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The Best Eco-Friendly Cleaning Hacks

March 5, 2024

The Best Eco-Friendly Cleaning Hacks

Introduction

As someone who cares about the environment, I’m always looking for ways to make my home cleaning routine more eco-friendly. Harsh chemicals found in many conventional cleaning products can be harmful to our health and the environment. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple, affordable, and effective alternatives. In this article, I’ll share my favorite eco-friendly cleaning hacks to help you ditch harsh chemicals and keep your home sparkling clean in an environmentally responsible way.

Use Baking Soda as a Natural Scrubber

Baking soda is one of the most versatile eco-friendly cleaning ingredients. It works as a gentle abrasive to lift dirt, grease, and grime from surfaces. To use baking soda as a scrub, simply sprinkle it onto the surface you want to clean, add a few drops of water or lemon juice to form a paste, then scrub away. Rinse thoroughly afterwards. Baking soda is great for cleaning sinks, countertops, bathtubs, appliances, pots and pans. It also helps deodorize and works as a natural antibacterial agent. The best part is that baking soda is very affordable and non-toxic.

Clean With Vinegar Solutions

White vinegar makes an excellent natural cleaner and disinfectant. Mix equal parts warm water and plain white vinegar in a spray bottle to create an all-purpose cleaning solution. Use it to clean countertops, floors, windows, mirrors, and other hard surfaces. The mild acidity in vinegar dissolves grease, soap scum, and grime. It’s also effective at killing bacteria and germs without harsh fumes. Distilled white vinegar is inexpensive and works like a charm. For extra cleaning power, add a few drops of lemon essential oil.

Scrub With Coarse Salt

Table salt works like a gentle scouring powder for cleaning without scratching delicate surfaces. The coarse grains lift stuck-on food and residue from pots, pans, cooking utensils, and counters. To use it, sprinkle salt directly onto the dirty surface, then scrub with a damp sponge or cloth. Rinse thoroughly afterwards. Salt cleans and disinfects without adding chemicals. Bonus tip: for really tough burnt-on messes, make a paste with salt and lemon juice or vinegar to break them down fast.

Harness the Power of Lemon

Lemons are naturally antibacterial, antiseptic, and full of citric acid that can cut through grease and soap scum. For an easy all-purpose cleaner, mix equal parts lemon juice with water in a spray bottle. Use it to clean most hard surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom. Try combining lemon juice with baking soda to boost cleaning power. Lemon juice also removes stains and disinfects cutting boards. After cleaning with lemon juice, rinse well and dry surfaces completely to avoid streaks.

Opt for Plant-Based Liquid Soaps

Traditional dish and laundry soaps contain synthetic fragrances, colors, and preservatives that can irritate skin and pollute waterways. Switching to plant-based liquid soaps made from renewable ingredients is an easy way to make cleaning routines more eco-friendly. Look for liquid hand and dish soaps made from organic oils like coconut, castor, and olive oil. For laundry, try plant-based liquid detergents free from phosphates and dyes. Not only are these products better for the planet, they clean just as effectively as conventional soaps.

Microfiber Cloths – Less Cleanser Needed

Microfiber cloths have ultra-fine fibers that act like tiny scrubbers to lift and trap dirt easily. These reusable cloths clean efficiently using just water, or a small amount of eco-friendly cleanser. The key is rubbing in a circular motion. Microfiber cloths work great for cleaning windows, mirrors, phones, TV screens, and other shiny surfaces without scratching them. They pick up dust and dirt much faster than old rags and paper towels. Toss them in the laundry after use. Reduce waste and your need for chemical cleaners with these magical cloths!

Use Essential Oils as Natural Disinfectants

Many plant-derived essential oils have natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Certain oils can be used to naturally disinfect household surfaces. Some of the best options are tea tree, eucalyptus, lemon, lavender, and peppermint oils. Add a few drops of your chosen disinfecting oil to a spray bottle filled with water. Use this solution to wipe down high touch areas like doorknobs, countertops, and appliance handles. Essential oil sprays provide a streak-free shine without toxic fumes. Just be sure to test them first on a small area to check for any damage or discoloration.

Go Old School With Castile Bar Soap

Bar soaps fell out of favor with the rise of liquid soaps, but solid bar castile soaps are making a comeback. Castile soap is made purely from vegetable oils like olive, coconut, hemp, or palm oils. With no synthetic foaming agents, castile soap bars can be used to hand-wash dishes, clothes, clean floors, and so much more. Just submerge the soap bar in water to dissolve some soap, then apply using a cloth or brush. Castile soap is also great for cleaning skin without stripping away natural oils. And a single bar lasts a long time compared to liquid soap in plastic bottles.

Disinfect With Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a safe and effective disinfectant that breaks down into simple water and oxygen. Use hydrogen peroxide to clean and disinfect surfaces around the home without harmful fumes or residues. To disinfect household surfaces, mix equal parts 3% hydrogen peroxide with water in a spray bottle. Mist onto surfaces like bathroom sinks, kitchen counters, doorknobs, and more. Allow to sit for several minutes before wiping clean with a cloth. Hydrogen peroxide solutions work well to remove stains and whiten surfaces too. Rinse thoroughly after use.

Dryer Sheets – Reusable and Washable

Throwaway plastic dryer sheets aren’t great for the planet. A better option is reusable dryer sheets that can be washed and reused for months. Look for reusable dryer sheets made from absorbent materials like organic cotton, bamboo, or hemp. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil onto the sheet before tossing into the dryer with your laundry. The oils naturally scent clothes without synthetic perfumes. Reusable sheets also reduce static and soften fabrics. When they look dirty, simply toss them in the wash to refresh. Using reusable dryer sheets helps cut down on single-use plastics.

Conclusion

Being eco-friendly doesn’t mean you have to compromise on clean. With some simple ingredient swaps and reusable products, you can ditch harsh chemicals and keep your home sparkling clean in an environmentally responsible way. Baking soda, vinegar, lemon, microfiber cloths, and plant-based soaps get the job done without toxins. Implement a few of these helpful cleaning hacks to go green while keeping your home fresh and healthy. Our planet will thank you!

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