Loving your home includes keeping it clean, neat and tidy. Studies have actually shown that a person’s anxiety is much lower when they are in a room with less clutter compared to one with significant clutter.
Natural cleaning products
Beyond clutter, dirt and grime can also impact the way we feel in our environment. There are so many cleaning products on the market that are actually harmful to your health, especially on a weekly or even daily basis. A large number of people are turning to all-natural cleaning products and are even looking into learning out how to make their own.
It is important to remember that not all cleaners are created equal. If you are purchasing an all-natural cleaner, be sure to read the label and follow the instructions as not to cause damage to your furniture or hard surfaces.
Tips on making natural cleaning solutions
If you are making a natural cleaner, there are lots of tried and trusted ingredients to choose from. This being said, be careful. Vinegar is an ingredient that tops most natural cleaner lists. But it can be very harsh and corrosive. Do not use a homemade or store bought vinegar solution for any of your marble surfaces as it will pit and de-gloss the marble.
Another place you will be tempted to use vinegar is in the shower. This is ok as long as you do not have silicone, as vinegar is also known to eat away at silicone.
A great alternative is baking soda mixed with water. Fill a small dish with baking soda and then add water until you have created a paste, this paste can then be applied to glass doors, grout and tiles to help get rid of water stains, mold and mildew.
If your shower is pretty new or has been kept fairly clean, you can also try e-cloths. This is a company in the UK that has created microfiber cloths that can clean just about anything! They have different cloths depending on the task and all you need to add is water!
Visit e-cloth.com to learn more.
DIY cleaning solutions
To make your own solutions, grab a couple of spray bottles from the dollar store and fill and label them. For a kitchen solution that is great when it comes to cutting grease, fill with a mix of water and dish soap. This one will already smell lovely if your dish soap is scented, if not, use a couple drops of essential oils.
For an all-purpose cleaner, not for marble, mix equal parts water and vinegar and then add 10-20 drops of essential oil. Last, but not least, another helpful and little known hint is that toothpaste cleans silverware!