The ever-expanding arsenal of home cleaning products now includes several dangerous weapons, loaded with strong, artificial colors and fragrances and harsh cleansing agents like bleach, ammonia and acids. These chemicals can produce indoor air pollution by off-gassing toxic fumes that can irritate eyes and lungs. (Children and pets are most at risk.) Many cleaners also contain unnecessary antibacterial agents (pesticides, technically), that can actually make bacteria stronger, and more resistant to antibacterial drugs
I used to spray out the tub with disinfectant before running a bath, I would rinse as well as I could but I knew that I would soon be soaking in a chemical soup regardless. Soaking up the chemicals from household cleansers, Shampoo, Body wash, Conditioner, Shaving foam ect ect. Then you rinse that all down the drain and into our waterways. Not the cleanest option.
I’ve been using just pure baking soda to scrub out the tub and sink. I sprinkle about 1/4 cup all over the edges and scrub it with a damp sponge.
Try your own blends.
You can add essential oils to make them smell lovely as well. Tea tree oil smells great and is a powerful disinfectant add about 20-30 drops
Save your old plastic spray bottles and reuse them or buy some cheap small ones at the dollar store! For a great kitchen spray
Mix 2 cups hot water with one cup white Vinegar and half a cup of lemon juice. Spray on kitchen or bathroom counters.
For cutting boards..spray pure lemon juice and let sit for a few minutes. Lemon has strong antibacterial properties.
For mold and mildew. Spray hydrogen peroxide directly onto and let sit for ten minutes before rinsing.
Vinegar and water works great on windows and mirrors, use newspaper instead of paper towels to eliminate waste and rid of those pesky fibers left behind.
cut half a lemon place in a cup of water and microwave for two minutes, allow to sit for another 5 wipe out the microwave with the water
Mildly acidic white vinegar dissolves dirt, soap scum, and hard water deposits from smooth surfaces, yet is gentle enough to use in solution to clean hardwood flooring.
White vinegar is a natural deodorizer, absorbing odors instead of covering them up. (And no, your bathroom won’t smell like a salad! Any vinegar aroma disappears when dry.) With no coloring agents, white vinegar won’t stain grout on tiled surfaces. Because it cuts detergent residue, white vinegar makes a great fabric softener substitute for families with sensitive skin.
Baking soda’s mild abrasive action and natural deodorizing properties make it a powerful replacement for harsh commercial scouring powders. Put baking soda to work in your home:
Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge to tackle grimy bathtub rings, scour vanities, or remove food deposits from the kitchen sink.
For tougher grime, make a paste of baking soda and water, apply to the tub or sink, and allow to stand for 10 to 20 minutes. Dirt, soap scum and deposits soften and are easier to remove.