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5 Natural Cleaning Product Alternatives That Actually Work


Does a sparkling kitchen leave you with irritation in your mouth or eyes? Have you ever felt an ache in more than just your arm when scrubbing at bathroom mold with bleach? As studies report, the toxic chemicals that lace everyday household cleaning products pose a significant threat to both our health and the environment.

UrbanYou cofounder Elke Keeley has tested and recommended her top natural cleaning solutions. From dryer sheets to salt, find out how you can be more mindful of your health by switching to these unexpected and au natural cleaning alternatives. The best part? You likely already have all of these products at home.

1. Toothpaste

Toothpaste is not only useful for shining your pearly whites, but it can be trusted to kick the tarnish from silver. Non-gel toothpaste is also useful for buffing away water stains on wooden tables when dabbed on the spot, left to dry, and cleaned with a damp cloth before finishing with furniture polish.

2. White Vinegar

Mold is a serious problem that can cause a multitude of conditions, such as insomnia, recurring colds and flu, and sinusitis. Getting rid of mold in your home depends on finding and treating the sources of moisture. To clean nonporous surfaces, use a solution of 80 percent white vinegar to 20 percent water. For porous surfaces, such as untreated timber, use a 70-percent alcohol solution.

3. Olive Oil and Salt

Season your coffee table with a cheap and straightforward kitchen concoction of olive oil and regular table salt to draw glass rings out of the grain and replenish the wood. The magic act from this paste may take up to a couple of weeks to visibly banish watermarks and restore the wood to its lustrous origins.

4. Baby Oil

Soak your old rags in baby oil for a quick grease-buster without the harsh scent of regular kitchen cleaners. Baby oil will not only cut grime from greasy appliances, but it will also buff metal appliances for a week-long shine.

5. Dryer Sheets

If your metal taps and appliances are in need of a revival, give them a quick and inexpensive polish with your used dryer sheets. Experience the anti-static properties of dryer sheets and combat dust buildup with these multifaceted wonders by running dryer sheets over the surfaces of your home.

This article was originally written by Homes to Love editors. For more, check out our sister site, Homes to Love.

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