaned, rinse the surface with fresh water and polish with a lint-free, dry cloth.
Refrigerator Shelves, Drawers, and Bins. The surfaces inside a refrigerator are high-touch areas that can quickly accumulate residue and buildup. No harsh cleaners are needed to get these areas sparkling clean. Mix a cup of baking soda into a bowl of water and wipe down all surfaces using a non-abrasive sponge.
Hard Water Deposits. Minerals from hard water can leave behind white residue on bathroom fixtures and kitchen faucets. Calcium deposits can appear tough to clean, but they’re relatively simple to dissolve — and no chemicals are needed! Simply scrub with lemon juice, then rinse thoroughly with clean water. If the deposit persists, try mixing two parts baking soda to one part vinegar. Rub the paste onto the buildup, let sit for 5 minutes, then scrub clean, rinse with water, and dry thoroughly.