Forget about harsh chemical products, it’s possible to clean anything using products that are relatively natural and environmentally friendly. By using many commercial cleaners, you can compromise your own health but also put strong chemicals down the drains. The cleaning products that you use don’t simply just disappear after you finish using them, they enter our sewerage system and eventually are dumped somewhere, typically in out oceans.
Using powerful acid/alkaline cleaners can cause allergies and respiratory problems due to the strong fumes released. Care must be taken when using many chemical cleaners in your bathroom to ensure there is ventilation. Without proper ventilation some serious damage to your eyes and lungs can occur. The results are potentially fatal.
The Good News
Well, the good news that we’re about to share with you is that your bathroom can be cleaned very well with 3 basic ingredients.
The first of these ingredients is vinegar. Vinegar is a good general disinfectant and acts as a mild surfactant. The acidity of vinegar is what gives it antibacterial properties. There is also a deodorizing effect. After the initial vinegar smell has gone, it leaves behind a fresh and clean smell which is pleasant on the nose.
To use vinegar as a cleaner, mix about 50% vinegar with water and then use a sponge to wipe down surfaces as you normally would. By putting a few cups of vinegar in the toilet bowl you can dissolve any ‘ring’ that forms at the water level.
Lemon juice is another good house cleaning product. Lemon juice is most useful for cleaning metallic surfaces. The reason for this is the weak acid effects are good at removing the metal oxides that form on metal surfaces. Vinegar will also achieve this, just as lemon juice will achieve many of the effects of vinegar. It is perfectly OK to mix these two ingredients together.
Lemon Juice is also handy for cleaning out microwaves, simply add lemon juice to some water in a cup and then microwave so that the liquid boils for a couple of minutes. This will help freshen the microwave and loosen food stains so that they can easily be wiped off.
Baking soda has a few properties about it that make it a good cleaning product. The first and foremost is that it acts as an abrasive agent. Many bathroom crème cleansers get their strength simply from being mildly abrasive as well as soapy. In fact, it’s worthwhile to comment that cleaning in general is more about a mechanical removal of grime, rather than a magical chemical reaction that dissolves grime. A cleaning product is simply something that helps assist your own elbow grease to push the dirt away. Baking soda definitely fits this description.
Another benefit of baking soda is that it tends to absorb odours nicely. Putting some baking soda in a small open container in a fridge will help keep it fresher.
Hopefully you have enjoyed learning about three environmentally friendly cleaning products to clean your bathroom, or any room in the house for that matter. We’re not saying that using baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice is perfectly good for the environment, but it’s certainly a better option than cleaners containing ingredients such as sulfamic acid, bleach and other extremely toxic chemicals. As for your health, there are huge benefits to using these three simple and relatively natural cleaning products.
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