15 Chemical-Free Ways to Clean Your Home
Products used to clean furniture, carpets, and appliances are full of toxic chemicals that are known carcinogens. Try these alternative cleaning solutions to keep your home chemical-free!
Remove water rings from wood surfaces: Rub on baking soda
If someone forgot to use a coaster, mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a teaspoon of water. Then, rub in a circular motion until the stain is removed. Baking soda got its cleaning reputation for a reason.
Clean your carpet or rug: Start with baby powder
No need for harsh carpet cleaner on an area where kids or pets might play. First, take the odor out by dusting baby powder over the surface with a flour sifter and leave overnight. Vacuum away the powder in the morning. Then, dip a clean broom into a mixture of 1 gallon of warm water and 1 cup of white vinegar. Brush it onto the rug and let it dry.
Clear glass windows: Spray with vinegar
Mix together equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz glass surfaces. Then, polish with a soft cloth. This solution works just as well—and is much cheaper—than anything you can buy at the store. Here are 43 more new ways to use household staples you already own.
Polish shoes: Buff with baby oil
Just place a few drops of baby oil onto leather surfaces (shoes, bags, even jackets) and buff with a soft cloth. Make sure to wipe away excess oil. Don’t miss these other smart ways adults can use baby products.
Take stains off tile and tubs: Use cream of tartar
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This is one of the best natural cleaning products for stains. Put a few tablespoons of cream of tartar and add hydrogen peroxide (a great non-toxic cleaning agent) drop by drop until the mixture turns into a thick paste. Spread onto the stain and let dry. Then, just rinse off with warm water. Check out these other 8 household staples you never knew could remove stains.