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6 Non Toxic Ingredients for a Clean and Healthy Home

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Most store-bought cleaners contain chemicals that can potentially harm the health of your family, pets and the environment. Thankfully, nature has provided us with all the necessary ingredients to keep our homes spic and span without any hazardous chemicals. For a natural cleaning, use these six non-toxic ingredients, most of which you probably already have in the kitchen.

1. Lemon.

A natural bleaching agent and deodorizer that has a fantastic fresh scent, lemon juice also cuts through grease, removes stains, shines surfaces and eliminates mold and mildew.

2. Olive oil.

Olive oil is a great natural cleaner and polisher. Add some salt to scrub pots and pans. Rub it into leather to get scratches out. Add lemon juice or vinegar for a natural wood polisher.

3. White vinegar.

The natural acidity in white vinegar makes it a great natural antifungal and antibacterial. In addition to being a non-toxic degreaser, it eliminates soap scum.

4. Bi Carb (Baking Soda)

Bi Carb (Baking soda)  is an effective deodorizer, antiviral agent and scouring powder that eliminates grease and grime. To keep carpets and rugs fresh, sprinkle on some baking soda and vacuum after 15 minutes.

5. Club soda / Soda Water

For a safe and effective window cleaner, fill up a spray bottle with club soda/soda water and use a soft cotton cloth. If you need to cut through grease, add a little lemon juice.

6. Salt

Add some salt to white vinegar for a powerful cleaner with a deodorizing effect. A solution of salt and club soda will clean and deodorize the inside of your fridge.

Using ingredients like these is the sensible, healthy and easy way to clean your home. However if very sensitive to fragrances, chemicals and phenols it may be best to minimise the use of vinegar, lemon and olive oil.  Microfiber Cleaning cloths with water may be the better option!

For more on non toxic cleaning visit https://www.oregonmetro.gov/tools-living/healthy-home/green-cleaning

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